Isaiah 61 Ministries began serving the homeless in Harrisburg as a family ministry in 2007. The hearts of the founding family have grown to love and cherish many of the relationships that have been built over the years! In 2012 Isaiah 61 Ministries became a non-profit organization and now has many volunteers who help prepare and serve meals Tuesday and Wednesday evenings each week.
In 2013 God blessed Isaiah 61 Ministries with a facility in Halifax PA. Isaiah 61 Ministries offers a clothing bank and soup kitchen to the residents of Upper Dauphin County at this location.
Isaiah 61 Ministries works with men who are at the Dauphin County Work Release program to offer both community service opportunities and spiritual guidance. Each week men are able to serve at the downtown food service and are invited to participate in a LifeGroup which offers them a time of Bible Study, fellowship, support, and accountability.
Isaiah 61 Ministries was founded by April and Angel Ocasio. In 2007 Angel and April along with friends who belonged to a Celebrate Recovery group at the Swatara Church of God began taking a crock-pot of soup, some sandwiches and fruit to a small group of people living under the Mulberry Street bridge in Harrisburg, PA. After doing this as a group a few times the group stopped serving, but April and Angel felt called by God to continue as a family. Through friendships built with those living at that location April and Angel began to be introduced to others in the homeless community and the ministry that God laid on their hearts grew.
In 2010 Isaiah 61 Ministries name was chosen and it's 501(c)3 status was awarded soon after. This ministry has continued to grow and to bless many people who are in need of the love of Jesus.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,