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Tabor Community Services eyes Lancaster office expansion

Work to be supported by $250K grant

Tabor Community Services Inc. plans to add space at its current location, which is in the Eastern Market Building at 308 E. King Street in Lancaster city. - (Photo / Submitted)

Tabor Community Services Inc. said this week it is planning to expand its headquarters in Lancaster city.

Tabor plans to add space at its current location, which is in the Eastern Market Building at 308 E. King Street.

Gunterberg Charitable Foundation of Lancaster pledged $250,000 towards construction costs for the nonprofit.

Tabor, which provides housing and financial counseling services to more than 4,600 Lancaster County residents per year, is overdue for more space. If finally has enough funds to do so, according to Phyllis Stacks, spokeswoman for Tabor.

Architects are looking at how to expand Tabor’s office space on King Street.

There’s plenty of room in the Eastern Market Building. Tabor  occupies the front half. The back of the building is a large, indoor market house that stretches three stories high, Stacks explained.

“It looks just like market,” Stacks said.

Which makes sense, because the building was one of the original farmers’ markets in Lancaster.

There’s also an annex attached, so architects are examining which space would be best for a suite of offices, according to Tabor President Bob Thomas.

Tabor currently leases part of its space to Church World Services, an organization dedicated to helping refugees.

CWS is also looking to expand, Stacks said.

Thomas said that there is potential, once construction is complete, to lease space to additional organizations and generate more revenue for Tabor.

“This very generous gift from the Gunterberg Foundation will go a long way in making it possible for us to both address our staff’s needs and increase our capacity to earn more revenue,” Thomas said. “We are deeply grateful to them for their support.”

Tabor has an estimated 50 employees working at its main site, and it employs many people off-site at its other program locations.

Its fiscal year starts over in July, and at that time it will be hiring additional people, according to Thomas

It is able to make new hires due to funding it received from the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness, a network of health and human service providers, business leaders and private-sector leaders working to eliminate homelessness in the county.

“We’re very busy,” Thomas said.

Lenay Ruhl

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