Who We Are

FaithCentre is a Christian,  faith-based umbrella  of programs,  services and facilities available to all persons. All persons and groups are warmly welcomed to work as volunteers and/or to work with Centre staff in cooperative services, activities, program development, presentations and fund-raisings events.  Help us climb to a higher pinnacle of community service.

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Help Your Community

Your donations help our community in many ways -- from providing emergency food, clothing & shelter to helping the depressed who are struggling with their lives. Please consider giving today - your time, your items, or your money. It all helps.

    THANK YOU

Late Breaking...

The 15th Annual 5K Walk/Run of Faith  fund-raising Event is scheduled for 10am on October 16th. at Tallyrand Park. The online registration form is now CLOSED but you may stil register at the race on race day.


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About the Thrift Store

The thrift store is a multi-faceted, faith-based ministry. The purpose of the thrift store is to provide quality, low-cost boutique and household goods. The boutique and rugged wear section offer tremendous bargains on designer and brand name boutique and antiques and vintage items. Because all sales generated at the store support our various programs and services, your purchases help provide a major source of funding for the Food Bank, Pet Food Pantry, Wellness Programs, and Emergency Financial Aid services. The thrift store is stocked by donated items. We are always in need of seasonal, gently used boutique, footwear, outerwear, and household items. Please know that we can not accept older model televisions, computers, large furniture, or exercise equipment.

Be sure to ask the cashier about daily specials and sales!

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FaithCentre's Thrift Store: 110 West High Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823 

 

Coffee Corner

Named in honor of the philanthropy of community member, Mr. Bill Thomas, the Coffee Corner offers a welcoming atmosphere and hot and cold drinks and light snacks. The free drinks and pastries are available Monday through Friday from 10am - 3pm for anyone in need of refreshment, relaxation, or conversation. Each day over a dozen area residents gather at the coffee corner to share events of the day and catch up on news with their friends. The coffee corner at FaithCentre is staffed every weekday by a FaithCentre volunteer. Each Wednesday at 10:30am, a Bible study is conducted by volunteer Don Walters. All denominations are welcome to attend.

Our History

In October 2002, Doyle Klinger, Jr., Pastor of Faith United Methodist Church, and David Dimmick, the Church's Director of Community Relations, sat in a local restaurant considering outreach ministry for the Church. They watched as a young woman bought two cartons of cigarettes and left with her scantily clad daughter who was munching on a Twinkie® for breakfast. They knew of poverty and substance-abuse statistics and of homelessness. And they agreed: "we've got to do something about this." At that moment, FaithCentre, a faith-based community outreach center for the Bellefonte area, was born! After individual meetings with a host of community leaders, a gathering was held at which representatives of community groups and churches met to dream. Just seven months later, in June 2003 FAITHCENTRE's thrift shop opened in a small storefront in downtown Bellefonte. The next day several members of the Board of Directors agreed that it was simply too small. Immediately they began looking for another location.  God answered.

In January 2004 FaithCentre moved to a new, 11,000+ square-foot facility on the square in Bellefonte. With the additional space, FAITHCENTRE was poised to help. God answered.

In July, 2004, the Bellefonte Academy, a 19th century prep school that housed 23 families in apartments, was destroyed by fire. FAITHCENTRE was asked to help. The Centre's servants stepped up: they received, sorted and distributed approximately two tons of boutique, food and household items; they received and distributed over $36,000 in assistance and, working with the local Red Cross, re-located the 23 families. Centre volunteers maintain an on-going relationship with the victims, continuing to help meet needs with such things as rent assistance, electricity and heat subsidies, insurance premiums, food, furniture and boutique vouchers and others. 

               

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petfoodPet Food Pantry

With the recent economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are seeing members of our community struggling to keep their pets well nourished. The goals of the Pet Food Pantry are to keep beloved companion animals in their homes, prevent animal surrender, and help ensure that pets in our region are healthy and happy. Use the "Donations" link above to donate your time, items or money to the Food Bank or stop by our 110 W. High St. location to drop off donated supplies. 

Free pet food is available during regular Food Bank hours. Wednesdays 10am-2pm and Thursdays 1pm-5pm.

  • We distribute pet food in State College at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Thursdays from 9:00am-11:00am.
  • Centre Hall Food Bank and Millheim Food Bank also receive cat and dog food from our Pet Food Pantry.

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The FaithCentre Food Bank routinely serves over 800 greater Bellefonte area residents a month. Those within our assigned region and meeting income guidelines are welcome to register for a monthly distribution of food. The Food Bank, additionally, is available to anyone, regardless of geographic location, requiring emergency food or facing an unforeseen crisis. The FaithCentre Food Bank is also the distribution site for Bellefonte’s Toys for Tots and assists over 1,000 people each Holiday season. We welcome donations of fresh vegetables and other food products. The FaithCentre Food Bank is committed to providing free quality food to our clients.

  • Fresh produce when in season
  • Dairy products
  • Fresh and frozen meat
  • Baby food and supplies
  • Food for individuals with diabetes
  • Bread and pastries
  • Canned and frozen vegetables
  • Personal care products such as toothpaste and soap.

Food Bank Hours

  • Wednesday: 10am-2pm                            
    Thursday: 1pm-4pm
FUND RAISING    
Annual Walk/Run-of-Faith



Please Note
The online Walk/Run registration form is now CLOSED. See the next column for Race Day registration and more information.

     

Wellness Programs

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The FaithCentre is committed not only to providing people with food and boutique but also to helping our neighbors improve their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually. To that end, we have launched a new Wellness Initiative. Beginning in October 2014, we have partnered with Penn State, Mount Nittany Physicians Group, local banks, animal rescue groups, and other organizations to offer nutrition education classes, health screenings, budgeting classes, pet care clinics, and recreational opportunities.