History of Milagro House


Milagro House opened in a small, rented townhouse on South Christian Street in the southwest section of Lancaster city. During subsequent years, the organization purchased the property and acquired adjoining townhouses, at one point owning all of the properties on the block and acting as an anchor to the neighborhood.


The organization purchased 669 West Chestnut Street, a beautiful, stately home badly damaged by fire during its use as a fraternity house. With the help of generous individuals, corporations and foundations, Milagro House repaired and renovated the building to meet its expanding programming and residential needs. For over a decade, Milagro House provided services from both its South Christian and West Chestnut Street locations.


Milagro House entered an agreement with Habitat for Humanity for Habitat to gradually purchase the South Christian Street properties and restore them to affordable, single-family residences. This partnership allowed Milagro House to start working toward the goal of operating from a single location.


The organization’s strategic vision was realized, and all organizational operations and programs were consolidated to single point of service at 669 West Chestnut Street. The organization continues to serve women and children, and our community, from its West Chestnut Street location.


Milagro House celebrates 20 years of making a measurable impact on those we serve. Since its beginning, the organization has helped nearly 2,000 women and their children. Indirectly, Milagro House creates a positive, ripple effect into the community by providing opportunities that allow women to get their education, enter the workforce prepared and trained to be valuable employees, live independently in affordable homes and apartments, and become active, contributing members of their community.

This win-win situation decreases the likelihood that a woman who completes the Milagro House program will have a long-term dependence on social services and financial assistance and a higher chance that she will be able to remain in the economic mainstream.