Skill Building

Vocational training, basic living skills, creative expression, giving back, reaching goals . . . these elements for success are learned through social interaction, personal reflection and motivation, and guidance from caring professionals.

With access to a full spectrum of community-based programs, Bell offers resources to help people create healthy habits, stable relationships, and fulfillment in their daily lives.

Programs for Individuals Living with Mental Illness

New Beginnings
This program gives consumers the opportunity to build academic, social, recreation/leisure and daily living skills. Groups include money management, health and hygiene, crafts, exercise and physical activity.

Liberty Bell Drop-In Center
This program provides an atmosphere for mental health consumers to socialize and enjoy recreation and leisure time with friends. No daytime activities are planned; however, table games, pool, ping-pong and movies are available.

Recreation Program
This program allows consumers to get out of their house for some recreation. Bell offers activities three nights per week and on weekends. Socializing opportunities are also available at the Drop-In Center evenings and weekends.

This program is specifically for Latino consumers whose primary language is Spanish. Our bilingual caseworkers conduct the skill building and recreational activities in Spanish, but encourage the consumers to learn and utilize English in groups. Groups include money management, cooking, art, movie club and community awareness.

In summer months, fishing is a favorite activity for Sendero members. (as shown here)

CLICK HERE to read about and see photos from our 2011 art show during mental health awareness month.

Vocational Rehabilitation Programs

Transitional Employment Program (TEP)
This program provides group and individual counseling sessions to help consumers prepare for employment. Individuals can learn food service, janitorial, office or lawn care skills by participating in Bell’s contracted worksites. A workers’ support group is available in this program.

Supported Employment Program (SEP)
This program, run in partnership with the ARC of York County under the name of Penn Employment, provides job coaching services to consumers. A job coach will assist in every aspect of employment from evaluation of suitable jobs to seeking, obtaining and maintaining a job.  READ MORE ABOUT SEP

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Programs for individuals living with intellectual disabilities

Recreational services offered by Bell provide opportunities for people with intellectual disability to experience life to the fullest. Structured activities such as tours, trips and vacations enhance social skills and allow participants to build life-long friendships in real life situations.

Programs offered through Bell’s social recreation department include:

York Day Program/York Evenings/Dallastown Evening

Structured activities are planned and offered five days and two evenings every week. These programs offer opportunities for participants to develop relationship skills while participating in group and community activities.


A consumer directed social club, Options members meet monthly to plan their own social calendar of events with minimal assistance from staff. Participating in a variety of activities, they begin to make educated choices regarding social activities.

Supported Recreation

Working directly with residents of Margaret E. Moul Home, York, Bell provides one-on-one support in various community activities for persons with mental retardation and physical disabilities, two to three days each week.

Support-Empower-Living Fundamentals (SELF)
People served through Bell’s SELF program currently live either on their own or with their family.  Staff provides one-on-one service to meet the individual needs of each person. Goals may include learning basic hygiene, developing and improving writing skills, creating grocery lists, planning nutritious meals, and outings to discovery their community.

Bell At The Village

Located on the campus of the Brethren Home in New Oxford, our licensed Adult Training Facility offers a structured day program of diverse individualized activities designed to enhance the quality of socialization and daily living skills of intellectually disabled individuals from various living situations.

Open daily from 8am to 3:30pm, the Day Program supports individuals in increasing their independent living skills through a wide choice of physical, musical and social activities. Individuals are provided with the opportunity to experience community events through trips, movies and shopping on a regular basis.

Resources for Homeless Families

When families arrive at the doorstep of Bell Family Shelter, they often require more than just a safe place to sleep for the night. Throughout their stay with us – which can be up to 30 days – they meet with service and supports coordinators to build a personalized family goal plan to help them regain and maintain independent living in the community. Intensive guidance sessions, workshops and classes help people learn budgeting and parenting skills, offer assistance to secure permanent housing and job placement, and provide access to a network of community resources.

Bell’s Bridge Housing program allows a longer-term option (up to one year for qualified candidates), providing more time for homeless families to hone basic living skills, getting them on track for successful independent living.