We wouldn’t be here without your love and support. We are a small organization with a mighty mission, and we work hard to support women and men in our community. We help them find their voice, determine their direction while empowering them to take the first step in life! We also walk alongside our graduates for as long as they need us. This is the New Choices way.

We appreciate your support on Extra Give and all year-round.

Class Details 2019 2020

Upcoming Dates

Jan 6-17

Mar 2-13

Apr 27-May 8

June 15-26



New Choices offices across the state have been closed since the mandated state shutdown in mid-March. While our physical offices may be closed, we are still able to provide support services online. We are also enrolling students for an upcoming new, virtual class format. 

If you need assistance and are able to meet online or wish to participate in a class, please contact Deb St. Onge via email. 

If you are a New Choices alumni, you can also contact Deb St. Onge, our Program Director, for support services.


Director - New Choices

Deb St. Onge





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Founded in 1985 through a collaborative effort by the YWCA Lancaster, the Junior League of Lancaster, and the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, New Choices has been successfully aiding individuals in transition for over 30 years and has assisted thousands of women to find economic and emotional independence. The New Choices program is now open to men.

New Choices is FREE to the Lancaster County community thanks to funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the Lancaster County Career & Technology Foundation.


New Choices Career Development Program is a life-changing opportunity for Lancaster County’s individuals in transition to achieve economic self-sufficiency through personal development, career guidance, and job training. New Choices is a nonprofit organization funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

It offers five 10-day, 60-hour courses each year completely FREE of charge. Upon the successful completion of the program, New Choices offers valuable scholarship opportunities for students to pursue further education. Additionally, support from the New Choices staff follows students long after graduation. New Choices Lancaster is overseen by Pennsylvania Women Work.


Helping women and men find their voice, determine their direction while
empowering them to take the first step!


To empower women and men in transition to participate fully in planning and achieving their career, educational, and personal goals. 


New Choices Career Development Program is a free Educational Empowerment Workshop for individuals who are in transition or recently lost a job. 


There are several ways you can help New Choices of Lancaster. Click below to learn more about our Taste Of Success Event, as well as volunteer opportunities. Thanks for the support! 


Taste of Success 2019

Taste of Success 2019

Join us for an evening of food and fun as we celebrate our 9th Annual Taste of Success which benefits New Choices Lancaster! The Taste of Success Culinary Showdown will be held on March 22nd, 2019, at the Emerald Foundation, 2120 Oregon Pike, Lancaster. Doors open at...

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Success Stories – Renee Stoltzfus

Success Stories – Renee Stoltzfus

Renee has a love for animals, which is the passion behind her first career as a dog groomer. Throughout her life, she noticed that even the most frightened and aggressive of dogs would reciprocate this love and gentleness. Renee feels that the animals can sense her...

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Success Stories – Betty Frimpong-Manosh

Success Stories – Betty Frimpong-Manosh

Before attending the New Choices Career Development Program, Betty worked at a local hospital and as a waitress at several restaurants, but still found it hard to manage her budget every week. A single mom with a BA degree in biology, Betty was only making $12 an hour...

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