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Glade Run Lutheran Services

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services

Mission: Our mission, "Linking Faith and Service", epitomizes the strong foundation and beliefs upon which Glade Run was created to serve traumatized children and families in need. Our goal is to provide innovative and comprehensive services to the community through exceptional programs for children and families.

Results: For 160 years, Glade Run has provided services to at-risk children and families throughout PA.  Glade Run provides mental health, educational, cultural, and autism offerings in campus-based residential, school, and community settings. On our 331 acre main campus in Zelienople, we offer residential treatment and private education to serve kids with social, emotional and behavioral challenges and autism.  Community-based programs in Pittsburgh, Butler, Cranberry Township and Beaver Falls offer support to vulnerable families and individuals.

Target demographics: Glade Run serves more than 4000 at-risk children (ages 6-18), adults and families through our comprehensive continuum of care.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4000 traumatized youth and families

Geographic areas served: Western PA

Programs: Residential programs are designed to meet the needs of children, ages 6 to 21 who cannot be successfully maintained in their home. We offer a safe harbor in a healing environment, which gives children the opportunity to begin healing from traumatic life events. During this temporary time in our residential programs, we work with children to encourage emotional healing and social skills development. Our continuum of care offers the following residential treatment options:

  • Residential Treatment Facilities
  • Group Homes
  • Foster Care

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, Brian, has been going to the Adventures camp for several years now. It is well worth the 30+ mile drive to Zelienople. He is 17 and has autism and cognitive delay. It is a safe and very welcoming place for him to get to interact with animals and to work with plants. He especially likes riding horses. He has intense sensory needs, and a horse's size and strength are a good match for his 200 pound body. The camp recognizes campers with certificates, and he has more than once gotten the "singing sunshine" certificate because he hums and sings throughout the day. It makes us parents feel very good to see our son rewarded for a personal characteristic that gives others joy. We want Brian to give back to his community, and so one day he and I helped clean the kitchen and sort out things in the cupboards and drawers. It was a small way to say thank you. Glade Run Adventures camp plays an important role in our lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I worked at Glade Run for over 8 years because i had a passion for helping kids overcome traumatic experiences. Unfortunately, Glade Run's culture fostered new trauma in both clients and staff.
Staff were belittled by management, in addition to being written up, staff were made to write "sanctuary" essays and present them to co-workers during team meetings.
Staff were mean to the kids....it was like the Stanford prison experiment --- uneducated managers were eager to exert power over staff below them so, in turn, staff treated the kids the same way. Stay away from this place. It is poison.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I find it very apparent that Glade Run is in damage control following their fairly recent scandal of children in their care being the victims of sexual abuse. It is not difficult to draw the connections between a long standing and systemic negligence in providing quality care and the incidents that happened. They promote their utilization of the sanctuary model but good luck finding action steps taken that are reflective of Dr.Bloom's commitments. It's tragic and laughable to teach staff the benefits of growth and change, shared governance, and open communication when nepotism, dated policy/procedure, and negligent administration are commonplace. I'm sure some of the reviews written here are genuine community members, individuals and families that have been served by staff working for this non-profit. Know that they overcame low wages and toxic work environments to do this, likely waking up every day dedicated to their profession and serving the community with the shackled by the experience of working for Glade Run around their neck like a boat anchor. I hope any perspective investor or employee is able to see through the reviews written by the shills and allow this organization to fade into irrelevance. I await the attempt by Glade Run to comment, and minimize very unfortunate situation that led to their RTF's closure. I instead encourage ownership and genuine effort to change out of respect for the children and parents impacted by that event.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great group of hard working professionals with caring, compassion and experience being used to make the lives of children and families better.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Glade Run Lutheran Services has a passion for serving young people and families. Administrators, teachers, counselors, and volunteers enter a person's life at the most critical time, and make an impact that benefits that person for a life-time. It is a joy to be able to contribute to the all-important work that Glade Run is currently doing.

1 Keith A Colonna S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This agency does outstanding work in the community, helping several thousand people annually. I have personally meet some of the people and their families who have been helped and have proudly served on their board for over a decade. They are vital to the community.

1

Board Member

Rating: 4

Many exceptional services with compassionate professionals!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Glade Run is working to meet the needs of people in this fast changing world. The Sensory park is amazing, the adventures program continues to grow, and plans for a community are underway.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with Glade Run has been one filled with positive, professional growth.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This company is great to work for! They really care about their clients and staff members.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Glade Run is an amazing and resilient agency. They've been around since the 1800's, and are always evolving new programs to help meet the needs of parents in the community. They just added a fantastic playground designed for children with autism that is open to the public. We bring groups there after school to help them learn to socialize in a fun, relaxing environment. Thank you, Glade Run - you are a gift to the community!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new board member and Pittsburgh native. I keep meeting people and families that have been affected by Glade Run Lutheran Services in some manner. Their impact can be felt throughout the region and I was honored to join their foundation board last month.

