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Grace Manor Bed & Breakfast

Owner: Joanne Wilmore
Location: York, PA
Business: Bed & Breakfast
Purpose of Loan: Property Acquisition and Start-Up
Impact: Economic Security

For as long as she can remember, Joanne Wilmore wanted to run her own bed and breakfast. Eventually, that little voice grew louder, so she left her job in Baltimore to pursue her dream and find a location to open her B&B.

Joanne fell in love with a charming Beaux Arts gem in downtown York, but was soon facing challenges in obtaining the financing she needed to acquire the building. Feeling frustrated but still hopeful, she was directed to Community First Fund and we helped her with the purchase of her dream property.

Booked nearly every weekend, Joanne also opens her B&B to host craft nights, fashion shows and community activities for local women. Grace Manor Bed and Breakfast is named after her grandmother and honors other women of color who have overcome challenges with grace and dignity.