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What We Do

A young girl with cerebral palsy smiles up from her wheelchair

Since 1963, the PA Elks Home Service Program has been helping to improve the quality of life for thousands of children and adults throughout Pennsylvania. We provide support and advocacy services to individuals of any age who have a developmental disability.

Last year, the Elks Home Service staff drove 251,858 miles and made 11,976 home service visits, helping families in every county in Pennsylvania.

Services are provided:

  • by a Nurse and/or Medical Care Coordinator
  • to Pennsylvania residents
  • in the person's home environment
  • without discrimination
  • at NO CHARGE

Some ways the Elks Home Service Program can help:

  • Provide in-home medical care coordination services
  • Advocate for an individual's legal and human rights
  • Provide information regarding resources and services available
  • Assess needs and help to access equipment
  • Advocate for appropriate educational services
  • Assist with finding activities within the community
  • Offer instruction regarding home care
  • Provide emotional support
  • Help with vocational goals
  • Assist with residential options
  • Provide referrals to appropriate agencies in the community
  • Interpret clinical findings and act as a liaison between health care providers


Referrals can be made by health care professionals, school personnel, community agencies, family members or friends. Permission must first be obtained from the individual or family. For children under 21, call the Special Kids Network at 1-800-986-4550. For all other referrals, contact Program Director, Pat O'Connor 814-781-7860 or Special Projects Director, Ricki Hood 814-475-2554 or you may contact the unit directly.