St. Francis & St. Vincent Homes for Children
St. Joseph’s House for Homeless Industrious Boys and St. Francis de Sales Industrial School were established in the late nineteenth century to care for orphaned and abandoned boys. These separate institutions merged in 2002 to become St. Francis-St. Joseph Homes for Children, which now operates five cottages on its main campus in Bensalem, Bucks County, and an additional 10 group homes that together provide services to 145 dependent, neglected, or emotionally troubled boys between the ages of 10 and 21 years. St. Francis-St. Joseph offers an individualized program that promotes the personal development of each client as well as maintaining and strengthening family relationships. Comprehensive case management and therapy assist clients with various behavioral health issues. Caring staff provide residential supervision, recreational activities, spiritual and moral guidance, and career advisement, as well as on-campus education for 60 youth at St. Katharine Drexel School. Young men ages 18-21 who are unable to be reunited with their own families are offered intensive preparation for supported independent living while living in community-based apartments. Some group homes provide additional support for young men with mental or behavioral health needs.
St. Vincent’s Home was founded in 1855 with the assistance of Philadelphia’s fourth bishop and America’s first male saint, Bishop John Neumann. Saint Katherine Drexel and her family also contributed significantly to the work of St. Vincent’s Home, which was located for most of its history on a riverfront property in the Tacony section of the city. Originally a residence and school for orphans of German immigrants, the program has over the years evolved to respond to changing times and needs. Today, St. Vincent’s Home is a community-based residential program that provides long-term residential services for over 60 at-risk adolescent girls who are referred by the city’s Department of Human Services. These young women, who generally lack safe and supportive home environments, now reside in group homes throughout the community, which facilitates their integration into local schools and provides a more home-like environment for them. Some are pregnant or already with a child, and are placed in either a residential Maternity or Mother/Baby Program that is tailored to their particular needs for pre-natal care, parenting education, and child care support while returning to school, job training, or work.
St. Gabriel’s System
The St. Gabriel’s System is a multi-service agency of the Archdiocese under the continuing inspirational influence of the De LaSalle Christian Brothers that provides residential and community-based services for court adjudicated delinquent youth between the ages of 10 and 19 years old. The St. Gabriel’s System represents a long-standing relationship with Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services, the Family Court, Philadelphia Community Behavioral Health, and state educational entities. The system offers two residential programs, three intensive day treatment programs, and reintegration services. St. Gabriel’s System has served at-risk youth for over 100 years, preparing young people with the competencies, attitudes and confidence needed to become responsible, productive members of the community.
St. Gabriel’s Hall: Saint Gabriel’s Hall is a residential program for young men ages 10 to 18 adjudicated by the Philadelphia court system. Established in 1899 as the Philadelphia Protectory for Boys, St. Gabriel’s Hall is located on a beautiful campus in Audubon, Montgomery County, and staffed since its beginnings by de La Salle Christian Brothers. Together with dedicated lay people inspired by the LaSallian mission, they provide a structured setting where 200 youth receive transformative therapeutic and educational support. Saint Gabriel’s Hall boasts an eight to one student-to-staff ratio that allows personalized attention for students to earn a high school diploma, prepare for the GED, and receive job placement assistance. Residential treatment employs a team approach to rehabilitation with educators, child care workers, social workers, psychologists and counselors working together to provide an individualized treatment plan for each client in care. Average length of stay is the majority of an academic year, but the program runs year-round to accommodate rolling admissions.
The Mitchell Program: The Mitchell Program is associated with the Hall, and provides intensive, 120-day residential treatment organized around daily operation of a working farm.
De LaSalle Vocational: De LaSalle Vocational is a day treatment center of the St. Gabriel’s System located in Bensalem, Bucks County. Educational, vocational and behavioral support services are offered to court-adjudicated youth. The program educates 100 young men each year in academics as well as Carpentry, Auto Mechanics, and Culinary Arts, with excellent job placement assistance.
Reintegration Services: Reintegration Services is an intensive case management program for court-adjudicated young men from Philadelphia. The program facilitates ongoing treatment and support for 150 youth annually who have been discharged from St. Gabriel’s Hall and are returning to their own homes or other residences in the community.