Sycamore House Service Corps

Harrisburg, PA

Since 2005, the Sycamore House has been home to dozens of young adults who are committed to social change in Harrisburg, PA. Following in the footsteps of the tax-collector Zacchaeus, Sycamore House Service Corps seek to live faithfully through service, action, and reflection.

A view of Harrisburg, PA capital building from the Susquehanna River.

The Sycamore House is located steps from the Harrisburg Capital Building.

A House in the City

The Sycamore House is located in downtown Harrisburg, PA, and overlooks the beautiful Susquehanna River. Harrisburg is less than 30 minutes from the Appalachian Trail, and about 1 ½- 2 hours from the major east coast cities of DC, New York and Baltimore. Because Harrisburg is fairly small, Corps Members can be actively involved in the community.

The Sycamore House Service Corps service year starts in mid-August and ends the following July. Many of our alumni remain in Harrisburg after their service year at Sycamore House to continue the work of strengthening our city.


Community Engagement5 smiling people in a colorful restaurant.

Sycamore House members serve in site placements at partner organizations throughout Harrisburg. Corps Members this year aid in preschool and kindergarten classrooms and tutor older students at Joshua Group, lead volunteers in construction projects at Habitat for Humanity, teach at Capital Area Head Start, mentor student fellows at the Center for Public Humanities at Messiah College, work with volunteers at CONTACT Helpline, and advance fund development projects at Feeding Pennsylvania.

Other areas of service for Corps Members include: (1) The House – working with each other to build a functional community. (2) St. Stephen’s Cathedral – providing leadership in activities like social media, choir, youth action, finance, dietetics, education, service projects, property committee, and community organizing. (3) The Neighborhood – hosting regular community dinners for anyone who wants to attend.

A group photo of 8 smiling people in front of a garden.

Sycamore House Service Corps Members doing service in community gardens with the Director and Ned Smith at the Catholic Worker House in Harrisburg.

Corps Members:

  • Work 30-35 hours per week at a site placement.
  • Participate in weekly reflections with the Director.
  • Receive housing, utilities and health insurance (if needed).
  • Receive a monthly stipend to pay for food and personal expenses.


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