Treasures For Life Transformations - YRK Magazine
lifepath christian ministries
  • 371 W. Market St. P.O. Box 1968 York, PA 17405
  • 717.845.7662 (ext. 1107)

Treasures For Life Transformations

Writer michael vyskocil
Photographer eric forberger

Amid clothing racks and home furnishings, pillows and purses, people can discover treasures that go beyond material items alone. These treasures — acceptance, dignity, encouragement, love and respect — are ones that those who seek can find at LifePath Christian Ministries Economy Stores.

These Economy Stores — in downtown York, Dallastown and Dover — offer quality merchandise to individuals in need in York County. LifePath’s Corporate and Community Engagement Manager Dave Cook witnessed this need firsthand. When he first joined the LifePath team in 2016, he managed the downtown York Economy Store, a role that transformed him as a person and opened him up to a role of service that he says God was leading him to do.

“I realized that the Economy Store was much more than just a place to buy things. People were coming here because this was their community. It was a place where they weren’t judged by race or status. Many people from all walks of life shop here,” he says. “An experience like this changes your perspective on people. When you have the opportunity like I had, preconceptions of people evaporate.”

Cook emphasizes that the Economy Stores operate through the generous contributions of the York County community. All items given to LifePath Christian Ministries are made available to the public at bargain prices or free of charge. Proceeds from the Economy Stores go directly back to LifePath to provide life-transformative resources to those in need of recovery, renewal, restoration and re-engagement.

Additionally, these Economy Stores offer opportunities for LifePath clients to learn valuable life skills while serving customers at the stores. To understand the impact these Economy Stores make on those in need, consider that in one month close to 9,000 people visit the downtown York location alone.

That impact, he says, can be witnessed in the friendships and fellowship that flourish here. “For some who are leading quiet lives of desperation, the store has in a way become life itself.”

INSIDER TIP

LifePath Christian Ministries offers convenient pick-up service for donations to its Economy Stores, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (call 717.845.7662). All items are accepted at LifePath’s discretion.

lifepath christian ministries
  • 371 W. Market St. P.O. Box 1968 York, PA 17405
  • 717.845.7662 (ext. 1107)