United Methodist Women celebrate 150 years of service to women, children, and youth

Over a Century of Partnership in Mission with United Methodist Women

For over 100 years, Neighborhood Center has partnered with the women of the church to improve the lives of residents in Harrisburg.

In the early 1900’s the Methodist Mission, Neighborhood Center’s predecessor, was championed by the Women’s Home Mission Societies of churches in the Harrisburg area. They raised funds and donated furniture, toys, food and many other items that enabled the Mission to carry out its work with immigrant families.

After unification of the Methodist Church, women’s organizations within the church combined to form the Women’s Society of Christian Service (W.S.C.S.). In the early 1940’s, two-thirds of the Center’s budget was provided by W.S.C.S. of the Central Pennsylvania Conference. The same period brought a closer relationship with national Methodist institutions. The Center formally came under the jurisdiction of the Women’s Division of Christian Service of the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church.

On the local level, United Methodist Women continued their strong support of the Center. In the 1980’s when the Center launched a capital campaign to raise funds for a new building, UMW organizations took the lead in pledging and raising money for the effort.

The Center’s relationship with the United Methodist Women continued to grow in 1987, when the Center entered a covenant agreement of relationship with the National Women’s Division. With that agreement, the Center became a national mission institution of the church.

The United Methodist Women’s support of the Center goes beyond fundraising and national recognition. United Methodist Women volunteer in the Center’s programs and serve on its Boards. With their guidance, the Center remains firm in its goal to serve women, children and families and to realize its vision: Better Lives, Better Community, Better Harrisburg.

Congratulations United Methodist Women for years of mission service.

Neighborhood Center Welcomes Executive Director

Kyla Crawford-Harvey
Kyla Crawford-Harvey, incoming Executive Director


Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church is pleased to announce that Kyla Crawford-Harvey will be its new Executive Director beginning August 8.   Mrs. Crawford-Harvey is currently employed as a program director for the Camp Curtin YMCA.  In that capacity she oversees youth programing, including college prep workshops, community based mentoring for at-risk youth, and college and career trips for high school students.  She has also organized a variety of community and family based events.

Mrs. Crawford-Harvey has a B.S. in Human Service Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Social Work degree from Temple.

As the Executive Director of Neighborhood Center, Mrs. Crawford-Harvey will be responsible for ensuring the Center is operated in a manner consistent with the Christian faith, the mission statement of the Center, and in compliance with applicable local, state or federal rules and regulations.  The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors, and reports directly to the president of the Board of Directors.

Mrs. Crawford-Harvey looks forward to joining the Neighborhood Center family in this capacity and to working with the Board and the community to fulfill the Center’s mission: “Better Lives, Better Community, Better Harrisburg.”

Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church is a faith-based nonprofit that has served a multi-ethnic uptown neighborhood, as well as the total Harrisburg community, since 1910 with educational, cultural, social service, basic needs, leadership, and recreational programs for children and their families

The Neighborhood Center is located at, 1801 N. Third Street, Harrisburg.  For more information, call the Center at 717-233-6541, email at or visit the website at

Thank You Highmark!

The Neighborhood Center is thankful to Highmark for their sponsorship of the Power Pack Pantry.  The Power Pack Pantry is a place for children, who participate in Neighborhood Center programs, to choose healthy foods to take home with them over the weekend at no cost to them or their families.  Without Highmark’s support, we would not be able to provide this important resource to our families.  Thank you so much!