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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 164 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, school, and community settings. On our historic 331 acre main campus in Zelienople, we offer private K-12 education, transitional services for individuals with autism, and unique experiential therapeutic equine, animal and horticulture programming. 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, adults and families through our comprehensive continuum of care.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4000 traumatized youth and families

Geographic areas served: Western PA

Programs: Glade Run offers educational, mental health, autism, and unique therapeutic programs serving children, adults and families. Glade Run operates St. Stephen's Lutheran Academies, our three licensed private schools, in-home, -community and -school mental health and autism programs, blended case management and a number of transitional programs for young adults and adults with autism and other disabilities.

Community Stories

57 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: 5

I currently work for Glade Run and I couldn't imagine a more passionate group of professionals whose normal is Above and Beyond!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I, along with my twin daughters volunteer at Glade Run Adventures with the animals, keeping them well fed and cared for. It is a really rewarding experience in so many different aspects. First of all, we are able to spend time with the all the animals which are horses, donkeys, cats, chickens, and ponies. Second, the farm area and its surroundings are really beautiful. Furthermore, we learned from the best trainer how to care for these amazing animals. Volunteering at Glade Run Adventures is truly a rewarding and wonderful experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer to feed the animals at glade run. I love helping out. The staff are caring individuals who take pride in their jobs. They are always available if I have questions. The animals are well taken of and are very sweet. The clients who benefit from the animals love them and are a huge help to them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Glade Run, a faith based organization, is in the midst of change and refocus. After many years as a leader in residential treatment of distressed youth, Glade Run has transitioned into excellence in education, autism programming and community based mental health. Glade Run continues to provide exceptional services to the most damaged and harmed in our communities and has become a leader in alternative education for students struggling in traditional community based schools.

maustin

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I love to work together to take care of the horses on the weekends. It gives us time together, a mission to complete, and allows us to spend time with really great animals. We miss them and talk about them all through the week.
I gives us great pride to help out such a wonderful organization. We hope that our part in some small way helps many children smile, grow and realize the importance of animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering with Glade Run for almost 3 years now and love my experiences with them. The specific activity I chose to do is to feed and care for the animals (horses, chickens, cats, etc.) but there is a wide range of other activities to choose from. As much as I know that I am helping the animals, staff and children, I look forward to the time I spend there as well as an outlet from the stresses of my daily life. I've grown to love the animals and always feel very appreciated by the staff at Glade Run.

Steven Green S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have recently become involved with the organization and couldn't be more impressed with the dedication and commitment of all staff members. Glade Run has been providing vital services to the most vulnerable families in Western Pa for over 160 years. I am proud to be part of such an impactful organization!

Board Member

Rating: 4

This is my first year serving on the Board of Directors at Glade Run and I have been pleased with the professional way in which this organization is run. They have a clear mission and an understanding of how to move the organization to be successful. The staff are clearly devoted to their students and helping them be successful in life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked here for 10 years and the culture is wonderful.
The caring staff really help many of these traumatized families learn tools they can use at home to be successful.

Maria Lynn P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group of professionals that truly care about the clients they serve!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They provide outstanding services to students in our school making counseling accessible and easy to access for our families.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Glade Run is a wonderful organization rooted in years of service, program and faith. Their work partners with family and community to help serve and strengthen individuals who need additional support. Their passionate staff and dynamic programs set them apart from other similar serving non profits.

dcest5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for this organization for almost one year now and I've seen tremendous growth and internal optimism. I've been involved in the Pittsburgh non-profit community for around a decade and this organization is by far one of the most exciting non-profits in the region. I'm truly proud to be a part of this local growth story!

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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.

smkl

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am fortunate to sit on the service board for Glade Run Lutheran and I get to see first hand the incredible wprl being done at St. Stephens academy along with future planning which will benefit families.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Many exceptional services with compassionate professionals!