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Hanover Street NeighborsThe 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.

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. Participation in monthly service projects and donating time and energy to various volunteer projects are an important part of the program. Program participants can live in any of the surrounding counties. Staff are creative and energetic, bringing a fun and enjoyable experience to all who attend.

Located in downtown areas, participants take advantage of the local community. They walk and shop downtown as well as eat in many of the restaurants. In order to remain active, both programs will remain small in the number of participants daily. Located in Carlisle, Hanover Street Neighbors has a staff ratio of one staff for every four participants and will have no more than twelve participants per day. Located in Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg Neighbors has 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 card 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 dessert 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 main component of the Neighbors programs is community involvement. Participants are in the community on a weekly basis, some daily. They visit places such as Zoo America, Lake Tobias, City Island for Senators games, Chocolate World, the State Museum, the Historical Society, Wildwood Lake and Kings Gap. Participants also enjoy shopping, going to the library, visiting the parks for walking, picnics, and games, going bowling, going out for ice cream, to the pet stores, movie theaters, and to the Sports Emporium.



Service Projects include collecting items and donating them to various organizations such as food banks and the Toy For Tots Campaign. Participants also make dog and cat treats to donate to local animal shelters and service organizations. A two-mile section of McClure’s Gap road has been adopted by HSN. Several times a year participants and volunteers clean up this section of highway as part of Adopt-A-Highway.

HSN 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. With the sharp decline in price per pound of aluminum cans, the program needs increased volume. Contact Shannon at 258-8005 or email for more information.

Be Active!
Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Extended hours are available with advanced notice.
Shannon Grippin
71 Ashland Avenue
Carlisle, PA 17013



Participants who are interested work with Dickinson students at their garden and farm locations.


HSN participants currently volunteer at Project Share doing a variety of activities from flattening bags, counting and bagging food items (such as chicken, cups of dry noodles, eggs, and fruit), hanging up and organizing clothing, stocking shelves with baby food, and sweeping the floors. Participants also volunteer at the Carlisle Theater polishing the brass throughout the theater and washing the front windows. Participants shred documents for the Cumberland Perry MH/MR office weekly. One participant is working at the YMCA cleaning toys in their preschool room and sweeping the gym.  Another participant is working at a local stable cleaning stalls and feeding and watering the horses.   When available, participants also assist agencies with mailings and assembling packets.

MN participants currently volunteer at Mission Central breaking down boxes and putting together Emergency Relief kits, New Hope Ministries separating foods and bags for  the food bank and delivering magazines to residents at Gold Living Center in Camp Hill. 

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