We're committed to ensuring the Welcoming Place aligns with the health and safety procedures of the CDC, PA-DOH and local guidelines. Before you visit these facilities, please read our COVID-19 guidelines.

The Welcoming Place is a visitor’s village on the grounds of MCC's offices at 21 South 12th 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 and includes:

  • Private baths
  • Central gathering place
  • Kitchen
  • Porch
  • Outdoor and indoor fireplaces
  • Whole house fans
  • In-floor heating
  • Free wireless internet

The Meeting Place, a retreat and conference center, has two large assembly rooms and several smaller meeting rooms. Like the guest houses, this facility has free wireless internet access and is accessible to people with disabilities.

Who may use the Welcoming Place facilities?

  1. The Welcoming Place is available to groups or individuals who have a charitable mission or purpose, or groups or individuals who support the mission and purpose of MCC. This may include local religious and community organizations.
  2. All those using the Welcoming Place are expected to comply with the guidelines for using the Welcoming Place facilities.

Facilities and rates

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

Directions to the Welcoming Place

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

Click here to download directions to the Welcoming Place.

Welcoming Place photos