About Us


Manos House was established in 1972 to help young men free themselves from substance use disorders that inhibit them from leading responsible, rewarding lifestyles. By 1975, the program was incorporated as Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services, Inc. A private, non-profit corporation, DARS, Inc. is governed by a board of directors comprised of volunteers from Lancaster and the surrounding community. The corporation has three separately licensed programs that include Manos House, the Supervised Independent Living Program, and the Prospect Grove High School. These programs are located in Columbia, PA.

Located on Prospect Rd in Columbia, Pa from 2012 - present.
Located on South Prince Street in Lancaster City from 1985 - 2012.

Many of our clients are also involved in the juvenile court system and/or have undergone disciplinary action at school. Referrals are made through probation departments, social service agencies, managed care agencies, and other treatment facilities by contacting the Treatment Director. Both the residential and supervised independent living programs are aligned with PA Behavioral Health – Managed Care Organizations-CCBH, Perform Care, and Magellan. Drug and Alcohol Services, Inc. has a supportive and caring staff of counselors, educators, a psychologist, a chaplain, and mentors. Staff members are experienced and caring professionals with a sincere desire to serve this special population. A low client-to-staff ratio is maintained to ensure that clients receive the time and attention they deserve.

"We believe in the potential of every young man to be a positive, uplifting, contributing member of his community."
Chris Runkle, Executive Director​

Mission Statement

The mission of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services, Inc. is to help clients change the direction of their lives by providing a positive environment, counseling, and support to facilitate personal growth that encourages clients to live sober, responsible and truthful lives.


Manos is the next step forward; changing for the better and learning to avoid obstacles over which we have stumbled in the past. 

Manos is help;

receiving the help we need and learning to help others.

Manos is responsibility;

taking responsibility for our actions and acting responsibly even when we feel like doing otherwise.

Manos is truth;

accepting the truth, speaking the truth, and realizing the importance of living a fulfilling life.

Today, we will take the next step, give and receive help, act responsibly, and seek truth.

"When a young man gets the help he needs, he can then in turn, help those around him.”
Joe Friel, Treatment Director​

Therapeutic Strategies

The therapeutic program is based on the stages of Change Model, which allows clients to openly discuss their substance abuse history and create an individualized treatment experienced based on the clients’ motivation to change.