About Us

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Our History

 Today, Join Hands Ministry is supported by and partnered jointly with over 80 Perry County church entities, the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church, 33 businesses, 22 civic groups, 6 foundations, hundreds of clients, and 187+ individuals. 

Originally, many persons in Perry County sought help from the religious community with a myriad of needs.   The faith community was being confronted by:

  • Lack of awareness of such needs in the community
  • The availability of existing public service agencies
  • Duplication of services among the churches (repeated help given to the same family for the same concern)
  • Contradiction of existing services (non-compliance with agency/case management stipulations)
  • The inability to verify the legitimacy of the need being requested.

Therefore, the Perry County United Methodist Cluster accepted the challenge of responding to the needs in this rural community.  Join Hands Ministry was formed by the Cluster to be a central point of contact and services with the purpose of making these needs known among the area churches, filling in the “gaps” for persons in need, and creating a standardization of qualifying true poverty needs while establishing lines of accountability for responsible management of funds and goods donated to the cause. 


The Perry County Food Bank: 

The Perry County Food Bank was started in 1992 by a local church in Duncannon to respond to hunger in rural Perry County.  In 1996, the local Community Action Commission operated the Perry County Food Bank for three years.  In 1999, the County of Perry assumed the operations and maintenance of the food bank.  The Perry County Food Bank thrived under the management of the local government and sustained services.  The Perry County Commissioners maintained their ongoing commitment to ensure this program continued, but actively researched local non-profits to eventually assume the management of the Perry County Food Bank.  Join Hands was approached by the County of Perry to operate the food bank, which began on September 1, 2008.  

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What We Do

Join Hands Ministry is a collaborative community outreach program providing direction, intervention and support to persons facing a variety of daily living challenges in Perry County. Referrals are accepted from all sources with no referral restrictions beyond Perry County residence.  The mission of Join Hands Ministry is to serve as a contact and support center for persons living in Perry County who are seeking assistance with daily living concerns.  Our team loves to provide these Services that include yet are not limited to: 

  • Guidance
  • “Where to turn” referrals
  • Links to faith based counseling and 
  • Connect to community and church affiliation
  • Limited direct financial assistance
  • Helping persons fill a spiritual void
  • Helping maintain or achieve independence. 
  • Direct one-on-one mentoring
  • Life skill support
  • Decision making
  • Financial planning
  • Coordinate Medical transportation
  • Emergency heat response
  • Moving assistance
  • Automobile repair
  • Free furniture/household items/clothing
  • Back to school and holiday assistance
  • Volunteer opportunities Ministry

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Our Supporters & Partners

Join Hands Ministry is a collaborative community outreach program providing direction, intervention and support to persons facing a variety of daily living challenges in Perry County.  Since 2002, Join Hands has received funding from private foundations and has received awards from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

In 2018 Join Hand Ministry supporters and partners included, 208 Individuals & Families and,

   

17 Different Denominations / Church Supporters/Partners
(Financial & Donations)

  1. 1st Pine Grove Church of God
  2. Abundant Harvest Church 
  3. Bethany UMC
  4. Bethel & Salem UMC Mercy Team
  5. Bethel UMC
  6. Bethel UMC Ladies Group
  7. Bible Baptist Church of New Bloomfield
  8. Breakthrough Church
  9. Bucks UMC
  10. Calvary UMC - Dillsburg
  11. Centre Presbyterian Church
  12. Christ Lutheran Church
  13. Church of the Nativity and St. Stephen's
  14. Dellville UMC
  15. Donnally Mills United MC
  16. Duncannon UCC
  17. Duncannon Christ Reformed Church
  18. Duncannon COG
  19. Duncannon Council of Churches
  20. Duncannon Presbyterian
  21. Faith United Church
  22. Glenvale Church of God
  23. God's Missionary Church
  24. Grace Brethren
  25. Highland Presbyterian Church
  26. Hill UMC
  27. Holy Cross UMC Charge
  28. Hope Eternal United Methodist Church
  29. Incarnation UCC
  30. Landisburg Church of God
  31. Loggania Church of God
  32. Mannsville Lutheran Church
  33. Mannsville Lutheran Youth
  34. Marysville Church of God
  35. Mercersburg Association Penn Central Conference of the UCC
  36. Messiah Lutheran Church
  37. Middle Cove Bible Church
  38. Millerstown UMC
  39. Millerstown UMC - Missions
  40. Mt. Gilead UMC
  41. Mt. Gilead UMC Men
  42. Mt. Zion Free Friendship Circle of ELCA
  43. Mt. Zion Free Lutheran Church
  44. Mt. Zion Lutheran Friendship Circle
  45. Mt. Zion UMC
  46. New Bloomfield UMC
  47. New Buffalo UMC
  48. New Germantown UMC
  49. New Hope UCC
  50. Newport 1st Church of God
  51. Newport Assembly of God
  52. Newport Assembly of God - Life Recovery
  53. Otterbein United Methodist Church
  54. Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic
  55. Pfoutz Valley UMC
  56. Presbyterian Church of Perry Valley
  57. Red Hill Church of God
  58. River of Life Community Church
  59. Roseglen UMC
  60. Salem UMC
  61. Sandy Hill UCC
  62. Shermans Dale SDA Church
  63. Shermans Dale UMC
  64. Snyder's UMC
  65. Snyder's UMC-Missions
  66. St. Bernard's Catholic Church
  67. St. Paul Lutheran in Andersonburg
  68. St. Paul's Lutheran
  69. Susquehanna Conf of UMC
  70. Three Springs Church of the Brethren
  71. Tressler Memorial Free Lutheran Church
  72. Trinity Reformed Church
  73. Trinity UMC
  74. Walnut Grove UMC
  75. Wesley UMC
  76. Wesley UMC - Women
  77. West Perry Ministerium
  78. Young's UMC
  79. Youngs UMC Alpha Class
  80. Zion Lutheran in Blain
  81. Zion UCC in Blain  


