The mission of Hoffman Homes for Youth
is to be committed to promoting personal growth and achievement of those
we serve through continuous quality improvement, education, staff
development, and the use of evidence-based practices.
Also Known As
Hoffman Homes for Youth
815 Orphanage Rd
Littlestown, PA 17340
Children's and Youth Services (P30)
Mental Health Treatment (F30)
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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.
How does this organization make a difference?
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Over the past year we hired a consultant to help us develop a Strategic Plan with the input of the administration, board of directors, employees, parents/guardians, referring agencies, and other stakeholders. The plan includes a new vision, mission statement, core values and guiding principles. This Strategic Plan, in addition to the implementation of the Sanctuary Model (an organizational and treatment intervention based on the tenets of trauma theory and an understanding of systems theory) will lead us forward over the next few years.
We are proud of the fact that 85% of the children we serve successfullycomplete their treatment goals while in our care; but our children also learn from helping others, not just from being helped. Recently they earned recognition as “Youth of the Year” from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for their work with the Central PA Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program for Children
Hoffman Homes for Youth (HHY) is a private,
not-for-profit Pennsylvania Corporation related to the United Church of Christ,
and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations (JCAHO). The purpose of HHY is to provide comprehensive
psychiatric care, treatment, and education to emotionally and behaviorally
troubled children and their families. Hoffman is committed to providing services that are cost effective and
responsive to the unique needs of each child, always in close cooperation with
the parents/guardians, referring agencies, case management organizations,
school systems, and funding sources.
The mission of Hoffman Homes for Youth is to be
committed to promoting personal growth and achievement of those we serve through
continuous quality improvement, education, staff development, and the use of
HHY treats the needs of boys and girls ages 6 to
18 without regard to race, creed, or national origin, who have a major mental
health diagnosis. The residential
treatment program is licensed to provide behavioral and cognitive therapy,
physical health care services, and a safe and comfortable home for up to 141
children on our campus.
Children admitted to HHY have significant trauma
experiences that include neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
Children are referred to HHY by psychiatric hospitals, public agencies, case
management organizations, local educational agencies, and private
practitioners. Our comprehensive
clinical treatment program often serves the transitional needs of children
between hospital and community based treatment. The primary expectation of all
children admitted is that they are committed to gaining the abilities and
skills necessary for a successful return to community-based living
The children placed at HHY are
considered very “high risk”:
have a history of significant aggression
have been patients in a psychiatric hospital at least once
have runaway from home
have been physically abused
have attempted suicide at least once
have been sexually abused
have a history of truancy
have a history of drug abuse
have a history of alcohol abuse
have a history of fire setting
are documented sexual perpetrators
Children admitted to HHY must be able to benefit from
the wide range of therapeutic activities provided, such as talk therapy,
recreation therapy, art therapy, horticulture therapy, pet therapy, and
therapeutic horsemanshithey are provided with
educational services. Since the
early 1970’s, HHY has partnered with the Gettysburg Area School District (GASD)
and the Lincoln Intermediate Unit (LIU) to provide special education services
to the children placed in the Residential Treatment Facility at HHY.
HHY is licensed by the Office of
Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) and approved by the Office of Mental
Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMSAS) of the Pennsylvania Department of
Public Welfare (DPW) and by the Department of Health.
Professional affiliations and
relationships include the Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University
College of Medicine, as well as Shippensburg University, York College of
Pennsylvania, Wilson College, Harrisburg Area Community College, and McDaniel
College. Employees represent HH as members of the following:
Community Providers Association (PCPA)
PCPA HIPAA Task
Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM)
Chamber of Commerce
County Chamber of Commerce
Joseph K. Mullen
Pennsylvania Employment Consortium (CPEC)
Assurance Committee, Board of Directors of CCBH
Council of Community Services
Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP)
Behavioral Health Quality Assurance Committee
Advisor Council at Shippensburg University
Tech Prep Consortium
Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
We are very proud of our success rate! In 2011,
83% of the children discharged met their treatment goals while at Hoffman Homes
for Youth and successfully returned to the community.
Creative therapies at Hoffman Homes for Youth offer alternative methods of building healthy emotional connections. Art therapy, horticulture therapy, pet therapy, recreation therapy, and therapeutic horsemanship are five creative therapies that were funded through the Rainbow of Hope Capital Campaign. Traditional “talk” therapy, while vital, is not sufficient to reach the emotionally withdrawn and vulnerable children admitted to our program.
The goal of art therapy is to provide clients knowledge about art in a non-threatening environment. Using individual creativity, clients will learn responsibility and enhance empathic skills while expressing themselves artistically. In doing this, they will enhance self-esteem, manage stress and promote overall well-being.
One of the most popular projects is taking photographs. Many of the clients enjoy taking photographs of themselves on the computer. Also, nature photos taken outside help them to experience using a digital camera and to appreciate the surrounding areas. Once they have downloaded the photos to the computers, the clients are able to make a slideshow that combines their photos together with music. This provides an accomplishment for them as well as something they can be proud of and share with others.Another favorite activity is pottery. Hand building allows the clients to manage their projects and utilize their own creativity. They especially enjoy making bowls and mugs, or other items that are useful in every day life.