They have so many great things going on and innovative ways to give back. I believe Glade Run has some exciting times ahead and I am so glad to be a part of it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in my field it is important to share information about our agency to help you understand both the challenges of serving individuals with severe mental health issues as well as the staff who provide those services. Glade Run serves thousands each year through successful programs, and has been in operation since 1854. It is inspected and certified by numerous organizations, including the Department of Human Services, Department of Education, the counties in which we serve, and outside agencies. Ongoing quality improvement is a priority at Glade Run, and our reviews are excellent. However, when any agency is working with a clientele of traumatized and mentally ill individuals, incidents can happen. Over the years, Glade Run has had staff that we have had to dismiss due to their refusal to be accountable to the processes and procedures we’ve put in place to keep our clients safe. Unfortunately, you will see these individuals attempt to besmirch the agency’s reputation through negative reviews. Glade Run remains an excellent and rewarding place to work – as evidenced by the number of staff who have been with the agency for 5, 10, 20, even 30 years. Care provided by these individuals is exceptional, and Glade Run’s overall track record and positive outcomes are the reason that so many agencies and schools refer children and adults for services at Glade Run.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I refer children and teens to Glade Run Lutheran Services without hesitation. The quality of their programs is unmatched, and they work with the most difficult of youth. Glade Run is regularly inspected (as are all agencies of this type) and is the number one choice for referrals for many managed care providers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I worked at glade run for nearly ten years and I could write a book on the corruption I witnessed. For a long time, I believed I could help change the culture and create a therapeutic environment---with qualities mentioned in the posts of unnamed "board members," "volunteers," and "donors." Instead, it was a dark place full of unhappy, mistreated and unappreciated workers. It started at the very top and sadly trickled all the way down to the children. The corruption was deeply rooted. It was engrained in everything. One day I looked at myself and realized Glade Run was blackening my soul so I quit. If you love your child, call the department of public welfare to gather accurate information about this facility. There are MUCH safer places where your child can change and grow.

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GladeRun 09/14/2017

Glade Run's 163 year history and overall track record shows that the care at Glade Run is exceptional. With over 4,000 individuals served each year throughout the region in over 20 different programs, we are proud of our history and our services. With investments in training and security that are unmatched in the field, Glade Run is one of the safest places for children with severe mental health issues. The idea that this Christian agency that is affiliated with the church and which is run by a pastor is "corrupt" is not only laughable, it is slanderous. The unnamed "writer" of this post is entitled to his feelings.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Residental side was shut down for Various reasons. Client molestation, Residential worker overdosed in the bathroom and was found face down with narcotics on the floor and in hand. DO NOT send your child here for ANY of the services they have to offer. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you avoid All of glade runs services.

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GladeRun 09/13/2017

As a 'professional in the mental health field', I'm sure that Mr. Gonzales recognizes the many challenges of working with traumatized youth with severe mental health issues. While inaccurate in his representation of incidents and misinformed about the residential program's closure (it was not "shut down"), we can understand how -with the way that stories in the press were sensationalized - Mr. Gonzales may feel justified in voicing his concern. He may not, however, be aware of all of the successful programs offered throughout the region. ​We welcome him to have a discussion with us or anyone else who may have concerns.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My grandaughter stayed for a year in Glade Run.She was only 8 but had serious problems and an unstable home life.The staff was amazing with her and truly cared about her well being. Glade Run works well with the families and were able to get through to my granddaughter in a way others couldnt. Thank you!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I valued my stay at glade run. I was a lost soul. Staff saw through me and brought out the best in me. I was baptized in the chapel. Choir was awesome. Made great friends. Staff went way above their jobs to see that I was on the right path despite family abuse. Staff were mentors,teachers,tutors,friends,offered hugs,and disciplined when necessary which for me was everyday,and we're to some family.it's not about the pay for the staff it's the satisfaction they changed lives. Love you glade run staff and god bless you.

1 Bethie A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with glade run . Love the campus ,staff,and friendliness. They help me Alot. Still do. Thanks glade run for providing me with the skills to live a healthy life.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Glade Run is so highly committed to those that they serve. This diverse organization brings more than 150 years of experience to lift up children and families to new light and new hope. Their dedication to persevere for those that others have given up on is certainly commendable.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my experience Glade Run Lutheran Services is indeed a "Great Nonprofit". Their residential treatment facility is invaluable for the children that they serve, as their staff are dedicated to helping the youth in residence learn strategies for a healthy way of being. So too, St. Stephen's Academy strives to create an educational system where children with special needs can succeed. I believe that part of what sets Glade Run apart is that it is a faith-based organization. As such, the love and grace of God are an undercurrent of everything they do, helping the children and families they serve know that Glade Run is a place where people truly care.