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Mental Health Services

Mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, gender, or income. While these medical conditions can disrupt a person’s thinking, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning, more than 2/3 of Americans who have a mental illness live in the community and lead productive lives.

We work to eliminate the stigma of living with mental illness and offer services to empower people to improve their lives.


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Intellectual Disability Services

Bell provides supportive residential and social environments to help people living with intellectual disabilities explore their potential.

With appropriate personalized support plans, adults with limitations in their ability for learning, reasoning, and problem solving can explore their strengths, and build their capacity to live full, active lives.


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Homelessness & Housing Support

Individuals and families who are homeless, near homeless, or low income can find supportive services through Bell’s emergency shelter, transitional housing, and rental assistance programs.

Bell offers caring guidance plus connections to a network of community resources to help people empower themselves toward independent living.

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We (Heart) Direct Support Professionals

Kevin Stewart was looking for work when he moved to York and heard from a neighbor about openings at Bell. Growing up with a brother who lived with intellectual disabilities, Kevin applied for a position as a Residential Service Worker (RSW) in Bell’s ID group homes and says “I haven’t looked back since.”  He’s been […]

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Lifting up families experiencing homelessness is a great reason to donate to and shop at Re-Source York, a Bell partner since 2002.  Funds generated through store sales are donated to Bell on a quarterly basis, designated in support of Bell Family Shelter to help families transition from crisis situations to independent living in the community. Both […]

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One Year. Many Lives.

Its 8:30 on a Monday morning and there’s a line of people on the sidewalk at 16 W. King Street in downtown York.  The dozen or so York County residents waiting there are anxious, heads down, offering nods and half-hearted smiles to one another.   When the door opens at 9:00, they move inside. As the […]

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A Circle of Compassion

Have you ever heard someone say something and it strikes you like a bolt of lightening? That’s what happened while I was listening to an OnBeing podcast and Father Greg Boyle said, “Imagine a circle of compassion. Now imagine no one is standing outside that circle.” I immediately had to go online to learn more […]

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The Power of One

When you hear the word “philanthropist,” does your mind’s eye conjure up an image of an old person sitting on stacks of gold in their mansion? A savvy business person in a corner office high up in a sky scraper in the city looking for a tax write-off? How about a timid second grader from […]

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Beyond the Program Doors

The annual open house and art show at Bell’s Adult Training Facility (ATF) is a festive event. While many of the individuals who attend the program – all who live with considerable intellectual disabilities – are considered to be “non-verbal,” there’s no denying their ability to communicate joy as visitors arrive. One individual squeals with […]

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Looking for meaningful ways to make a difference?  Explore opportunities to give back or pay it forward with your skills and talents in a way that suits your life. We’d be happy to hear your ideas and help you find a good fit.


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

—Helen Keller