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It is defined as “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” At the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities (PCRC), it is with a deep and abiding sense of gratitude we present this 2018 Annual Report of Gratitude and list of supporters as a public acknowledgment of your kindness, and in appreciation for your continued support for the work we do together to improve the overall quality of life for individuals and families in our region.

You have blessed PCRC with your gifts of time, talent, and treasure, helping us help your neighbor. For that we are eternally GRATEFUL.


Click to view and print the PCRC 2018 Annual Report of Gratitude (pdf)
Annual Report of Gratitude
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Cluster Chronicles

Fall 2018

From the Executive Director

From the Executive Director

Greetings Friends:

As we enter into the season of thanksgiving and generosity, I send my sincere thanks for all that you do to support the work of our organization. Welcome to the first ever issue of our enewsletter — Cluster Chronicles! We strive to serve our community in many different ways, and the enewsletter will be another means by which to partner with you.

In this edition, you will see some of the exciting things that have been happening, through your support, to offer hope and a greater sense of stability to the many households we serve each month. While we continue to focus our work mainly in Pottstown, PCRC has become a leader in improving systems across Montgomery County and has taken a stronger role in advocating for those we serve.

I hope you will find ways to continue to be engaged with our work and be excited to hear about the difference your support is making for those we serve. Please keep our work in your prayers and share your interest in our organization with a friend. Together, we are helping to nourish lives and strengthen families  in this community, and for that I am truly grateful.


Barbara Wilhelmy, LCSW
Executive Director

P.S. I encourage you to look through the enewsletter and let us know what you think in the Comments Section as well as share the newsletter with your friends and family and invite them to subscribe! (Social sharing options at the bottom)

You Gotta Have Heart!

You DID Have Heart for PCRC and we are Grateful!

Those who attended PCRC’s annual fall fundraising event, You Gotta Have Heart, DID have heart for PCRC, as well as fun and fellowship! See a recap and slideshow of the event as well as meet our honorees of PCRC’s newest awards — the Cluster Community award and the Helping Hands with Heart award! #YouGottaHaveHeart4PCRC

Frank And Mike

PCRC Volunteer Heroes Working to Complete “61”

Michael Behe (pictured left) and Frank Cebular (pictured right) are on a Mission: to complete renovation work on PCRC’s new building, known as “61,” as soon as possible so the organization can utilize the space to expand its programming and offerings to its clients in the greater Pottstown area. It is yeoman’s work and they could use some help getting the job done. Meet them here…

Senator Casey and Commissioner Arkoosh

U.S. Senator Casey and Commissioner Arkoosh Hold SNAP Benefits Roundtable at PCRC

In case you missed it, at the end of June U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr., and Montgomery County Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh reached out to PCRC to use our building as the venue for a roundtable on SNAP benefits. Local and Philadelphia media covered the event.

Cluster Hand

Around PCRC

Message from the Board of Directors

Pantry Particulars

Food Pantry/Dry Goods Department needs

Volunteer Voices

How you can help!

Word from PCRC’s Delegate Assembly

Community Meals Schedule

Delegate Meeting Dates and Locations

Cluster Happenings

Events, Happenings, Opportunities

Everything you need to know happening at PCRC!

  • Fall Appeal
  • Holiday Programs
  • Cradle to Crayons
  • “61” Grand Opening


Wegmans Collects for PCRC Once Again!

Wegmans Food Market cashiers in Collegeville, PA, will once again be asking customers to support its holiday hunger drive “Checkout Hunger” to benefit PCRC October 21 – December 15.

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities

Through interfaith cooperation, PCRC provides tangible services, support, and spiritual guidance to address the basic needs of persons within and beyond the Greater Pottstown area, coordinating programs and referrals to help clients improve their overall stability.

Our current programs and services provide food security, household assistance, supportive services and referrals, case management and housing stability, and an opportunity for individuals living in poverty to participate in an education and support program.

