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Good Samaritan Services opens new office in Ephrata (video)

Staff and supporters of Good Samaritan Services prepare to cut a ribbon to open the nonprofit’s office at 25 W. Locust St., Ephrata. (Photo: Kyle Gamble)

Good Samaritan Services held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the opening of its new office at 25 W. Locust St. in Ephrata.

Good Samaritan provides shelter and related services to more than 600 men, women and children annually across Lancaster and Chester counties, including up to 50 a day in Ephrata. The office will help the nonprofit better serve those experiencing poverty and homelessness.

“As the number of people that we continue to serve in Ephrata grows … so has our staff,” Nate Hoffer, CEO of Good Samaritan Services said, “because we want to be able to take care of people well. Hence the need for a new office building.”

The one-story building has a total of about 2,200 square feet. It has offices, a conference space for training and meetings, as well as room for therapy and counseling services and a babysitting room. The final cost was $630,000, spokeswoman Rachel Shelly said.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer additional space to help those in our community,” Hoffer said.