For over ninety years, the United Methodist Home for Children has provided a caring environment for Central Pennsylvania's children in need. Originally a home for orphans, today the Home is a refuge for children who are the victims of a negative social environment. Each year, UMHC provides residential treatment for scores of children on our beautiful 56 acre campus in Cumberland County. Children are referred to the Home primarily by county children and youth agencies and family courts. The children, for a variety of reasons, are unable to live with their families or within foster care placements in the community.
Two service programs provide therapeutic assistance for children and youth:
United Methodist Home for Children Residential Care, Inc.: This program provides intensive long-term residential care for boys, ages eight to eighteen, and girls, ages eleven to eighteen. The five original limestone cottages create a safe, home-like environment for the children with professional care provided by a team of dedicated staff. Staff members offer round-the-clock guidance, structure, nurturing, and discipline. Special therapies include behavior modification, conflict resolution, problem solving, equestrian therapy, and art therapy.
Individual & Family Counseling Clinic: A counseling clinic is operated in conjunction with the United Methodist Home for Children. This clinic is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals and families in the community and is located in Steelton. Experienced professionals provide services for all persons, regardless of economic status or religious affiliation. Fees are determined on a sliding scale basis, making counseling affordable to persons of all income levels.
The United Methodist Home for Children is dedicated to providing hurting children with the tools they need to succeed in life. Services are available to children, youth, and families regardless of religion, race, sex, color, or national origin.