The horticultural therapy program is included as a part of the recreation therapy program. The goal of horticultural therapy groups is to use gardening and nature related activities as a way to work on treatment goals related to self-esteem, personal responsibility, personal achievement, motivation, socialization, self-expression, relaxation, and sensory stimulation. Horticultural therapy provides emotional, social, intellectual and physical benefits to clients. Horticultural therapy activities at Hoffman Homes include but are not limited to planting, plant care, harvesting, cooking, nature walks and creating nature related crafts.
Hoffman Homes offers two groups within the Therapeutic Horsemanship Program in order to best meet the needs and interests of the children in care.Children participating in horse management groups have the opportunity to learn how to appropriately care for and safely handle the horses in a non-threatening environment. Children are taught about the basic needs of the horse such as healthcare, dietary needs, and first aid. The children also assist in barn chores like sweeping and cleaning stalls to ensure that the horses and the children have a clean and safe space to enjoy. Working with the horses, children learn responsibility and social skills while enhancing empathetic skills.Children participating in therapeutic horsemanship groups learn to work safely and appropriately with their peers and the horses while developing their horsemanship and riding skills. Sessions begin with group activities such as grooming, leading, and groundwork games to allow the children to become familiar with the horses. Children transition into mounted activities when they are able to display safe handling techniques from the ground.Therapeutic horsemanship offers a variety of physical and emotional benefits. Children with depression benefit from being outdoors and engaging in the physical activity of haltering, leading, and grooming the horse even before they begin to ride. Children can gain self-confidence and assertiveness in getting such a large animal to follow their directions. Abusive and domineering children learn gentleness in dealing with a horse. The horse is too large to be forced and does not respond to bullying. The repetitive movement of a horse at a walk can help to relax a child, while the quick movement of a trotting horse can energize a child with a dulled affect. The physical benefits include improved balance, coordination, and muscle tone, all of which can affect self-perception. Employing the human-animal bond in the therapeutic process is one small step in developing simple, humane, as well as environmentally and scientifically sound approaches to achieving mental health.
The Pet Therapy Program at Hoffman Homes gives youth the opportunity to learn about and interact with a variety of therapy animals. Each session begins with a therapeutic activity to help facilitate discussion. The session moves on to caring for the animals such as feeding and cleaning cages. The session always ends in "free time" with an animal of the child's choosing. It is during this time the youth bonds with the animals. Many times, youth feel relaxed and comfortable enough to share more about their history, behavior, and treatment goals.Pet therapy engages all the senses and is "hands-on." Animals and their behavior are used as metaphors for the child's life situations. It addresses flight, fight, and freeze response and herd instinct. It addresses how humans and animals are alike and different in their response to danger and safety. The child is asked to create a safe environment for themselves and the animals. Pet therapy addresses "my needs versus the needs of others" and how to read body language and assess the environment. It addresses animal abuse and encourages social interaction and problem solving.Children appear naturally receptive toward animals. Working with the animals helps these children build confidence and to redefine themselves as caring individuals. Very often, children are able to express themselves more freely and feel more relaxed with an animal than they do with human beings.The goals of pet therapy are to help the child develop respect toward other living things, to learn how to maintain safe and appropriate behavior around animals, to develop calming, coping, and relaxation skills, to enhance communication and social skills, to develop pride in doing good work and caring for others, to encourage cooperation with peers within the group, to develop observational and empathic skills, to experience and provide appropriate touch, to develop a healthy bond with another living thing, and most importantly, to develop a sense of self-worth.The goal of recreation therapy groups is to use treatment and recreation services to help clients to develop and use leisure in ways that can enhance their health, functional abilities, independence, and quality of life. These groups can be used to assist clients in enhancing their self-esteem, increasing their communication skills, and to heighten their sense of self-awareness. Additionally, clients will learn how to utilize recreation to help manage their anger as well as to learn teamwork and cooperative skills. Recreation therapy activities at Hoffman Homes include but are not limited to a variety of sports, board games, card games, physical exercise, and fishing. The Recreation Therapy Coordinator also plans for special events that are campus wide such as talent shows, dances, game nights, performing arts and various assemblies.
Projects for 2012-2013 Fiscal Year Barn Restoration $27,000 Computers $14,000 Gutter/Soffett Replacement on 3 Residences $29,642 Campus Security Implementation $150,000 Residence Furniture $12,100 Residence Appliances $5,000 Electronic Health Records $50,000 Fire Alarm System Upgrade $4,529 Musselman Residence Roof Replacement $32,000 Musselman Residence Window Replacement $26,786.90 Box Springs & Mattresses $7,000 Campus Safety Improvements $10,500 Gerber Residence Boiler $23,000 Chapel Generator $9,500
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C. Mitchell Snider
C. Mitchell “Mitch” Snider has been CEO/President of HoffmanHomes since July 1, 2010. Prior to being named CEO, Mitch held various positions at Hoffman Homes since his employment in 1978. Starting as a live-in houseparent, Mitch was promoted within the organization to Case Manager, Assistant Director of Residential Services, Director of Finance and Associate Director before being named CEO. He holds a Bachelors degree in Education and a Masters in Business Administration. Mitch is also a graduate of the Faith Based Leadership Institute, a collaborative effort of religiously affiliated health and human service provider associations. He has served as a volunteer on the Board of Directors of Adams County Headstart and the Hanover Country Club.
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