What would you like to know about Arch Street Center?
What is Arch Street Center?
Arch Street Center is a recreational drop-in center for an adult mental health population.
Do our members live here?
No. This is a day center. The majority of our members live independently or live in group homes.
How do you become a member?
We are a referral-based program. Your case worker, doctor, or psychiatrist can fill out a referral and once it’s received and approved, you come in for an intake appointment, and you are now a member.
How long do the intake appointments take?
The intake appointment goes over the rules of the Center, what we expect from our members, and what our members can expect from us. These appointments typically take between 15-30 minutes.
Is therapy included in membership?
No. While Arch Street is a therapeutic environment, we are strictly a recreational based program.
Who is eligible for membership?
Any adult who has a serious mental health diagnosis is eligible to become a member.
What kind of activities do you have?
We offer at least one structured activity every day. These range from onsite activities like Bingo, arts and crafts, and pool tournaments to off-site activities like going to the beach, sporting events, and museums.
Are children allowed in the Center?
No. The Center is strictly adults only.
Where does your funding come from?
About half of our funding comes from the County (Lancaster County Behavioral Health & Developmental Services). The rest of our funding is from our special events (annual Fishbowl Fundraiser, ExtraGive, etc), grants, and from the generosity of our supporters.
Are you a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization?
Yes! Arch Street Center is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our tax ID is 23-2258376. All donations are tax deductible either in full or in part.
Do you provide any transportation?
We have a Center Van that we use for outside activities as well as “city run”.
What is City Run?
When appropriate, we will drive members who live in Lancaster City close to their homes when the Center closes. Members are responsible for getting to the Center on their own.
How do I find out if the Center is closed due to bad weather?
We will post any closings on social media and on our website.
How are you handling the COVID pandemic?
We are following state guidelines and taking every precaution to keep our staff and members as safe as possible.
Are there volunteer opportunities?
Yes, we offer a variety of ways that you can get involved. Check out our volunteer tab and contact Susanne with any questions.
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