The Lewes Rehoboth Association of Churches (LRAC) was established in 1983 as a 501©3 group of 17 area churches that collectively wished to address issues of need... 

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P.O. Box 541

Nassau, DE 19969

Contact: 302-947-4003

In 2013, we had a woman come to the Community Resource Center for help. She was living on the streets…alone and feeling hopeless. The CRC lifted her up and supported her as she embarked on a new journey. With assistance from our Job Center, she found employment. With financial support through our Community Outreach program, she was able to find stable housing. Tapping into her inner spirit for inspiration and strength, she worked hard to rid herself of addictions. Now, five years later, she has a new life! She was able to purchase a car, is active in the community, and is enjoying a future she thought would never be possible. Together, the Community Resource Center and LRAC are creating a community of caring and truly making a difference.

In 2011, the Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches (LRAC) teamed up to create The Community Resource Center.  The vision for the Community Resource Center was that it would serve as a centralized community resource to help meet basic human needs of residents facing crisis. With dignity and respect, the Community Resource Center (CRC) has helped individuals and families get to the next step of their journey towards self-sufficiency and stability. In its first year, the center helped 360 people with emergency assistance. Six years later, we served 13,000 people in 2017.

The CRC has helped thousands by preventing eviction and utility interruption, feeding the hungry, paying for medications for the elderly, and ensuring that infants and children have access to the basic needs to help them thrive. Our Food Rescue program ensures no one who visits the Community Resource Center goes hungry. 


“Giving People the Tools to

Live Lives of Hope”

Sixty to ninety volunteers work Monday through Saturday receiving, processing and stocking donations.  
New life would love to have YOUR clean lightly used or new donations of clothing, linens, shoes, and housewares, as well as furniture.

We do not sell and are no longer able to receive beds or sleep sofas or carpet and rugs.  

PLEASE, NO BROKEN OR DIRTY ITEMS.  Throwing away other peoples' trash costs us an excess of $20,000 a year. 

That is $20,000 that does NOT go to a local charity.  

Volunteers are always welcome!  We need cashiers, people to load and unload donations from cars as well as drive and load the pick up and delivery truck.  

We also have openings for people who are interested in processing, clothing, linens, general merchandise, and antiques and collectibles.  

So if you have some time to spare or if you just want to get out of your daily routine and meet new people, come join us at 

34686 Jiffy Way and help us help our community.

Call us at 302-644-0171 

Is volunteering not your thing?  Nothing to donate?  Come check out our freshly renovated store.  We boast one of the largest selections and the best prices in the area.  You never know what you might find.  Give us a try!

Lewes After School Program

Be a Church that Supports LRAC through monetary gifts, prayers, and attending our monthly board meetings.

Running our store is a labor intensive process.  We have over one hundred volunteers who graciously give their time to the operation of the thrift shop.  But that is still not enough.  There are times when we must close our donation drop off area due to lack of staff. We need volunteers to greet our donors their car and unload donations as well as assist the loading of purchases.  We are in great need of cashiers and assistants to bag and wrap breakables. 

Help us help others.  If you can give 3 or 4 hours one day a week or more we would love to have you as part of our team.  Your efforts are appreciated and will be rewarded by the knowledge that you are helping your community.  Won’t you join us today?  Contact Mary Ann, our volunteer coordinator, at or stop in Mon -Fri 10-2. 

Here are some areas we need you to share your talents:



Community Resource Center


And having access to food allows families to spend their limited income on other necessary expenses. We have a job training center to help clients create their resume and find employment.  From December through March, the CRC supports the area’s homeless population by providing a variety of support services that connect clients to education and job opportunities, enhance life skills and create opportunities for achieving self-sufficiency. With support from the Harry K Foundation, we host a Baby Pantry twice a month where families can receive fresh milk, formula, clothing, diapers and other necessities for their children. As a service to our community and clients, we have several community partners who provide services from our office. These include the State Service Center; Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program; Delaware Health and Social Services ASSIST program; FHR Behavioral Healthcare Services; and Supportive Services for Veteran Families.

Even though our area is recognized as a retirement destination, many members of our community are facing serious economic hardships. When people live in poverty, they often develop a sense of hopelessness and feel powerless over the decisions that affect their day to day life. Thanks to the generosity of LRAC and other supporters, there can be a happy ending when you offer your support to CRC.

LRAC accepts financial donations as well materials to be resold at the New Life Thrift Shop located in Lewes.  New Life Thrift Shop is one of the most successful thrift shops in Sussex County.  Proceeds allow us to offer quality, low cost items to individuals and families.

The Cape Henlopen Food Basket, located in Rehoboth Beach, is always accepting food items to distribute to needy individuals and families.

Donations of personal care items for people who receive services through the Immanuel Homeless Shelter located in Rehoboth Beach are always welcomed.


How You Can Help

 Volunteers are the backbone of LRAC. Decisions are made by an all volunteer board made up primarily of representatives from the participating churches.

About Us

NEW LIFE THRIFT SHOP provides the majority of funding for LRAC.