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 do more than prepare a budget – we manage the clients’ funds and pay their bills.  Our goal is to “make a difference” in the lives of those we serve and we work with other agencies, as needed, to assure our clients’ basic needs are met.


Maranatha-Carlisle is a nonprofit 501(c3) organization serving clients without regard to age, religion, race, creed, color, gender or ethnic origin.

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