The Welcoming Place is a visitor’s village on the grounds of MCC's offices at 21 South 12​th St., Akron, Pa. It includes guest houses and a conference and meeting center.

The complex, built for MCC meetings, service worker orientations and as a guest facility for visitors, is designed to represent an international village and reflect the homes, schools and churches of MCC’s partner organizations around the world. All buildings are decorated with international crafts from Ten Thousand Villages.

Each of the Welcoming Place’s four guest houses has 11 bedrooms with private baths and a central gathering place, kitchen, porch and fireplaces. The Meeting Place, a retreat and conference center, has two large assembly rooms as well as several smaller meeting rooms. All facilities are accessible to people with disabilities and have free wireless Internet access.

For more information on facilities and rate information, contact the MCC Hosting Department at 717-859-1151 or 1-888-563-4676, or email WelcomingPlace@mcc.org.

Directions to the Welcoming Place

(Address for GPS: 21 South 12th St., Akron, Pa. 17501)

Lancaster, Pa., to Akron
From US-30, take US-222 north toward Ephrata/Reading. Leave US-222 at the Brownstown/Rothsville exit. Turn right onto Rt. 772 at the stoplight and right again at the stoplight onto Oregon Pike US-272. Travel up the hill to the next stoplight and turn right onto Main Street, Akron. Go five blocks to 12th Street. Turn right onto 12th Street. MCC will be on your left. Just past the office, turn left and drive behind the office to the Welcoming Place sign and parking area. 

Pennsylvania Turnpike (US-76) to Akron

Take turnpike exit 286, (Reading/Lancaster). From the toll booth travel straight ahead on the Reading Interchange to US-222 South. Turn left onto US-222 immediately after the bridge. Travel south approximately five miles to the Ephrata exit, US-322. At the stoplight, turn right, continue on US-322 west to the second stoplight and turn left onto Bethany Road. Continue on Bethany Road until the road divides into Main Street and Farmersville Road. Take Main Street to the right. Go past the park and up the hill to a stop sign. At the stop sign, bear right and then turn at the first left, 12th Street. MCC will be on your left. Just past the office, turn left and drive behind the office to the Welcoming Place sign and parking area.