Treatment at The Center encompasses the whole child – mind, body and soul. Our faith component allows all children, regardless of religious denomination, the chance to explore their spirituality. Our full-time spiritual care director, Sister Emily, taught for 20 years and is a valuable resource for our residents and other staff members. We also partner with Father Joseph Metzger, a local priest from a nearby parish, who officiates monthly prayer services, voluntarily attended by residents, in addition to dining with the children and meeting with them upon special request. In addition, we welcome leaders from all religions, to visit our Center and talk with residents.
Our campus chapel, built in 1954, is a haven for spirituality. Residents and staff who seek answers to the larger questions in life often find comfort within its walls. Our choir, Voices of PRIDE, performs at the chapel, and all are invited to attend the Sunday evening prayer service. Residents also have the chance to learn about religious traditions, such as sampling traditional foods served during Passover.
Religious services are always optional. Regardless of a child’s faith, we believe in sharing the Judeo-Christian values of forgiveness, gratitude and compassion. We seek to give all children a sense of hope for the future and to show them that they are valuable, that their lives have purpose, and that they are loved.