Neighbors/Participant-Family Focused Programs
The main component of the Neighbors programs is community involvement. Participants are in the community on a daily basis. Participants enjoy shopping, going to the library, picnics, going bowling, going to the movies, visiting museums, going out to eat or for coffee and pastries, and going to the Sports Emporium.
In order to remain active, programs will remain small in the number of participants daily. Hanover Street Neighbors, Village Square Neighbors, and Mechanicsburg Neighbors have a staff ratio of one staff for every three participants and will have no more than twelve participants per day. While at the programs, participants can choose from a variety of activities. Some participants enjoy using the computer to play games, research information, set up and check e-mail accounts, and type word documents. Many participants also enjoy playing cards and board games, making crafts, reading the newspaper, listening to the radio, watching movies, working on educational skills, and socializing with friends.
Many participants are interested in learning to be more independent. At Neighbors some participants are learning cooking and baking skills. Foods that they prepare are sometimes eaten at the program as a lunch or snack and sometimes donated to others in the community. A washer and a dryer are available for those who want to learn to do their own laundry. Everyone helps to keep the program clean and organized by choosing a job each day that range from taking out the trash, cleaning the bathroom, washing the windows, watering the plants, sweeping, and getting the recycling ready.
The Neighbors programs are funded by the Office of Developmental Programs and all participants have a diagnosis of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. To be eligible for the program, participants should express a desire to participate and be active citizens in their community. Program participants can live in any of the surrounding counties. Our staff is creative and energetic while bringing a fun and enjoyable experience to all who attend.
Be Active! Be Social! Be Involved!
Director of Patricipant-Family Focused Programs
Phone: (717) 249-2611
Program Manager and Program Contact
Phone: (717) 961-0091
Village Square Neighbors, Supervisor
Hanover Street Neighbors, Supervisor
Mechanicsburg Neighbors, Supervisor
8:30am to 3:30pm
Hanover Street Neighbors is currently working on an on-going service project called Animeals. CPARC’s version of Animeals is a "meals on wheels" program that provides food to pets belonging to senior citizens who may not otherwise have the means to get out to buy, or have the money to buy, the food for themselves.
Here’s how it works…Hanover Street Neighbors program participants collect aluminum cans and use the recycling money to fund the program. Pets in need are identified, along with the type of food they will need. The Neighbors participants then deliver the food to the pet’s home.
You can help the Hanover Street Neighbors Animeals program keep going by donating your aluminum cans. Recycling receptacles are located in the rear of the program at 34-36 N. Hanover Street in Carlisle. They will also arrange to pick up cans in the area. For more information, please contact Kristy Lanser at 258-8005 or email email@example.com.
Participants are offered a variety of volunteer opportunities which may vary. Typically participants enjoy doing various jobs such as sorting food at the local food banks, visiting residents at nursing homes, doing light cleaning jobs at various churches and other non-profit agencies. As packaging and assembling jobs are available sometimes participants will make kits or packets for various non-profit agencies.
The Neighbors programs are a collaborative partnership between people with disabilities, their families, CPARC, and UCP Central PA. Neighbors is a unique peer oriented program, using self-determination principles that will meet the needs of a diverse group of people.