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15.06.2017 Agency Announcements, Happenings, How YOU Can Help, Thank You!, Uncategorized Comments Off on Independence Day GIVE

Independence Day GIVE

As we in the U.S. celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, we revel in the idea of independence on a large scale. Yet, even though we’re recognizing one country’s liberation, a lot of what we celebrate really comes down to what we enjoy and experience as personal freedoms.

Donate to empower people toward idependence.

In fact, from the time we take our first steps we seeme to have a desire for independence. To stand on our own two feet. To make our own way. The older we get, the more independent we want to be. For some of us it’s learning to drive, getting a job to buy the things we want, and living in our own place.

Sometimes, however, life and circumstance have another plan.

Individuals and families who come to Bell Socialization Services are yearning for independence. With our mission of providing an environment of support and empowerment where people can improve their quality of living, our programs are geared to help them reach for that goal.  Across the fields of mental health, intellectual disability, and shelter services, Bell offers assistance with housing, budgeting, job training and placement, daily life skills, connections to resources, and more.

By setting individualized goal plans, working together with trained staff, and persevering against all odds, they make strides at whatever level they are able. Their journey is not easy. Ever.  But they aren’t alone.

Donate to empower people toward idependence.

For those of us who are privileged to stand beside them – through our paid work and volunteer time, with our cash gifts and in-kind donations – we do so because we value our independence and want it for others.

Because we know you are beside us in this work, we thank you in advance for your gift to our Independence Day GIVE.   Whether you make your gift today or donate on July 4, 2017, your symbol of support means a lot. And will do a lot.  Thanks!

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25.08.2015 Community Partners, How YOU Can Help, Thank You!, Uncategorized Comments Off on Re-Source York Presents Second Quarter Donation

Re-Source York Presents Second Quarter Donation

We have to look out for one another in the community.  Being there to lift one another up and offer support is written right into the missions of both Bell and our good friends at Re-Source York.

Thanks to all of its donors and customer, Re-Source York shares a portion of sales from their home improvement stores to Bell Family Shelter on a quarterly basis. This quarter, Re-Source York was able to give the Shelter $3,684. (Since January of 2014, Re-Source York has donated over $20,000 to Bell Family Shelter.)

On Thursday, August 20 Fred Cluck, Executive Director of Re-Source York, presented representatives of Bell Family Shelter with the greatly-appreciated check. Following the presentation, Cluck and Re-Source York staff Wendy Shoster, manager of the home furnishings location at 405 Carlisle Avenue, and Enver Bilajac, Online Specialist, toured the facility to see the donation’s impact up close.

Person-to-Person: Marcella Kinard & Felice Day, Bell Family Shelter, receive donation from Wendy Shoster, Enver Bilajac, and Fred Cluck, of Re-Source York.

“There are many reasons that we like to support Bell,” said Cluck, “Bell is a strong organization that has done a lot of good for the community and we want to be a part of that. We believe in the mission of Bell and Bell Family Shelter and it makes our staff feel good to support them.”

The partnership between Re-Source York and Bell Socialization Services goes beyond these donations. Re-Source York sells home improvement materials, furniture and home décor items at a low cost. Participants of Bell’s vocational rehabilitation program work alongside Re-Source York staff to learn the ropes of retail operations, preparing them for other jobs in the community.

“I am very thrilled with the partnership between Re-Source York and Bell,” said Marcella Kinard, Director of Shelter Services at Bell. “It is always a blessing when extra funding comes in. It helps with food and meeting the needs of the homeless.”

 

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Story written in collaboration with Paige Neidig, communications intern with Bell’s office of community engagement. Paige is a Corporate Communications major at Elizabethtown College, scheduled to graduate December 2015.

 

13.08.2015 Agency Announcements, Community Partners, Thank You! Comments Off on Bell Receives Safety Grant from Highmark Insurance Group

Bell Receives Safety Grant from Highmark Insurance Group

Highmark Insurance Group provided $3,200 in grant funding, requested by Bell’s Safety Committee, to purchase new safety equipment for the agency. The grant was used to secure new lifting and assisting equipment for the intellectual disability residential facilities at Bell. The new equipment makes it easier for employees at these facilities to move residents around as needed without risk of injury.