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday | 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Donations Accepted: Monday-Friday | 9:00 AM-Noon

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You DID Have Heart for PCRC, and We are Grateful

You Gotta Have Heart program

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On Thursday, October 4, 2018, the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities (PCRC) friends and staff gathered at The SunnyBrook Ballroom for an evening of fun — including a Photo Booth and event photo backdrop — and fun-raising benefitting the organization. Once again, Joe Ciresi generously donated his time and talents as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, engaging guests with his affable presence and sense of humor, and even entertaining and leading the crowd singing “You Gotta Have Heart” (with his personal accompanist, Marie Anderson, who kindly attended the event to share her talents as well!).

PCRC’s staff member Danielle Gadsden shared her inspiring and emotional story, as well as her gratitude and support of PCRC in a video presented during the program. At the end of the video, she made a compelling plea of a call to action that hopefully inspired others. (video below)

PCRC is grateful for the major event sponsors that included, at the “Big Heart” level, the Scott and Susan Bentley Fund; “Beating Heart” Specialty sponsor Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Voytilla; “Happy Heart” Specialty sponsor Mr. and Mrs. Karl Glocker; “Compassionate Heart” Specialty sponsor Mr. and Mrs. Rick Dhein and Sager & Sager Associates, and “Hungry Heart” Specialty sponsor Brownback’s United Church of Christ. “Heart and Soul” sponsors included Mr. and Mrs. Don Gill, Pottstown Hospital Tower Health, Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, The Hill School, Body-Borneman Insurance, Wolf Baldwin and Associates, and Reed’s Fuel Oil.

The “You Gotta Have Heart” event committee — Linda Voytilla, Mary Ann Glocker, Elizabeth Peters, Gayle Wolf, Barbara Wilhelmy, and Merri Brown — provided countless hours and resources to support this event. Without their tireless efforts, the evening would not occur. On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors, and all the individuals we serve, PCRC extends its heartfelt thanks.

You Gotta Have HeartThe evening’s social hour entertainment was local artist and “Rising Star Contest” winner Stephanie Grace and her band. Despite the dismal weather, forcing the band to set up indoors, (originally planned for the outdoor patio) they played with great energy and brought their own sunshine in!

A hearty thank you to all who donated the wonderful raffle baskets, including a “Mystery Basket” donated by our Board of Directors, which generated a lot of interest and “fun-raising!”  

New PCRC Community Awards

Helping Hands AwardPCRC instituted and presented two new awards at the event: the Cluster Community Award and the Helping Hands with Heart Award.

The “Cluster Community Award,” which honors someone who advances PCRC’s mission, making an impact in the community, was awarded to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Josh’s commitment to Montgomery County, including his strong support of Your Way Home Montgomery County, has made a significant contribution to PCRC’s ability to improve the lives of those we are serving in the County.

You Gotta Have HeartThe Attorney General sent a video message, as he was unable to attend the event, with personal remarks about the award and PCRC, mentioning how he “was always happy to have any opportunity to support PCRC,” and how PCRC “brings together people of all faiths, and from a wide variety of service organizations to give a helping hand to those in need.” Anthony Luker, the Attorney General office’s Education and Outreach Specialist, accepted the award on Mr. Shapiro’s behalf. Mr. Luker offered kind, supportive remarks, thanking PCRC for the work it continues to do in the community addressing food security, housing stability, and supportive and educational resources. (see the video message below)

You Gotta Have HeartFrank Cebular, dedicated PCRC volunteer and Board member, was presented with the Helping Hands with Heart Award by current Board president Mary Ann Glocker. This award honors someone for dedicated service to and support of PCRC’s mission. Frank has been on the PCRC Board of Directors for six years. He currently serves as the Vice President, Chair of the Property Committee, and sits on the Governance and Finance committees. During his tenure on the Board, he has also been in the positions of President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Along with his wife, Cindy, Frank has been volunteering for several years at the PCRC pantry in the warehouse, and he spends at least two days a week at PCRC’s new property, 61 North Franklin Street, working diligently and tirelessly for the PCRC staff to be able to start working in that space. (see feature story on Frank here)

PCRC is thankful to all who “Had a Heart” for PCRC at this event, and we look forward to our continued partnership helping us to serve our neighbors in the greater Pottstown area, providing tangible services, support, and spiritual guidance to address our clients’ basic needs. We strive to Nourish Lives and Strengthen Families, and you have helped us reach that goal. For that, we are most grateful.

