Welcome to Bethesda Children’s Home
Bethesda’s Rebuilding Lives…One at a Time Capital Campaign Video
In 2012 Bethesda Children’s Home will begin its quest to take its ministry to the next level through its Rebuilding Lives…One at a Time Capital Campaign. The focus of this campaign is two-pronged; first, to increase the educational opportunities of at-risk and emotionally challenged children and youth served by Bethesda’s on ground school in Meadville and, second, to provide enhanced community based facilities in Erie, Pennsylvania which address the educational, emotional, recreational, and creative needs of children and youth from disadvantaged homes.
Mission and Vision
Bethesda Children’s Home, Lutheran Social Services, is a Christian ministry that provides superior behavioral health and mental health services to children, youth, and families. Bethesda’s vision is to fulfill the social, emotional, spiritual, and behavioral health needs of children, families and individuals by providing an effective and efficient continuum of care in a quality focused environment. Bethesda’s intent is to be the recognized leader in providing quality managed services with measurable, relevant outcomes and results.
Bethesda Children’s Home fulfills its mission by providing a continuum of care which includes our least restrictive after school, summer, and day time education programs for children and youth ages 6-18, to the most restrictive residential treatment for youth ages 13-18. Bethesda works with children, youth and families to develop individualized treatment plans which address the whole person and focus on lifelong progress and success.
At Bethesda Children’s Home, we treat every child as if they were our own. Our professionally trained and caring staff take the time to get to know kids, while providing them with the structure they need to progress in their treatment.
Bethesda’s tradition of helping kids stems back to 1919, when it was first established by the Lutheran Church as an orphanage in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Bethesda has since added two locations in Erie, Pennsylvania. Bethesda Trinity Center in Erie provides after school and summer programs for children ages 6-13. At Bethesda Leadership Center in Erie, youth and teens learn independent living skills and practice the creative arts, through music lessons, dance instruction, and a fully functioning recording studio.