Neighbors Cafe and Community Center is a multicultural gathering place for connecting, learning, and celebrating.

Neighbors Cafe is now open

Stop by the cafe for delicious drinks and light fare inspired by global flavors.


English Classes

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The main goal of offering English classes is for students to learn to communicate in English and to learn about Lancaster and the culture of the United States. In addition, students will be offered a safe space to engage with other refugees who have had similar experiences as them while also connecting with volunteers and Lancaster locals and finding community here. 

Women’s Global Village

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Women’s Global Village empowers refugee women newly arriving to Lancaster to sew craft items together, telling their stories with art and colorful fabrics. The women meet weekly to receive art and business training. Through this program, their skills are valued and they receive income for their craftsmanship. For more information, contact Elizabeth Soto.

CORE Tutoring

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 to 5 p.m.

CORE provides quality educational support to immigrant students, by using research-based curriculum in a setting that fosters personal connections. For more information, contact Beth Manyara.

Make Space for Your Story

Second and third Tuesday of every month, through May 2024, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Sarah Racine and Suzanna Hrishka teach an afterschool art class for teen girls who are refugees and immigrants. The creative process has a therapeutic element that brings restoration, healing, confidence, and resilience. Sarah is a trauma-informed art facilitator/teacher who has lived overseas in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Suzanna is a refugee from Ukraine and a graphic designer. For more information, contact Sarah Racine.


Want to get involved? To start the process, fill out this form. Or view current opportunities and apply at our Volunteer page.


Host your next event or meeting at Neighbors Community Center and make a positive social impact. Your rental allows us to provide lower cost space for programs that support new neighbors, including refugees and immigrants. Rent our Community Room for large conferences, banquets, or receptions (up to 200 people), and/or our smaller rooms for corporate, social, or private events.

Inquire for details about possible discounted rates for non-profit organizations and new immigrant communities. Rentals are available seven days a week, including day and evening hours. Find more information and make a reservation request.



Neighbors Community Center is a program of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. If you would like to support the work of the community center, we encourage you to make a financial gift securely via the button below.

As a private business, Neighbors Cafe cannot receive donations, but you can support the cafe by purchasing drinks and food. When you frequent the cafe, you are helping to keep the community center running.


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Nolan Deck

Owner of Neighbors Cafe
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Timm Wenger

Director of Neighbors Community Center