“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” —Exodus 13:21

As the Israelites began their journey out of Egypt, God traveled with them in a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire. He was a constant and a guide that helped the Israelites continue moving forward during a time of great change and uncertainty. The Pillar House seeks to do the same.

What is The Pillar House?
The Pillar House is a housing and mentorship program designed for young adults during their first year after college graduation. The mission of the Pillar House is to help fulfill the practical and relational needs of young adults through affordable housing, one-on-one mentoring, and connection to other local young adults. Like the pillars of cloud and fire in Exodus, the Pillar House seeks to serve as a constant and a guide for young adults as they transition to post-grad life. Located in Mechanicsburg, PA, the Pillar House was founded by Cindy Agoncillo, a 2009 graduate of Messiah College.

Questions & Answers

Where is the Pillar House? The Pillar House is in the Delbrook neighborhood of Mechanicsburg. It is conveniently located near the Carlisle Pike, minutes from the area’s major highways and approximately 15 minutes from Messiah College and Harrisburg.

Who can live at the Pillar House? The Pillar House is currently a female-only residence and is accepting applicants from the undergraduate class of 2017. Cindy and her cats, Earl and Charlie, are permanent residents. :)

How much does it cost to live at the Pillar House? Rent is a flat monthly fee of $300. This includes all utilities and cable/internet. In addition to rent, residents are expected to participate in one-on-one mentoring sessions every other week and house-wide events at least once a month.

How long can I live at the Pillar House? The Pillar House is a one-year commitment, from August through July. Residents may stay at the Pillar House no longer than 12 months.

What are the accommodations like? Common living areas include an eat-in kitchen with dishwasher, formal dining room, living room, finished basement/lower level, and laundry room. Storage areas include an attached garage and large shed in the back yard. Both off- and on-street parking are available. The Pillar House has two bedrooms available on the main level of the house. Room 1 is furnished with a full-size bed, night stand, dresser, and large closet and comes with shared use of the upstairs bathroom. Room 2 is furnished with a twin XL-size bed, night stand, dresser, and small closet and comes with private use of the downstairs bathroom.

What is the application process? Prospective residents should fill out the online application here. Following the online application will be an in-person interview with Cindy. To gauge community dynamics, applicants will also be asked to interview with current residents or other prospective residents.