The overarching Mission of the United Methodist Home for Children, Inc., (UMHC) is to provide community-based services, resources and quality residential care services to youth and families in central and southeastern Pennsylvania. We provide youth ages 12-20 with safe housing, emotional and educational support, food, clothing, medical and behavioral healthcare, counseling, and more in a family-like atmosphere that inspires them to hope, heal, recover, and grow.
UMHC is a private, non-profit agency licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and a member of the Pennsylvania Council of Children Youth and Family Services.
In fiscal year 2015-2016, our agency contracted to provide residential care services for the following Pennsylvania counties: Cumberland, Dauphin, York, Perry, Adams, Berks, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Schuylkill, Snyder, and Somerset.
Almost every one of the kids living at the Home has experienced trauma, and some are very complex. They have been neglected, assaulted and maltreated; frequently, they have been abused, and some were abandoned. Most suffer distresses significant enough to create post-traumatic stress and other disorders that require extensive behavioral treatment. They face a long road to recovery.
Trauma has many definitions that include not only traumatic physical injuries, but also Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Our services are grounded in a trauma-informed approach that creates an integrated safe sanctuary for kids to examine, deal with, recover, and heal from the trauma they survived. All while they continue to grow in an environment that stresses a focus on the future and personal responsibility.
UMHC Program Statistics (FY2016)
- UMHC serves more girls than boys (on average, 2 to 1).
- Most residents are placed between ages 15 and 16.
- Residents’ average stay is 177 days.
- Range of stay can be a week to several years.
- Residents often need medical and behavioral healthcare, interventional therapies, individual and group counseling, and educational coaching in addition to basic room and board.
Our Long-Range View
UMHC celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017. The Board of Directors and Senior Staff have embarked on a strategic planning process that will lead the organization into a new century of service. As it has many times in the past, the model for delivering care to youth in residential care is changing. UMHC’s trauma-informed service platform remains in step with current best practice for providing residential care and transitioning to more independent living arrangements.
This care delivery model not only promotes safety and recovery for residents but it helps them to build a toolbox of problem solving skills that will serve them for years to come. Staff also benefit from implementing this model as it identifies chronic stressors, promotes residents’ well-being, and reduces the prospect for violent actions.
UMHC has always taken a long-term view. Measuring how at-risk youth progress through the youth and family services system is not always easy. Often it takes many small steps across years to show meaningful outcomes. However, with a 100-year track record, we know that, with support, many of our kids become successful adults.