Pottstown Cluster Officially Opens Its New Facility

Helping the Pottstown Cluster open its facility last week were, from left, Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors Hanna Hartman and Adele Klein; cluster Executive Director Barbara Wilhelmy, President George Bell, Chaplain Gary Pace, and board member Allan Altschull; and ambassadors Tim Forester, Janet Flack and Betsy Chapman.

POTTSTOWN PA – After decades of searching for the right opportunity, and many months of volunteer and contractor efforts, the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities has officially opened for business in a new facility at 57 N. Franklin St., Pottstown PA. The interfaith organization that helps struggling local families meet basic human needs was formerly located on Walnut Street.

It began serving clients July 5 (2011) in the renovated building once occupied by the George A. Amole American Legion Post, and held a grand opening ceremony and celebration there last week (July 14) to honor volunteers, donors and others who helped make the move possible.

The Cluster provides groceries, clothing, cooked meals, emergency financial aid and a variety of other services to area residents who are in significant financial difficulty. It currently assists more than 1,000 households in the greater Pottstown area.

“We are tremendously happy over the accomplishment of this milestone,” said Executive Director Barbara Wilhelmy. The facility is large enough, she noted, to ensure clients will no longer wait outside for assistance, and provides a more private way to shop the cluster pantry for items they need. “We are extremely thankful to all in the community that assisted us in making this possible,” she added.

The building’s opening is important because it lets the cluster “concentrate on the next portion” of its strategic plan, according to President George Bell. During coming years “we will research and develop programs, partnerships and referral processes that will enable us to assist interested clients in becoming self-sufficient,” he added.

Photo from the Tri-County Chamber