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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Mental Health, Residential Mental Health Treatment

Mission: The mission of Hoffman Homes for Youth is to be committed to promoting personal growth and achievement of those we serve through continuous quality improvement, education, staff development, and the use of evidence-based practices.

Target demographics: We treat the needs of boys and girls ages 6 to 18 without regard to race, creed, or national origin, who have a major mental health diagnosis.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Roughly 130 children and families.

Geographic areas served: Serving Pennsylvania, specifically the following counties: Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York

Programs: The purpose of Hoffman Homes for Youth (HHY) is to provide comprehensive psychiatric care, treatment, and education to emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families. Hoffman is committed to providing services that are cost effective and responsive to the unique needs of each child, always in close cooperation with the parents/guardians, referring agencies, case management organizations, school systems, and funding sources. We are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. HHY treats the needs of boys and girls ages 6 to 18 without regard to race, creed, or national origin, 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 for up to 141 children on our campus. Children admitted to HHY have significant trauma experiences that include neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Children are referred to HHY by psychiatric hospitals, public agencies, case management organizations, local educational agencies, and private practitioners. Our comprehensive clinical treatment program often serves the transitional needs of children between hospital and community based treatment. The primary expectation of all children admitted is that they are committed to gaining the abilities and skills necessary for a successful return to community-based living environments. Children admitted to HHY must be able to benefit from the wide range of therapeutic activities provided, such as talk therapy, recreation therapy, art therapy, horticulture therapy, pet therapy, and therapeutic horsemanship. During a child’s placement at Hoffman Homes for Youth, they are provided with educational services. Since the early 1970’s, HHY has partnered with the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD) and the Lincoln Intermediate Unit (LIU) to provide special education services on our campus to the children in care. HHY is licensed by the Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) and approved by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMSAS) of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and by the Department of Health. We are very proud of our success rate! In 2011, 83% of the children discharged met their treatment goals while at Hoffman Homes for Youth and successfully returned to the community.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7

Client Served

Rating: 1

I was a resident sent there by the courts at a younger age. I was 12 at the time. I am currently 27 yrs old. This facility over medicated me, physically and emotionally abused me . I beg you, do not send your children here. It will negatively affect them for the rest of their lives like it has done to me.

9

Client Served

Rating: 1

My son was clearly suicidal and he was not put on intensive supervision. He died by suicide at Hoffman Homes in April, 2015.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 1

THE MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS ARE IN EXPERIENCED AND LIARS. THEY FALSIFY DOCUMENTS, WRITING FALSE REPORTS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF WELFARE. YOUTHS EMOTIONALLY ABUSED AND RESTRAINED FOR NO GOOD REASON. ALOT OF BULLYING.
THE NURSES? THEY SHOULD BE CNAs OR MED TECHs.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a resident at Hoffman Homes a very long time ago. I was a child who had been in many residential treatment facilities growing up, much like a lot of other kids who "grow up in the system." Hoffman Homes was the very best! The staff who worked with me on a daily basis were so kind and caring. They made me feel like a "normal" kid- someone who didn't have all the emotional issues I had. They were warm hearted people who cared about the children they worked with. Many times I felt like I was just living with a really big, diverse family. I'll always remember Ms. Deavers. She was the grandmother I always wished I had. "If I had a million dollars..." she'd sing. Hoffman homes is a wonderful treatment based facility. I think that their approach to all the different therapies you receive is up close and personal and specially formulated for each individual. Hoffman homes is unique from other facilities because you're working with people who truly care about the well being of children.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Truly inspirational....
The work that the staff and volunteers do for these youth in need is heart-warming.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Hoffman Homes does truly wonderful work. Their staff are very dedicated to the children. and they certainly do what they can to make things great for them. I enjoy giving my time and money to them, because I know it is a good cause, and it will be used for the benefit of the children.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hoffman Homes provides caring residential, educational, recreational and therapeutic services to, on average, about 90 youth who benefit from a highly dedicated staff. As a non-profit organization, funding is always an issue. Nonetheless, Hoffman Homes has a highly competent managerial and direct care staff and a well maintained campus, residences and programs. The love and care that is shared with the residents and the focus on providing a safe and secure residential program experience enables the majority of youth to meet their program goals and re-enter their community settings better prepared to succeed. Hoffman Homes is a great place that provides an outstanding program!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was first asked to serve on the Board of Hoffman Homes, I wondered whether serving on the board would be worth the ride from Maryland to Gettysburg Pennsylvania. Now after being associated with Hoffman for 12 years, I have no doubts. When I meet the children that are served, I feel very good knowing that I have helped in a small way. The management and staff of Hoffman are the real heroes but I always feel better on my trip home.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Hoffman Homes for over 14 years as a board member and as a member of the Friends group. Hoffman Homes has the most caring staff I have ever met. They are constantly looking for ways to help the children. In addition to traditional therapies seen in this type of facility, the children are provided with pet and horse therapies, art therapy, and horticultural therapy. The administration is constantly looking for ways to provide treatment in a nurturing environment for these children. The experiences the children have at Hoffman Homes are often the best that they have experienced in their short lives. It is important that Hoffman Homes finds more ways to continue and enrich these programs so that more children can be helped.

4 Craig16

Client Served

Rating: 5

My personal experience with Hoffman homes has been amazing. The way they treat my son is wonderful. I want to thank everyone there for being so caring and understanding. Thank you so much to everyone at Hoffman homes.