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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

67 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.

Steven Green S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an employee of Glade Run Lutheran Services and I am honored and privileged to work at such a progressive, caring, and committed organization.

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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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had the opportunity to spend 10-13 months with Glade Run. Our group helped with their Glade Run Adventures Program and truly opened all of our eyes to what Glade Run does as an organization. The opportunities that they're giving to children, adults and everyone in the community is unlike anywhere in Western, PA.
The staff and volunteers wear their hearts on their sleeves and would do anything for the organization. Everyone is committed to the mission and helping those in need.
Glade Run Lutheran Services is a hidden treasure in the region and I would challenge other non-profits to strive to have the levels of success that Glade Run has!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am always impressed by the advancements that Glade Run continues to make. Their campus is full of heart, happiness, and safe spaces. This is so very important for the spectrum of services provided, as well as the community. I am so very proud to serve as a board member for this incredible organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Glade Run is full of heart! I am always impressed with the staff within the organization, at all levels and within all program areas. The staff's commitment to caring for students and clients and to supporting each other makes Glade Run shine!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Dedicated to helping people become empowered to live satisfying lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great place to work for - staff are extremely dedicated to their work helping this vulnerable population.

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has tapped into my daughter’s spirit in ways unparalleled by any other. My daughter has a severe case of ADHD, which means that she is perpetually distracted, as her mind is trying to track nearly everything that is going on around her. (The naming convention for this condition really needs to be reconsidered!) As a result, she has extraordinary difficulty focusing on a single task, and similarly, engaging in a group conversation overwhelms her to the point of virtual shutdown – there’re just so many gestures and expressions to track. Conventional wisdom suggests that she should be placed in settings with minimal stimuli – and in some academic cases, this does appear to be the correct solution. However, isolation is hardly the right setting for building relationships… And therein lies the miracle of Glade Run Adventures. When my daughter is riding her horse nearly all signs of ADHD evaporate – her focus is complete, she is at ease riding in front of a group – and even describing how she is communicating with her horse nonvervally. When she is watching others take their turn with the horses, she is able to use her ADHD to an advantage, watching multiple camp friends carefully, and simultaneously – and cheering out to them when they master a new technique. I similarly suspect that her time in horticulture converts ADHD into an asset – where she is taught to identify plants according to their leaves, and then sent into the gardens to find them with her camp friends… Or perhaps that is just a happy parent’s interpretation – But this much I can assure – this program is beautifully structured to enable kids who are often on the social fringes to fully engage in the joy of play and relationship building… And in the process, initiate self-discovery and confidence that permeates the entirety of the coming year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Glade Run Adventures Camp has been one of the best experiences of my daughter’s life! Each time she goes to this camp I am amazed! She goes from being completely egocentric to actually being willing to listen to how other people feel!
This program has all your regular camp activities & then on top of that they add horticulture, cooking, & horseback riding to name a few things...
The way this program uses animals to help children understand facial expressions & social cues is brilliant! Miss Julie & her crew are fantastic! I can’t speak more highly of a program or it’s staff!!!

Debbie Wolf F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Glade Run Adventures is the PERFECT summer camp for my son. With his multiple disabilities, he's able to be with his peers with similar disabilities, learn coping skills, experience calming activities daily by holding animals, riding horses, horticulture, hiking, and many others. He thoroughly enjoys all of the staff members and looks forward to attending camp every year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an excellent place to learn how to ride a horse.

maustin

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Glade Run.
I LOVE working with these teams. Everyone is incredibly supportive and friendly.
They love their volunteers and show us many times throughout the year.
I have grown to really value my time spent helping, learning and seeing all the joy that comes out of Glade Run!!

GLADE RUN ROCKS!!!!

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.