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What is the Lehigh Conference of Churches?

The Lehigh Conference of Churches had its beginnings in the Greater Allentown Council of Churches, which began in 1954. Today, the Conference represents 140 churches and faith-based organizations from a wide variety of Christian traditions—Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox—that are combining their resources and energies to address issues of human need. Our 50th anniversary booklet provides a more in-depth look at the history of the Lehigh Conference of Churches.

What services does the Conference offer?

The Conference offers ecumenical programs and events, a soup kitchen, a drop-in center for the homeless and those in mental health programs, a referral service, a housing assistance program, case management, prescription assistance, a representative payee program, and help with getting identification.

Who is able to get assistance from the Conference?

Equal housing logo smallerThe Lehigh Conference of Churches is committed to assisting anyone in need—regardless of race, gender, ethnic origin, or religious affiliation—to access the basic needs for living, using internal and external resources. View the Lehigh Conference of Churches Fair Housing Statement.

How many people does the Conference help?

View our most recent statistics.

What about the food bank at the Alliance Hall?

The Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank, while located within the Conference of Churches offices, is not part of the LCC. The Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank is associated with Second Harvest and has its own board of directors and nonprofit status. A close working relationship enables a coordinated approach for individuals who often need both food and referral assistance for other basic needs, such as housing and transportation. To contact the Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank, call 610-821-1332.

Does the Conference provide emergency shelter for people who need it?

The Conference works with individuals to help them find appropriate shelter, often providing referrals to existing shelters and then working with the individuals to help them find more permanent shelter.