Our entire history is marked by a spirit of love and service to young adults. It was in this spirit, in 1910, that George and Agnes Hoffman donated 192 acres of prime Pennsylvania farmland to the United Church of Christ (UCC), to be used as an orphanage. Though youthless, the couple felt moved by the plight of homeless young adults.
Many young adults came to the orphanage and stayed here with their siblings until they were 18 years old. The young adults worked on the dairy farm and helped with harvesting the fields, and, in turn, lived in a caring and bountiful home among other young adults.
Serving Court-Adjudicated Youth
The need for orphanages declined dramatically after the Social Security Act passed in 1935. On the recommendation of the Youth Welfare League following a comprehensive study, the Hoffman Homes for Youth Board of Directors decided that it was time to serve a new population of young adults. As a result, Hoffman Homes began admitting court-adjudicated youth and appointed an Executive Director with professional training in social work (previous directors had been UCC ministers), to help meet the special needs of these young adults.
At that time, the young adults in care were sent to local schools and worshipped with local UCC congregations. While in residence, they were instructed in such vocations as carpentry and auto body, to give them the skills needed for a productive and positive future.
Serving Emotionally and Behaviorally Troubled Youth
As our service continued, our mission evolved: even as we served adjudicated delinquent youth, Hoffman Homes came to recognize the emerging need to help young adults with mental illness. In 1990, after much thoughtful and deliberate consideration, the Board of Directors decided that Hoffman Homes for Youth could best serve young adults with severe emotional disturbances.
Between 1990-2021, our primary mission was to provide comprehensive psychiatric care, treatment, and education to emotionally and behaviorally troubled young adults and their families. While this is still a focus, the needs of our surrounding communities prompted us to expand the services we provided to reach youth and young adults beyond those that required such a high level of care. Hoffman Homes worked with local communities to identify those services most needed, and in 2022, Hoffman Homes expanded its footprint to provide a Transitional Living Program (TLP) for youth/young adult females ages 16-21 and a county-funded emergency shelter for male and female youth/young adults ages 7-21. In addition, Hoffman Homes received a license to provide Outpatient Psychiatric Services to individuals within these programs.
Hoffman Homes for Youth is committed to providing services that are cost effective and responsive to the unique needs of each youth.
Hoffman Homes for Youth treats the needs of boys and girls ages 6 to 17 who have a major mental health diagnosis. The residential treatment program is licensed to provide behavioral and cognitive therapy, physical health care services, and a safe and comfortable home to 95 young adults on our campus. Educational services are provided on campus through Hoffman Academy, our onsite, licensed private academic special education school serving grades 1-12.