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

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 Our Newest Partner

The English playwright John Heywood is credited with coining the phrase “Many hands make light work”, a mantra we fully embrace at Maranatha-Carlisle.  We certainly couldn’t help all the people we do without our many business, community, and faith partners, which is why we are excited to announce our newest partner, CommunityAid. CommunityAid is a Christian organization founded in 2009 with a mission of providing affordable clothing and jobs to employees, many of whom were seeking... 

Meet the Millers

The Miller family (name changed to protect confidentiality) have had a challenging time.  Mr. Miller has some serious health issues that have affected his eyesight to the point he can’t drive.  He was referred to us by several of our partner service organizations because his social security income doesn’t even cover his rent.  His landlord has been generous enough to give him a reduced rate on his rent, which gives him just enough money to have a cell phone for emergencies. The only... 

Maranatha-Carlisle is on the Move

July 1, 2019 will mark a new chapter in the life of Maranatha-Carlisle. After an extensive search they will be moving to 20 N. Hanover Street Suite 202 in Carlisle.  Maranatha-Carlisle is a financial guidance ministry that helps families and individuals achieve and maintain financial stability so they can live independently.  Maranatha-Carlisle was first formed in January of 2003 with a mission of working with clients using their income to establish a reasonable budget that ensures their... 

Meet our “new” Account Manager: Peggy Shaub

“I just love helping people who really need it and can’t help themselves” That’s why Peggy Shaub came back to Maranatha-Carlisle as an account manager.  If that name sounds familiar, that’s because Peggy was with Maranatha-Carlisle for two years prior to retiring in 2018.  Peggy didn’t go far though as, even after “retiring”, she was a regular volunteer.  When an account manager position opened back up, Peggy realized she missed the relationships she had built with the... 

Tuesday Testimonial: Meet “Alan”

Editor’s Note: To highlight the difference Maranatha-Carlisle is making in people’s lives, we are going to be regularly posting a success story of one of our clients. This week for “Testimonial Tuesday” we would like to tell you about the success story of our client Alan (name changed for privacy reasons). When Alan began working with Maranatha-Carlisle, he was extremely needy. He had no understanding of how to manage his own finances and Maranatha-Carlisle had to invest a lot... 

Testimonial Tuesday: Meet “Doug”

Editor’s Note: To highlight the difference Maranatha-Carlisle is making in people’s lives, we are going to be regularly posting a success story of one of our clients. This week for “Testimonial Tuesday” we would like to tell you about the success story of our client Doug (name changed for privacy reasons). Doug is one of our clients who we feel has made great strides in becoming more financially literate and has learned how to budget effectively. He is currently working a full... 

Testimonial Tuesday: Meet “Julia”

Editor’s Note: To highlight the difference Maranatha-Carlisle is making in people’s lives, we are going to be regularly posting a success story of one of our clients. This week for “Testimonial Tuesday” we would like to tell you about the success story of our client Julia (name changed for privacy reasons). “Julia” started with Maranatha-Carlisle in 2014 and has been working ever since to learn how to manage her money. At first, she had difficulty adjusting to working with... 

Testimonial Tuesday: Meet the Browns

Editor’s Note: To highlight the difference Maranatha-Carlisle is making in people’s lives, we are going to be regularly posting a success story of one of our clients. This week for “Testimonial Tuesday” we would like to tell you about the success story of our clients Rick and Katie Brown (name changed for privacy reasons). Rick and his wife Katie came to us in 2013 through a referral from Housing because they were about to get evicted and were living with no power in their home.... 

Testimonial Tuesday: Meet “Sarah”

Editor’s Note: To highlight the difference Maranatha-Carlisle is making in people’s lives, we are going to be regularly posting a success story of one of our clients. This week for “Testimonial Tuesday” we would like to tell you about the success story of our client Sarah (name changed for privacy reasons).         Sarah has been with Maranatha-Carlisle since 2014, working first with Peggy and now with our account manager, Pam. Pam describes Sarah as a “go-getter”... 

Meet the “Smiths”

Editor’s Note: To highlight the difference Maranatha-Carlisle is making in people’s lives, we are going to be regularly posting a success story of one of our clients.  This week for “Testimonial Tuesday” we would like to tell you the success story of our clients the “Smiths” (name changed for privacy reasons). The Smiths started off in the Community CARES program, which provides emergency shelter for those in our community. They were featured clients at the CARES gala one... 

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