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Bell Program UPDATE 3.20.2020

As of Friday, March 20, Bell’s mental health and intellectual disability department residential services are operating, as are the emergency (Bell Family Shelter) and transitional shelter services programs. Next Door offices are also closed, but some appointments can be scheduled by phone (717.848.5767, ext. 416). All of Bell’s day and evening programming is temporarily suspended.  All […]

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Bed Race Cancelled Due to Virus

Due to concern for the health of our community, and declarations from both PA Governor Wolf and York City Mayor Helfrich recommending cancelation of large public gatherings and events, Bell Socialization Services has made the difficult decision to cancel the 5th annual Bell’s Big Bed Race originally scheduled for Saturday, April 4. It’s disappointing to […]

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Bell Announces New Members to Board of Directors

Bell Socialization Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of Leigh Ann Wilson of MANTEC, and Annette Hose of Fulton Financial Advisors to Bell’s Board of Directors in late 2019. Seeking a fresh perspective and opportunities to use her passion and “stretch my knowledge and connections in the community,” Wilson chose Bell because it […]

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Health Advisory from York County

At this time Bell programs and office are operating as usual as we continue to monitor public health authority recommendations. The following item issued by York County contains important local information and links.   Published on: 3/3/2020 York County is working with health agencies, schools and local governments to handle a potential COVID-19 outbreak. There […]

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Good News for The Higher Standard Project

Well, the waiting is over, and the news is great! On March 2, we learned that The Higher Standard Project has been awarded a full three-year accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF), known as CARF International. CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services facilities with an […]

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Family to Family

  The Horn Foundation’s Adopt-a-Day donation covers FIVE day’s operating costs, assuring a safe place to sleep, nutritious meals, and  compassionate staff to help York County families experiencing homelessness — a gesture of generosity that will lift up families to a better tomorrow.  – – – For more information, or to schedule your Adopt-a-Day, contact our […]

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A Snapshot of Homelessness in York County

Each year, as part of a reporting requirement for the federal department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), communities across the country are required to conduct a point-in-time count.  The point-in-time count attempts to capture the number of people who are homeless using HUD’s definition:  individuals who are living in emergency shelters, individuals staying in […]

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Now We Wait

Months of preparation, one and a half days of on-site interviewing and site visits, 877 required standards.  And after the reading of the preliminary findings report by surveyor Don Rowe, The Higher Standard Project (THSP) team must hold its collective breath for five to six weeks before hearing back from CARF International. Founded in 1966 […]

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When the Holidays aren’t so Happy

There’s wide-spread emphasis during the holidays to gather with family, show up at big festive parties, and generally be sociable and merry. For some people, the holidays can also mean deep depression, intense loneliness, and family drama landmines. Lengthy lists from psychologists, self-care advocates, and wellness bloggers abound, offering tips for navigating this time of […]

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Three Things to Remember When the Holidays Get to be Too Much

The shopping, the crowds, the traffic, the cooking, the family gatherings and work parties, school recitals and church events. Whoa!  Pull the reins on the team, Santa. I’m crying “uncle.” Sound familiar? When you start to think more about getting through the holidays rather than enjoying them, consider these tips for reconnecting to the season: […]

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