Safety Equipment Hadley Drive

 

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Paige NiedigStory submitted by Paige Neidig, communications intern with Bell’s office of community engagement. Paige is a Corporate Communications major at Elizabethtown College, scheduled to graduate December 2015.

15.07.2015 Adopt-A-Days, Community Partners, How YOU Can Help, Thank You! Comments Off on Re-Source York Funds Support Bell Family Shelter for Six Days

Re-Source York Funds Support Bell Family Shelter for Six Days

The relationship between donation-driven home improvement store, Re-Source York, and trusted local charity, Bell Socialization Services, is all about, well, relationships!

On Saturday morning, July 11, customers, employees, volunteers, board members, and others crowded into a kitchen display at Re-Source York to show their support of the partnership between the two organizations.

RSY 2015 qtr one

Re-Source York generously gives a portion of sales from their stores to Bell Family Shelter on a quarterly basis. During the first quarter of 2015, they donated $3,576 to the Shelter, enough money to “adopt” the shelter for six days. Since January of 2014, Re-Source York has donated over $20,000 to Bell Family Shelter.

The partnership between Re-Source York and Bell Socialization Services goes beyond these donations. Re-Source York sells home improvement materials, furniture and home décor items at a low cost. Participants of Bell’s vocational rehabilitation program work alongside Re-Source York staff to learn the ropes of retail operations, preparing them for other jobs in the community.

 

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Paige NiedigStory submitted by Paige Neidig, communications intern with Bell’s office of community engagement. Paige is a Corporate Communications major at Elizabethtown College, scheduled to graduate December 2015.

 

07.07.2015 Community Partners, How YOU Can Help, Thank You! Comments Off on Wagman, Inc. Holds “Canstruction” Event to Support Bell Family Shelter and Others

Wagman, Inc. Holds “Canstruction” Event to Support Bell Family Shelter and Others

On Tuesday, July 7 over half a ton of canned goods filled the dining room at Bell Family Shelter!

During the month of June, Wagman, Inc. held a canned food drive and sculpture competition among their offices. The event was coined the name “canstruction.” The non-perishables were donated to Bell Socialization Services, Inc., Dinwiddle Co. Relief Program, and FISH of Clarke County. These organizations were chosen by Wagman’s Community Committee, organizer of the canned food drive and sculpture competition.

Wagman delivery

 

Offices competed among one another in building the most impressive sculpture with the non-perishable food donations they collected. Creations included a bridge (first place winner) and a stadium (second place winner) among other sculptures. The first place winners received $250 from Wagman to donate to a charity of their choice and the second place winners received $100 from Wagman to donate to a charity of their choice. The chosen charities have not yet been disclosed.

BFS house manager, Jennifer Strine

 

The 1060 lb. donation to Bell benefitted Bell Family Shelter. Bell was the only organization in Pennsylvania that was chosen by Wagman to receive a donation. Wagman has made monetary contributions to Bell in the past, but this is the first time they donated provisions. Three Wagman employees delivered the canned goods to Bell Family Shelter. Mike Glezer, CEO, Lisa Wagman Glezer, Vice President of Communications, and Rachel Ranieri, Administrative Support and Chair of Wagman’s Community Committee made the delivery.

Wagman offers general construction as well as heavy civil and geotechnical construction services out of offices in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Our deepest gratitude goes to Wagman, Inc. for their generous donation!

 

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paigeStory submitted by Paige Neidig, communications intern with Bell’s office of community engagement. Paige is a Corporate Communications major at Elizabethtown College, scheduled to graduate December 2015.

26.06.2015 Adopt-A-Days, Thank You! Comments Off on Couple Remains True Blue with Adopt-a-Day Support

Couple Remains True Blue with Adopt-a-Day Support

Congratulations to Bell Board member, David Welber, and his wife, Diane Krasner, on celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary on June 22.   This couple is “true blue”  in their commitment to help York County families, as demonstrated with their annual Adopt-a-Day gift to Bell Family Shelter.

