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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Anniversary Adopt-a-Day

  An Adopt-a-Day donation covers one day’s operating costs at Bell Family Shelter, assuring a safe place to sleep, nutritious meals, and  compassionate staff to help York County families experiencing homelessness tonight — a gesture of generosity that will lift up families to a better tomorrow. – – – For more information contact our Community Engagement office […]

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2020 Personal Achievement Award

Bell’s annual Personal Achievement award is presented to a current service user who, in the past year, has made significant accomplishments to improve his or her quality of life. The efforts individuals who use Bell services put forth on a daily basis are not typically seen by the general public. And much of the change […]

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2020 Business of the Year Award

The Business of the Year Award is given to a business that contributes time and resources to assist Bell Socialization Services in fulfilling its mission within the community. When the pandemic halted their original plans, this year’s nominee stepped up to meet the obligation they set for themselves with a successful Plan B so that […]

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2020 Rita Patz Good Neighbor Award

Rita Patz was a founding Bell volunteer representing the Alexander Goode Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary. She volunteered with operating the Monday Night Program for more than 30 years, pitched in with many other volunteer opportunities, and was voted Board Member Emeritus by Bell’s Board of Directors.  The Rita Patz Liberty Bell Drop-In Center on King […]

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2020 Pauline Whitacre Community Services Award

Bell’s former executive director described Pauline Whitacre as the kindest, sweetest person he knew. She was a mental health consumer who volunteered daily at Bell for more than 20 years to help fellow consumers – long before the concept of peer support was in existence. She used her own vehicle and time to transport people […]

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2020 Margaret Atwood Community Services Award

Margo Atwood was a founding volunteer with Bell, representing the Catholic Women’s Club of York. She volunteered her time to operate the Bell Club’s Monday Night Program for many years and also served as a long-time member of Bell’s Board of Directors. The award named for her is presented to an individual or group that […]

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Get Involved

SAVE THE DATE for Bell’s Annual Celebration, Tuesday, October 6, 2020, featuring special keynote speaker Father Greg Boyle, founder and director of Homeboy Industries.

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 with Bell’s Mission, Vision & Values.



“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington

We’re grateful for the following civic, faith-based, and corporate partners who have extended support in the second and third quarters of 2020:

Aero Engergy
Amazon Smile Foundation
Anne & Philip Glatfelter III, Family Foundations
Big Chipper’s BBQ
Bricker’s French Fries
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Charities Aid Foundation of America
Community Aid, Inc.
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
Enterprise Holdings
Giant Bags 4 Cause Program
Glatfelter Insurance Group
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Women’s Missionary League
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
Holy Trinity Charismatic Episcopal Church
Klepper’s Key Shop
Littlestown Foundry Inc
Merril Lynch
Mr. Bill’s Seafood
Mt. Zion Lutheran Church
Mt. Zion UCC
Mutual of America
Network for Good
Rainbow Distributors
Re-Source York
S & H Express
Sarah’s Creamery
Seventh Inning Strength Softball Training
Shorty’s Funnel Cakes
SMPS Central PA
St. John’s United Church of Christ
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Stoverstown)
St. Paul’s UCC – Stoverstown
St. Paul’s UCC – Stoverstown
Stacey’s Orangeade
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
United Way of Allegheny County
United Way of Greater Milwaukee
United Way of Lancaster County
United Way of York County
Uptown York Rotary Club
Vampire Taco Truck/td>
Weis Markets Inc
White Rose Leadership Institute
York County Community Foundation