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CHSP has been a vital part of the operation of Bell House since 1982, enabling us to provide enhanced services for the twenty-two physically disabled adults who live here. Most of our residents have Cerebral Palsy or Spina Bifida; all are in wheelchairs, and many need high levels of personal care.

As a part of our Advancing Independence Program, the Service Coordinator assesses each resident to determine what level of independence is realistic for each program participant. Residents then set goals for learning higher levels of independence and receive the tools that they need to be successful in reaching their goals. Almost every participant in the program has increased their level of independence.

Lonnie has learned to access the Internet to research his areas of interest (sports cars, the Civil War, etc.), another resident that is hard of hearing has received assistive technology that allows her to make and receive telephone calls, and other residents have learned to do their own laundry, to use the local transit service, etc. The residents are excited about this initiative and look forward to the higher levels of empowerment that occur as residents "stretch" and learn higher levels of functioning.

Thanks to CHSP funding, our residents are able to go to jobs, classes at local community colleges, to the YWCA, to church, shopping, sporting events, movies, bowling, art exhibits, etc. Many of these events require special transportation and personal assistance, which is only possible with the financial support of CHSP. It would be impossible for Bell House to provide the lifestyle that the residents now enjoy without this funding. They would become isolated, giving up all opportunities to attend work, school and activities. CHSP funding provides our residents with an opportunity to live full, productive and successful lives in our community.

Bell House, Inc.
2400 Summit Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27405

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