Samaritan Center opens second location in Downtown Lancaster

Samaritan Center is excited to serve the Lancaster community with a new space in the heart of the city.

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More than 35 years ago, the Samaritan Center of Lancaster County was formed, establishing an accredited counseling center that would make its services available to all individuals, regardless of their ability to pay. 

As the nonprofit center grew over the decades, their core mission remained the same, and they set out to expand their offerings to include business consulting, church consulting, and TeenHope— a mental health screening offered in local schools. 

Samaritan Center’s not-for-profit model makes services accessible to a wide variety of people, including those with PerformCare (Pennsylvania Medicaid) which was recently added to their list of accepted insurances. 

With a rising need for mental health services across generations, Samaritan Center set its sights on adding an additional location in 2024. It wasn’t long before they settled on Lancaster City. Located on North Market Street, their renovated space, which officially opened in April, now houses five counseling offices in the heart of the city. 

“We believe in Lancaster and its wonderful culture,” shared Steven Schedler, MSW, LCSW, CAADC, CCS, Executive Director and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. “We are excited to be part of the community while being walkable for anyone living in the city. The space is historic yet modern with natural light and beautiful views—it’s really a great spot for our clients to come.” 

With more than 20 years of experience in human services, Steven joined the Samaritan Center team in 2020 to lead as Executive Director as well as invest in the next generation of counselors. His passion for helping rising counselors learn and grow is paving the way for a future of important access to mental health resources for the Lancaster community. 

Join Samaritan Center on Friday, July 12 for an Open House from 12–4pm for a chance to tour the new space and meet some of their therapists. 

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