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Young People Who Care

Young People Who Care Ministriesis a grass roots ministry in which volunteers respond to the needs of people in Central Appalachia Pennsylvania. YPWC was founded as a response to the Pastoral Letter, This Land is Home to Me. "We commend, where they exist, and recommend where they do not, centers of popular culture... places where the poor feel welcome, spaces for people to come and share at all levels, so that if a new society is to be born, it will emerge from the grass roots."

See what got done during the Summer Service Program of 2012!

Its Mission

Young People Who Care, Inc. is a Catholic grassroots ministry.  YPWC provides a wide, ecumenical circle of care among those who give and those who receive.  Its members are committed to creating a holistic and nonjudgmental environment where the exchange of culture, education and training empower individuals and groups.  While adapting to changing times and needs, prayer, hospitality, simplicity and service remain constant characteristics of Young People Who Care, Inc.

History of Young People Who Care, Inc.

Young People Who Care, Inc. was founded in Frenchville, PA in Clearfield County in 1976.  Under the leadership of Sr. Therese Dush, both youth and adults came together to start a Mission that would serve the needy of Clearfield County and neighboring counties.  YPWC, Inc. is a volunteer organization that began reaching out to those in need by providing assistance with home repairs, cleaning, transportation to medical appointments, and other services that were not available through other agencies.  Over the past 30 years, the ministry of YPWC, Inc. has expanded from the direct social service program, which it still provides, to include adult and youth retreats, spiritual direction and counseling, emergency shelter for women and children, and services for pregnant women and those with infants.
 Contemplative Outreach of Central Pennsylvania

Bethany Retreat Center

Rejoice always, never cease praying,
render constant thanks,
such is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not stifle the spirit.
Do not despise prophecies.
Test everything; retain what is good.
Avoid any semblance of evil.
1 Thes. 5:16-22


Ministries of Young People Who Care, Inc.

Marian House has provided temporary shelter and assistance in Clearfield County and the surrounding areas for women and children in crisis since 1982.

Life Line is a pro-life ministry that offers free assistance to pregnant women, parents, and infants in need since 1986.

Bethany Retreat Center was established in 1982 by the Ananwim Religious Community. It is a place apart to rest, renew and be recreated for those seeking a deeper relationship with God.

Volunteer Program is for men and women who want to volunteer their time inservice for the empowerment of the people of rural Appalachia.

Young People Who Care, Inc
PO Box 129, Frenchville, PA  16836