Community Resources

The SWSD Student Support and Social Services Coordinator is available throughout the district to offer help with social services, referrals to community resources, parent and student support, and assistance with crisis intervention. 

Rebekah Myers, LCSW, Certified School Social Worker
Student Support and Social Services Coordinator
South Western School District
225 Bowman Rd. Hanover PA 17331
Office: 717-632-2548 ext. 20005
Fax: 717-632-7993

Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH)

The Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) program, authorized under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), is designed to address the needs of homeless children and youths and ensure educational rights and protections for these children and youths.

"McKinney Vento Act"

"Homeless Youth Basic Education Circular"

Homeless children and youth lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Included within the definition of homeless children and youth are those who:

  1. Share the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals;

  2. Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

  3. Are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;

  4. Are “migratory children” who qualify as homeless under federal law because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii) above. The term “migratory children” means children who are (or whose parent(s) or spouse(s) are) migratory agricultural workers, including migratory dairy workers or migratory fishermen, and who have moved from one school district to another in the preceding 36 months, in order to obtain (or accompany such parents or spouses in order to obtain) temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing work; and

  5. Are unaccompanied homeless youth including any child who is “not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.” Falling within this definition are those students who ran away from home, been thrown out of their home, or been abandoned or separated from their parents or guardian.

Homeless youth are entitled to immediate enrollments, and their families are not required to prove residency regarding school enrollment. Unaccompanied homeless youth may enroll without documents and without the help of an adult. These students are considered residents of the district where they are presently residing; however, they can continue their education in the district of prior attendance. Transportation to either the district of residence or the district of origin will be provided.

Questions about these services should be directed to Rebekah Myers, LCSW, at 717-632-2548 ext. 20005 or [email protected]. Questions can also be directed to Sonia Pitzi, ECYEH Program/Regional Coordinator, at [email protected] or 717-718-5924.

Crisis Information

Crisis LifeLine: Call, text, or chat 988

Crisis TextLine: Text HOME to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Wellspan Crisis Intervention:

  1. Mobile Crisis Unit - Available 24/7 at 717-851-5320
  2. Walk-In Center - 1101 South Edgar Street, Suite C, York, PA 17403; Open Monday - Thursday 8 am-8 pm, Friday 8 am - 6 pm; 717-851-5320
  3. Also in the Emergency Rooms at: UPMC Hanover Hospital (300 Highland Avenue, Hanover, PA 17331), Wellspan York Hospital (1001 S. George St., York, PA 17403), Memorial Hospital (1701 Innovation Drive, York, PA 17408), and Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital (147 Gettys St., Gettysburg, PA 17325)

Childline - Child Abuse Hotline - 1-800-932-0313

Safe2Say Hotline: 1-844-SAF2SAY;; or use the Safe2Say App


New Hope Ministries - 135 Baltimore Street Hanover, PA 17331. Phone # 717-698-3365

Gods Meal Barrel - 413 Baltimore Street Hanover, PA 17331. Phone # 717-637-5568

Hanover Area Council of Churches - 136 Carlisle Street Hanover, PA 17331. Phone # 717-633-6353

By His Hands Food Bank
- 95 Pumping Station Road Hanover, PA 17331. Phone # 717- 479-8183


Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

Bell Socialization: Next Door - Low Income Housing Assistance
- 16 West King Street York, PA 17401. Phone # 717-356-2957

LifePath Christian Ministries - 367 West Market Street York, PA 17401. Phone # 717-845-7662.

The Bell Bridge & Possibilities Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Families - 160 South George Street York, PA 17401. Phone # 717-848-5767

Bell Family Shelter – Emergency Help for Homeless Families -852 East Market Street York, PA 17403. Phone # 717-845-9536

YMCA Men's Emergency Shelter - 310 West Philadelphia Street 3rd Floor York, PA 17401. Phone # 717-854-7291

York Housing Authority - 31 South Broad Street York, PA 17403. Phone # 717-845-2601

York Area Housing Group
-3 Rathton Road York, PA 17403. Phone # 717-846-5139

HealthChoices Housing Program - Contact Amy Hampson, Housing Specialist at the HealthChoices Office @ 717-771-9900

Community Progress Council - 135 Baltimore Street Hanover, PA 17331. Phone # 717-632-9191


New Hope Ministries - Workforce Development - 135 Baltimore Street Hanover, PA 17331. Phone # 717-698-3365

HART Center -450 East Golden Lane New Oxford, PA 17350. Phone # 717-624-4323

Occupational Vocational Rehab (OVR) -2550 Kingston Road Suite 101 York, PA 17402. Phone # 717-771-4407

PA CareerLink - 841 Vogelsong Road York, PA 17404. Phone # 717-767-7600 or 150 V-Twin Drive Gettysburg, PA 17325. Phone # 717-334-6610

Community Progress Council - Workforce Development - 135 Baltimore Street Hanover, PA 17331. Phone # 717-632-9191


Teen Pregnancy

ELECT Program - Phone # 717-624-4616

Gabriel Project - 5055 Grandview Road Hanover, PA 17331. Contact - Darlene Funk @ 717-632-2590

Tender Care - 300 John Street Hanover, PA 17331. Phone # 717-633-1200

Catholic Charities: Heart of Mary Pregnancy and Support Program - Pregnancy Resource Center: located at 26 E. College Avenue York, PA 17403. Phone # 717-843-7986 option 1 ext 229

Family Child Resources, Inc. - Parenting Helpline - Phone # 717-600-1166 or 1-866-600-1166

Planned Parenthood - 728 South Beaver Street York, PA 17401. Phone # 717-845-9681

Nurse Family Partnership - 116 South George Street Suite 358 York, PA 17401. Phone # 717-843-6330

Pressley Ridge Teen Pregnancy & Parenting Program - 141 East Market Street York, PA 17401. Phone # 717-845-6624

Human Life Services - 742 South George Street York, PA 17401. Phone # 717-846-2384 or 717-854-7615


Qmmunity - 23 W. Chestnut St. Hanover, PA 17331. Phone # 717-637-2125

Social Groups & Mentorship Programs

Girls Loving Life - 23 W. Chestnut St. Hanover, PA 17331. Phone # 717-637-2125

Big Brothers Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties - 227 West Market Street York, PA 17401. Phone # 717-843-0051

Young Marines - 2412 Baltimore Pike Hanover, PA 17331. Phone # 717-357-7375

Support Groups

UPMC Pinnacle - Depression, Bipolar, Grief Support Groups

Wellspan Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Hanover Intergroup

Mid-Atlantic Region of Narcotics Anonymous

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