Linda Haley, program coordinator of Bell Family Shelter, sent this happy note to the Community Engagement office this week:
“Members of Otterbein United Methodist Church provided a dinner last night that was FAN -TAB – U – LUS!!!! The church purchased a lasagne and spaghetti dinner, complete with salad and bread sticks, from The Olive Garden. The members made it very personal by adding homemade pineapple upside down cake and chocolate mint cake for dessert. YUM!”
Resident families really enjoyed the meal, Linda said. And it was made even more delicious since it was served on some of the four dozen dinner plates recently donated to the Shelter from another local congregation, Trinity United Church of Christ, Hellam.
Thank you, friends in faith, for your thoughtfulness!
As co-chairs of their United Way of York workplace campaign, Adhesives Research employees Ashley Reigh and Mike McAdams decided to add an additional charitable twist this year. Reigh, Customer Service Representative, and McAdams, Senior Analytical Chemist, posted flyers, sent intranet messages, and spoke at employee meetings to encourage fellow workers to consider donating new and gently used coats to benefit homeless families of Bell Family Shelter.
Reigh said hearing that this coming winter is to be as cold, if not colder, than last, she wanted to do something in addition to the company’s typical holiday-time efforts. She and McAdams brought more than two dozen coats in both adult and children’s sizes to the Shelter last week. Reigh said the company still plans to provide a Christmas tree for the Shelter again this year, as well as share Shelter “Bells” for Adhesive Research employees to use as a wish list for providing gifts for children.
Thank you, Ashley and Mike, and all of our friends at Adhesives Research, for helping to keep our York County neighbors warm!
Warm and heartfelt gratitude to faithful Adopt-a-Day donors, Rita and Tom Potter, pictured here with Bell shelter services director, Marcella Kinard at the front door of Bell Family Shelter. We were thrilled to welcome the Potter’s for a recent tour of the Shelter to show them how the blessing they share makes a very real and positive difference in the lives of homeless York County families.
(photo courtesy of Bell volunteer, Lidia Pedro.)
THANK YOU to the bible school classes at St. Paul’s Red Run UCC for the wonderful donation of socks, undies, AND a check for Bell’s Support the Girls campaign, which provides access to women in need for brand new bras. These basics are in high demand and will be greatly appreciated by the homeless families who stay at Bell Family Shelter.
It was such a pleasure to meet Pastor Sheresa Simpson-Rice (pictured, left) , too. Ms. Marcella (Kinard, right) looks forward to coming out to meet the rest of the congregation in August to offer a “Mission Moment.”
Bell Family Shelter program coordinator, Linda Haley, knew the family leaving the Shelter was off to a good start, having made many positive strides during their rather eventful stay with us. The father, David, has chronic asthma and had to be hospitalized while receiving shelter services. The mother, Yvonne, experienced such serious health issues she needed emergency surgery during the time of their stay.
Despite these additional burdens, the family secured housing and was off to live in their apartment in Red Lion. However, the apartment did not have air conditioning, which Linda knew would be problematic, particularly for David, as the temperatures soared.
Reaching out for assistance, Linda was thrilled when Brittany at Home Depot generously agreed to donate a 5000 BTU window unit for the family. THANK YOU, Brittany, and thank you, Linda, for helping the Scott family breathe more easily as they reestablish their independence in the community.
Full of enthusiasm, wearing big smiles and their “Live United” tee shirts, they came . . . ready for action. Day of Action, that is!
As the 9:00 hour struck this past Friday morning, June 20, people both new and familiar to us began arriving at each of Bell’s six pre-arranged project sites to pitch in on one of the area’s biggest volunteer project days. The United Way of York Day of Action brings individuals and groups from local companies and organizations together with UW partner agencies and other nonprofits to make a difference.
At the Bell sites, 36 participants representing six organizations were greeted by Bell staff at the scattered project locations, welcomed with words of appreciation for their time and support, and an overview of who, exactly, they were helping. Quickly acclimating, the volunteers immediately set to the tasks before them: two car washes, three gardening/landscaping projects, and one painting project.
Volunteers came from The Bon-Ton Corporation, Columbia Gas, Emerging Leaders Society of the United of Way of York County, GEA Refrigeration, RAYAC, and SF&Company, and Bell’s Board of Directors president, Bob Lease, also popped in to lend a hand.
Bell’s volunteer coordinator, Janel Fox, oversaw the projects from the initial project listings through to the picnic and follow up. “Best one yet!,” she said. “The enthusiasm and capability of the volunteers floored me. It was absolutely wonderful, and really reflects the giving nature of the community we live in.”
