Bethesda Children’s Home currently owns and operates two residential 8 bed Group Homes. Morris Road Group Home is a boy’s facility located in a rural setting adjacent to the Bethesda Main Campus, north of the City of Meadville. Walnut Corners Group Home for girls is located in a residential neighborhood in the City of Meadville and is a short 5 minute drive from Bethesda’s Main Campus.
Bethesda Group Homes offer Community Based Programs and provide individual services plans for adolescents that focus on either family reunification or independent living. The Group Home Programs at Bethesda Children’s Home emphasizes education, vocational training, life skills training while providing emotional and behavioral support.
Clients receive life skills training such as budgeting and managing money, obtaining and managing jobs (if of age), and other daily living skills. Residents at Bethesda Group Homes take part in house cleaning, laundry and cooking, all as a model for practical living experience.
The ultimate goal of the Group Home Program is to assist the adolescent in transitioning toward independent living or to return to their home community able to manage their issues in a responsible manner. The adolescent receives various clinical services while at Bethesda Children’s Home. Along with teaching independent living skills, the client’s primary counselor incorporates individual needs and skill level in a treatment plan. The client and her counselor work together in establishing treatment goals, developing relationships within the client’s family and community, identifying problem behaviors, and developing coping strategies; as well as daily therapeutic groups such as: Street Smart Sex Ed, Drumming, Art, Character Educatjion, and NYPUM.
The clients will also participate in indvidual therapy with a master’s level clinican on a weekly basis. Famly Therapy is provided if applicable. Other community services such as Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Woman’s Services, and Family Planning or Parenting Classes can be utilized with the permission of the referring agency.
If clients are able to function in a traditional or Saegertown High School classroom setting, they may attend public school at Meadville Area Junior/Senior High School. Group Home clients enjoy the same opportunities as other students to grow academically and socially. Alternative education is available through various programs within the Crawford Central PennCrest School District and on the grounds at Bethesda Children’s Home. Opportunities also exist for training at the Crawford County Vocational Technical School.