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Slideshow of the You Gotta Have Heart event

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Frank and Mike

Mike and Frank

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities (PCRC) VOLUNTEER HEROES FRANK CEBULAR and MICHAEL BEHE have been working tirelessly and faithfully several days a week from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for many many months, renovating PCRC’s newest property, known as “61,” so that programming can be expanded and PCRC’s staff can live into its mission to provide tangible services, support, and spiritual guidance to address the basic needs of persons within and beyond the Greater Pottstown area more fully and comprehensively.

“We are trying to return this house as close as it can be returned to its original glory, while at the same time providing much needed office and educational space for PCRC,” offered Frank Cebular, a familiar and friendly face at both the current PCRC building — which has been in use by PCRC over eight years — and the property next door, a historic Victorian-style home built in 1887. There were many challenges along the way, but with Frank’s leadership and dedication, the space is shaping up and should be ready for occupancy in the near future. When asked why he volunteers for PCRC, Frank responded, it’s “a way of giving back in service to people who need that service. A way to give my gifts back to the community.”

"61" constructionMichael Behe got involved with PCRC through his wife Anne’s congregation — Brownback’s United Church of Christ — which is also the congregation of PCRC’s Board President Mary Ann Glocker. Michael noted that Mary Ann often advocates for PCRC and informs fellow parishioners of the Cluster’s activities, and that inspired Michael to be interested in volunteering for the organization. He retired a little over a year ago, worked his whole life behind a desk, and likes doing physical work, so it was a perfect fit. “I get to come here and help a needy cause, and do something that I enjoy doing,” he said. Adding, “Frank definitely needed the help. Him trying to do this alone is just crazy!”

Michael wants to encourage others who are looking to volunteer, advising, “… they ought to do what I did — just come and take a tour and see if there is something here that they would like doing to help meet a need. Find something that interests you and is in pursuit of a worthy cause. That’s what this did for me.”

PCRC is in need of volunteers to help finish the renovations at “61,” especially laying floors and cleaning. All supplies are provided, as well as fun and fellowship! If you are interested in helping our volunteer heroes Frank and Michael, contact Frank at

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At work on “61”

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This past June 25, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr., and Dr. Val Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, along with Renee Gorski, Patrick Druhan, and PCRC’s Executive Director Barbara Wilhelmy and staff member Danielle Gadsden, participated in a SNAP benefits Roundtable panel discussion held at PCRC. This was just ahead of the 2018 Farm Bill vote in the Senate, coming a week after the House passed its partisan measure.

SNAP Roundtable

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and is still commonly called “Food Stamps.” The program helps feed nearly 140,000 people in Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties.

PCRC Roundtable

From The Mercury:

Montgomery County Commissioners’ Chairwoman Val Arkoosh said about 10 percent of Montgomery County’s population — about 80,000 people — suffer from “food insecurity,” meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from and 51,000 of them are children.

Many of them “make too much money to qualify for SNAP,” but even those who do receive an average of only $123.51 per month from the program, which covers, at best, two weeks of food bills.

“As a result, parents often sacrifice their own health and nutrition to feed their children,” said Arkoosh, who is also a medical doctor. “Cutting funding in the SNAP program will be devastating to these Montco families.”

A bill now coming out of committee in the Senate “with strong bipartisan support,” would restore the SNAP program to its current level, and even add a little more money to encourage the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables, Casey said Monday.

Calling the cuts in the House bill “draconian,” Casey said “this is wrong. This is a program that works. If you want to talk about return on investment, for every dollar you spend on SNAP, the economy gets $1.80 in return.”

“But beyond that,” said Casey, “there is the moral gravity of this issue.”

Read The Mercury’s coverage of the event here. Watch the CBS3 Philly feature below.

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Senator Bob Casey (center) with PCRC Board President Mary Ann Glocker and Executive Director Barbara Wilhelmy

Senator Bob Casey and PCRC Executive Director Barbara Wilhelmy

PCRC Executive Director Barbara Wilhelm and Senator Bob Casey discuss food issues in the PCRC Pantry

PCRC staff member Danielle Gadsden was part of the panel with Senator Casey and Commissioner Arkoosh

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