About

Maranatha-Carlisle is a charitable ministry whose primary focus is to educate consumers about sound financial management.  We help individuals and families establish household budgets that are realistic and manageable.

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Learn how you can get in touch with us.  You can reach us by telephone, email or snail mail.  See a map of our location.  You can also learn how to apply for our services.

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An investment in Maranatha-Carlisle is an investment in your community.  Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  We accept donations by mail.

Our History

“Financial Counseling Services changes lives”…those were the words of Scott Dixson, a caseworker at the Salvation Army, in 2001 as he met with members of Samaritan Fellowship to discuss financial counseling options.  They were convinced there was a need, beyond setting up a budget, for some of those who came to Samaritan Fellowship seeking financial assistance. In the fall of 2002, a meeting of representatives from local agencies was held in Carlisle.  The Director of Financial Counseling Services, a Chambersburg ministry, outlined the concept of providing assistance with bill paying.  The representatives were enthusiastic and more meetings followed.  In January, 2003, the Carlisle office was opened as a branch of the Chambersburg ministry in the United Way building.  About this same time, the name of the ministry was changed to Maranatha.  In 2006 the Carlisle office became incorporated as Maranatha-Carlisle and received IRS approval for its own non-profit status. We... 

Our Blog

Join us Tuesday 3/19 at the Hamilton Restaurant

From their scrapple and eggs to the cold meatloaf sandwich to their famous “hotchee” dog, Hamilton Restaurant is one of the best places in town for high quality, scratch-made, American cuisine.  Maranatha-Carlisle recently sat down with Athan Mazias, who helps run the family business, to talk about the Hamilton Restaurant and their participation in the Match Madness campaign for Maranatha-Carlisle. When you walk in the Hamilton Restaurant, you can’t help but feel a hint of nostalgia…and... 

Join us March 12th at 1794 Whiskey Rebellion

‘A local eatery rich in American tradition’ is how Meredith McNutt, area director of sales for Choice Hotels describes 1794 Whiskey Rebellion.  That tradition includes recognizing the historical significance of Carlisle in United States history while focusing on being involved in and with the community, which is why they decided to partner with Maranatha-Carlisle and participate in our Match Madness campaign on Tuesday, March 12. Since opening four years ago, 1794’s nod to Carlisle’s... 

Meet Cassell’s Grille!

The farm-to-table movement has surged in the past few years, however the idea of providing locally sourced American cuisine has been a staple at Cassell’s Grille in Mt. Holly Springs for over a decade. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Nolan Cassell, who runs Cassell’s Grille with his family, to talk about the restaurant and their participation in the Maranatha-Carlisle Match Madness fundraising campaign. Nolan describes Cassell’s as a family-friendly restaurant that... 

Meet Momma Spriggs

We recently had an opportunity to sit down with Steve and Tony Cutia to talk with them about their restaurant, Momma Spriggs, and their participation in Maranatha-Carlisle’s Match Madness campaign. From the moment you walk into Momma Spriggs Restaurant, you will be impressed by the warm, family-friendly atmosphere.  However, their menu is full of comfort food items like meatloaf and chicken pot pie with a fine-dining flair. Through Easter they have supplemented their menu with special... 

Meet Chris Petsinis, N. Hanover Grille

“We are put on this planet for a reason.” This is the philosophy of Chris Petsinis, owner of North Hanover Grille, and it is one of the reasons why Chris and his wife Teri decided to partner with Maranatha-Carlisle for the Partnership for Better Health’s Match Madness campaign.  In fact, it is the reason Chris and Teri have become such vital members of the Carlisle community and are always willing to help worthy causes. When we sat down with Chris recently, we asked him how he settled... 

News for Immediate Release: Maranatha-Carlisle Joins with Partnership for Better Health Match Madness Campaign

Your donations can have even more impact by joining Maranatha-Carlisle in participating in the Match Madness campaign offered by the Partnership for Better Health and M&T Bank from March 1st to 31st. Maranatha-Carlisle is a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization that assists vulnerable people in the community by providing them with sound financial management services. This allows the clients, who have a limited income, to maintain financial stability while living independently. With this help... 

Meet “Dave”

  At Maranatha-Carlisle, we work with those most vulnerable in our community by helping them make sure their basic needs are taken care of while teaching them sound financial practices to help them maintain financial stability. An excellent example of this two-pronged approach is “Dave” (name changed to protect confidentiality). “Dave” has been a client of ours for several years now, and we have been working with him to make sure his bills are paid while putting a little bit... 

Maranatha by the Numbers….and Beyond

With the generous help of our donors, we were able to do some amazing things for our clients in 2018, and the numbers show it. We helped our clients: – Pay over $1.6 million for housing – Purchase over $1 million worth of food, clothes and personal needs – Pay over $200,000 for utilities and heat – Pay over $275,000 for medical expenses Of course this doesn’t show all the funds we disbursed, but it does demonstrate how we helped cover most basic needs for our clients. However,... 

Meet the New Communication and Development Intern!

I’m Caitlin Filiato and I have recently started as the Marketing and Communications Intern at Maranatha-Carlisle. I am originally from Newtown, Connecticut and am currently a senior at Dickinson College where I study International Business & Management and Spanish. Outside of schoolwork, I play oboe in the Dickinson College Community Orchestra and tutor for the Spanish department. I have a background in event planning and communications through prior internship experience.... 

Cathy Bowers, July 16, 1966 – October 9, 2018

It is with a heavy heart that we share this news. Cathy Bowers, Executive Director for Maranatha-Carlisle, passed away October 9th. Cathy was battling her illness for the better part of eleven months. We will sorely miss her smile and bubbly personality, her love and passion for our clients, and her exemplary service to Maranatha. We all know Cathy is in a better place, in Heaven and in God’s arms with no more suffering. Please pray for her and her family. She leaves behind two boys... 

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