Fox also wanted to extend big hugs of appreciation to all the Bell staff who went above and beyond to make sure Day of Action was a success, and special thanks, too, to Bell volunteer, Ray Bianchini, who helped pull things together for the landscaping projects . “It was, indeed, a coordinated team effort all the way around,” Fox said. “Many thanks to all who pitched in to make it a great day!”
Bell Socialization Services offers a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved with our 2014 Celebrating Mental Health Recovery art show, held May 22 to 30 at York College.
Deep gratitude is extended to Matthew Clay-Robison and his team at the York College Art Galleries for professionally curating the exhibit of 130 pieces submitted for the show. We sincerely value community partners who help to recognize and applaud the courage of those living with mental illness who share their hearts through creative expressions in paint, clay, textile, photography, and mixed media.
We further wish to acknowledge this year’s art show judges: Kevin Lenkner, executive director of York Arts, and local artists Susan Biros-Dawes and Rita King, gallery director of The Parliament. Thanks, too, to NAMI-York for allowing us to align with their efforts to promote Mental Health Awareness Month via the corresponding candlelight vigil, opening reception, and screening of The Anonymous People.
To these and any unmentioned, we offer appreciation for efforts to help eliminate the stigma of mental illness and recognize the valuable contributions of the one in four of the population living with mental illness.
Note cards featuring artwork from this and previous years’ shows are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting Bell’s mental health social rehabilitation program. Contact us for more information.
Sometimes, when the sky is grey and threatening rain, moods can turn a little cloudy, too. Especially if one is cooped up inside.
Well, no fear of that for the participants of Bell’s intellectual disability services’ Social Recreation program. They simply grab their sweatshirts and some umbrellas and head off to create their own sunshine.
Thanks to Christy and the fine folks at Royer’s Flowers & Gifts on Loucks Road in York, the Bell group enjoyed learning something new together today – floral arrangement. For a nominal fee of $5 each, the individuals in the group received a tour of the facility and then worked with staff to design their very own arrangements, which they were able to bring back to Bell and will then take home.
Apparently, we have some quick learners; these are beautiful, don’t you think?
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! And that means it’s time for the Celebrating Mental Health Recovery art show! On display at the York Collge of Pennsylvania Galleries, the show runs from May 22 to May 30.
Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 9pm
Thursday 9am – 9pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Wolf Hall, First Floor
Free visitor parking is adjacent to Wolf Hall. The art galleries are wheelchair accessible. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.
Volumes have been written touting the value of meaningful work. The social, economic, and mental health benefits gained from being employed extend far beyond stuffing dollars into a wallet.
Tim Barshinger, Britta Schwab, Michael Potteiger, Representative Schreiber, Edquina Washington
To help facilitate those benefits enriching the lives of local residents – particularly those living in or near York City, Bell’s human resources coordinator, Britta Schwab, spearheaded an effort to hold a York City Career Fair. Co-presented with the office of PA Representative Kevin Schreiber, the event is slated to be held Thursday, May 31, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at 140 W. King Street, York (at First Saint John’s Lutheran Church).
“This event is the culmination of efforts from many individuals and agencies working together to benefit our shared community and to promote opportunities for EVERYONE to work in our local community,” said Schwab at a press conference held this past Thursday morning at City Hall. (Fox43 video clip)
While the unemployment rate hovers around 6 1/2 % across the Commonwealth, according to Representative Schreiber, trends indicate at least a mild return to consumer spending, per conversations he has had with local financial institutions and representatives of the Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties (RAYAC). Schreiber added at the press conference that he is happy to promote this event and promote job availability for constituents through the first of what he hopes will become an annual event.
Edquina Washington, community relations director, City of York, and Michael C. Potteiger, chairman of the PA Department of Probation and Parole also offered remarks to the audience of press and a gathering of about 25 local people, including Bell employees and service users. (York Daily Record report)
Additional community partners instrumental in supporting the cause include the City of York, PA Department of Probation and Parole, York PA campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), York College of Pennsylvania, the York County Treatment Courts, First Saint John’s Lutheran Church, and Starbucks Roasting Plant.
Looking for employment opportunities? Schwab encourages people to come out to chat with representatives from more than 40 local business – all of whom are currently hiring and at least half of which are willing to screen applicants who may have a criminal record – and enjoy seminars offering tips on securing a job. “Dress your best and bring resumes to share with employers, too,” she suggested.
Schwab and Schreiber speak with York Dispatch reporter Candy Woodall
The venue for the Career Fair is “very walkable and bikable,” situated along the bike lane and the transit line, Schreiber added, thanking the City for their efforts to provide some additional free parking in the area (meters will be bagged) the day of the event.
Questions about the York City Career Fair may be directed to Britta Schwab at 717-848-5767, ext. 514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.