Welber Anniversary 2015

Sharing a dozen roses in warmest appreciation to Diane and David for extending their joy to help lift up neighbors in need.

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Are YOU in a position to celebrate the people and milestones in your life by considering a tax-deductible donation to help homeless York County families? Click here for information on our Adopt-a-Day program.

 

30.03.2015 Community Partners, How YOU Can Help, Stories, Thank You!, Uncategorized, Volunteer Opportunities Comments Off on HACC Students Collect with Heart

HACC Students Collect with Heart

When Professor James Schadewald reached out to Bell’s Community Engagement office a couple years ago to invite someone from the agency to speak to his Psychology class at the York campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), he not only welcomed representatives to his class, he took things a step further.

I am blessed to be where I am in life and like the idea of helping change my community.” student, Christina Spangler

Encouraging his students to take a small but active role in making a postive impact in the lives of individuals recieving services at Bell, Schadewald creatively incorporates charitable outreach into their semester coursework.  Not sure how much they’d participate, he’s been impressed that year after year, students go above and beyond.

I just really like to give and help others.  I am blessed to have a job and be able to go to school so my giving is an opportunity to help others.” student, Matt Aspey

“I am so impressed with the students,” Schadewald said, “They only needed one item to get one point on their exam but many brought in three or more items and when I told them that they only get one point they would frequently respond “I know but they need so much more than one item”.    I am blessed to work at HACC with such generous and socially minded students.  They humble me and make me proud every day.”

Bell has helped me get to where I am today so why wouldn’t I give back?”  student, Anonymous

Some of the HACC students in Professor Schadewald's class who donated items to Bell.

Schadewald is delivery these items and more with the class’ donation this Wednesday!

24.03.2015 Adopt-A-Days, Community Partners, How YOU Can Help, Thank You! Comments Off on Adopt-a-Day Gift Honors Friend

Adopt-a-Day Gift Honors Friend

March 24 is a special day in the heart of Bell supporter, Jon.  It is the date, years ago, his dear friend and her two children stood on the doorstep of Bell Family Shelter seeking safe haven when life circumstances forced them  to be without a place to live.   While Jon hadn’t known of her circumstance at the time it was happening, once he did find out, he made a phone call to Bell to see how he could say thanks.   His Adopt-a-Day gifts every year since are now providing an environment of support and empowerment to other families in their time of need.   Thank you, Jon!

Are YOU in a position to celebrate the people and milestones in your life by considering a tax-deductible donation to help homeless York County families? Click here for information on our Adopt-a-Day program.

22.12.2014 Adopt-A-Days, Community Partners, Thank You! Comments Off on Horn Family Gift Empowers Local Families

Horn Family Gift Empowers Local Families

Sincere gratitude to the Russell and Eleanor Horn Foundation for continued sustaining support of Bell Family Shelter.  This year’s contribution from the Foundation provides for nearly 12 full Adopt-a-Days at the Shelter!

Financial donations from local family foundations such as this are crucial to our ability to serve the more than 600 homeless mothers, fathers, and children who reside with us each year, receiving safe emergency housing, nutritious meals, and intensive guidance and counseling. While the Shelter receives some federal, state, and county funding, half of our annual budget must be met through local contributions, which comes from United Way pledges, businesses, civic and faith-based groups, families, and individual donors.

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Are YOU in a position to celebrate the people and milestones in your life by considering a tax-deductible donation to help homeless York County families? Click here for information on our Adopt-a-Day program.

25.11.2014 Community Partners, How YOU Can Help, Thank You! Comments Off on Thanks Giving!

Thanks Giving!

Cummock, Sarafian, and Janel Fox, Bell Community Engagement Coordinator

Brad Cummock, general manager, and Aida Sarafian of EQ – a USEcology Company stopped by the Bell office this morning to deliver Butterball certificates for holiday meals. Fifth year in a row – and this year TWICE as many certificates as before!