|The Mel Blount Youth Home of Pennsylvania
is a multi-service treatment program for young males who are victims of child abuse and neglect. The Mel Blount Youth Home is situated on 300 acres of land located in Washington County. The Youth Home is surrounded by beautiful woods and fields, an outdoor equestrian center, walking trails, basketball court and fishing ponds. Our inter-disciplinary treatment program takes full advantage of community based agencies that provide children with an array of opportunities to experience success. Individual therapeutic techniques are used with the pre-adolescent such as play therapy activities, music therapy, reality therapy and anger management. All regular and special needs residents attend one of the McGuffey School District's elementary, middle of high schools, unless specified by their Individual Education Plan (IEP).
The Youth Home provides 16 beds that are used for short-term emergency shelter. Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day for young males 7 to 17 years of age.
The Mel Blount Youth Home also provides 8 beds that are used for long-term residential placement for males 15 to 17 years of age. These young men participate in the Independent Living Program that provides them with skills that will help them live on their own, should there not be a suitable home for their return.
During the first 30 days at the Youth Home, children are involved in an enrollment process that identifies their treatment needs. An Individual Treatment Plan is then developed, which establishes specific goals with objectives and intervention for meeting those goals. Pending the child's Individual Treatment Plan, each plan will be reviewed weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. In addition, parents are encouraged to participate in the development of their child's plan. We also encourage family members to visit their child while they are in our care.
We at the Mel Blount Youth Home wish to extend our gratitude to everyone who continues to support us throughout the year. Each donation enables us to provide the special care and attention these young men so desperately need.
There are many ways in which individuals or companies are able to assist us in our mission, in addition to financial support. We welcome indiviudals who could utilize talents, resources and time in their areas of expertise (i.e. computer programming, wood working, managing finances, farming, gardening and educational programs). Another way would be to contribute basic items throughout the year such as:
- Twin sized sheets
- Bath Towels
- Wash Cloths
- Book Bags
- Alarm Clocks
- Educational Aides
- School Supplies
- Board Games
- Tennis Shoes
- Sweat Pants
"... the vision I have here is kids enjoying their childhood and learning about Christ, becoming educated and really building a foundation to become great leaders for tomorrow."