Civic Supporters of JHM (Financial)

  1. Chattanooga Club
  2. Cub Scout 94 
  3. Elks
  4. Girl Scout Troop #10484
  5. Ickesburg Lions Clubs
  6. Ladies Aux - Ickesburg Fire Co
  7. Landisburg Lions Club
  8. Millerstown Moose Riders
  9. New Bloomfield Lions Club
  10. Newport Civic Club
  11. Newport Elementary Staff
  12. Newport High School Staff
  13. Newport Lions Club
  14. OVR
  15. PA State Hunters 
  16. Perry County Girl Scouts
  17. Perry County Rotary Club
  18. Perry Human Services
  19. Perry Piecemakers
  20. The Sisters Book Club
  21. United Way of Greater Harrisburg
  22. VFW Post 34


Business Supporters of JHM (Financial)

  1. Affordable Fuels
  2. Amazon Smiles
  3. AmeriHealth Caritas Services LLC
  4. Aurora Social Rehab Services
  5. Brothers’ Pizza
  6. Cnesta Group
  7. Collins Construction
  8. Community Aid
  9. Country Footwear & More
  10. Curl n Dye w/ Style
  11. Czekaj Dusharm, LLC 
  12. Dollar General – Ducannon by Mutzabaugh’s  
  13. Dollar General – Duncannon 
  14. Dollar General – Shermans Dale 
  15. Domestic Relations 
  16. Eckert Electric
  17. Entech Engineering
  18. Facebook
  19. Footprints Pre-School 
  20. Hengst Family Dentistry
  21. Holman and Holman Law
  22. Lightner Consignment Shop
  23. Mary Kay – Harley Straub
  24. Morgan Tressler Reality
  25. Mutual Aid Ministries
  26. Myers Furniture
  27. Newport Family Practice Premier at Perry Village
  28. Pennian Bank
  29. Perry County Rotary Club
  30. PNC Bank
  31. River View Bank
  32. Shollenberger, Januzzi and Wolfe
  33. Sylvester Services
  34. WQLV 

Church Partners of JHM (Donations)

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Civic Partners of JHM (Donations)

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Business Partners of JHM (Donations/Service Partners)

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Our Team

Michael J. Burns, director

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Since 2003, Michael has served Central Pennsylvania as a youth/student pastor, college lacrosse coach, event organizer, Drug & Alcohol Counselor while mentoring and training adults who work with youth.  He is originally from the eastern shore of Maryland.  His wife Lauri Burns whose maiden name was Lauri Long grew up in Millerstown, Perry County.  Michael and Lauri have two children, Addison and Thaddeus. Michael graduated from Whittier College in Whittier, California with a B.A. in Psychology and Child Development.  He too holds a Masters in Theology from Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

Sheree D. Seifert, assistant director

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Sheree has worked with Join Hands since May 2013. Prior to that, she was a stay-at-home mom busy with her church, the PTO, and volunteering at Newport Elementary School.  In her life before motherhood, she worked with children with behavioral problems for Keystone Family Services and Catholic Charities.  Sheree is a Juniata County original but moved to Perry County with her husband Steve in Oct. 1998. They reside with their 2 children, Taylor and Jimmy along with a beloved mutt, Daisy. Sheree graduated from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters in Counseling from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland.  

Perry Countians, YOU!

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Join Hands was created to serve the needs of "our" Perry County neighbors.  You are our greatest resource!

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