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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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

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... 

And the Winner Is ….

Maranatha-Carlisle was one of the agencies participating in the United Way’s Taking It To The Streets event held in coordination with the Carlisle 4 Kids distribution of backpacks and school supplies at the Expo Center on August 9. Children who came to the Maranatha table were given a Money Puzzle to be turned in to the Maranatha office. Completed games received were included in a drawing held on Tuesday, August 15. There were five names drawn for a prize of $10 each. And the winners... 

Cathy Bowers Named Executive Director

After serving Maranatha for the past 11 1/2 years, Joan Jones has announced that she will be stepping down and Cathy Bowers will become the new Executive Director, effective September 1, 2014.  Joan served as Board Chair for 8 1/2 years and during that time also assumed the role of Financial Manager.  She became the Executive Director in July, 2011. Cathy, formerly Manager of the Hanover Street branch of  Orrstown Bank, joined Maranatha as an Account Manager in February 2012.  Her management... 

New Employee Welcomed

Barrie Ann George has joined the Maranatha team, as a part-time employee, to assist in raising funds through grant writing.  Barrie Ann is a graduate of Shippensburg University and has had extensive experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region and the United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County.  We are happy to have Barrie Ann on board and look forward to working with her.  Read More

Maranatha Carlisle Names Director

Eight years after she helped to found the organization, Joan Jones is now the executive director of Maranatha Carlisle. Read more: http://www.cumberlink.com/news/local/article_0b39d8e4-d1ef-11e0-b37c-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1WSmMobQG – The Sentinel  Read More

Contact Us

717-258-1000 Phone
717-218-9858 Fax


Mailing Address:
PO Box 1320
Carlisle, PA 17013

The Wellington
17 East High Street
Suite 104
Carlisle, PA 17013


Maranatha-Carlisle is a Christian ministry serving clients without regard to race, creed, color, gender or ethnic origin.

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