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Bethesda Children's Home
15487 State Highway 86
Meadville, PA 16335
(814) 724-7510

Bethesda Leadership Center
349 West 18th Street
Erie, PA 16502
(814) 454-1285

Bethesda Trinity Center
462 West 18th Street
Erie, PA 16502
(814) 453-2468

Bethesda Trinity Center – Erie, PA

DCIM_0701Bethesda Community Place located in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown Erie, Pennsylvania is considered one of the City’s oldest community centers. Established in 1922 as an outgrowth of the community-oriented ministry of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church located on West 17th Street in Erie, Pennsylvania, Bethesda Community Place was originally named Trinity Center to reflect its Lutheran beginnings.

In 1996 Bethesda Children’s Home, Lutheran Social Services merged with the Trinity Center ministry in order to provide long term financial support and the leadership of a well established nonprofit agency. Since that time, Bethesda Community Place has continued to utilize the Trinity Center name as a program of Bethesda Community Place however the Center in Erie has blossomed into a full service solution for the community offering a continuum of programs and services.

rinity Center is now a program of Bethesda Children’s Home that provides Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs, After School and Summer Programs with an emphasis on education. All programs offered at the Trinity Center are provided free of charge, and open to children in the Erie Community.

Programs offered through Trinity Center:

• Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Servicestrinitycenter2
• Therapeutic Support Staff
• On-site psychological and psychiatric evaluations
• After School Programs (ages 5-12 years old)
• Summer Recreation Program (ages 5-12 years old)
• Kids Café offering hot meals after school and throughout the summer
• Tutoring during the school year
• Drug & Alcohol Prevention Programs (“In My House” & “Project Alert”)
• Adolescent Health Rhythms (drumming circles)
• Computer Literacy & Internet Access
• Arts & Crafts
• Recreation (dance, sports, table games, martial arts)
• Educational Field TripsDSCN00102
• Reading Program
• Family Nights (Family dinners, movie nights, football games)
• Guest Speakers
• End of Summer Celebration
• Leadership Development Programs (future programming)
• Youth Drop-In Center (future programming)
• Career Readiness

Volunteers and donations are always welcomed!

If your church or community group would like more information on volunteering their time at Bethesda Trinity Center or you need more information about our programs, please contact Amy Helmer at (814) 453-2468 or via email at