American Rescue Workers (ARW) is a faith based non-profit organization  providing homelessness and hunger prevention services in Lycoming  County since 1934.  ARW cares holistically for men, women, and children  who find themselves in an emergency situation or a homeless crisis by  providing shelter and social services. The Williamsport American Rescue Workers is a part of the national ARW organization whose headquarters is also located in Williamsport.
 Annually, ARW provides shelter to over 700 homeless men, women and children. 76,000 meals are served to shelter residents as well. A 3-day emergency supply of groceries is distributed to 750 families per month and
over $100,000 in emergency rental and utility assistance is given out help keep families in their homes and from avoiding a homeless crisis.

American Rescue Workers helps members of the community reach self-sufficiency through work programs, shelter, food, case management, and spiritual guidance.


American Rescue Workers operates 9 Thrift Stores across Central Pennsylvania, the Social Service Center, three shelters for men, women, and children, and the American Rescue Workers Community Church.

ARW is primarily funded through the resale and recycling of donated goods in our 9 Thrift Store locations. Other critical annual funding comes from grants, as well as generous foundation, individual and corporate donors.