Who We Are

Origin Story

We began in 1973 as a single shelter in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, Valley Youth House (VYH) was open day and night; ensuring the vulnerable, abused, and homeless young people in the community had access to shelter and counseling.  Even then we represented more than just a roof and beds.  We were an organization committed to building a solid foundation for every individual who came through our doors.

That same dedication still drives us today, as we have grown from that first shelter in the valley to over 100 residential facilities.Though our reach and programming have vastly expanded to include skills training, health, prevention, and intervention services, our mission remains the same.

For the past 40 years, we have been proud to be there for our community.  We stand ready to be there for future generations as well.  Our doors remain open - we just have more of them now.

 

Mission

Valley Youth House empowers and strengthen the lives of children, youth, and families through inclusive programming that builds resilience and fosters growth and independence.

 

Valley Youth House Pillars

Inclusive
Valley Youth House helps all youth and their families, including the most vulnerable who have been abused, have run away, or are homeless.  This includes LGBTQIA youth and those whom have struggled to find success with other organizations and/orprograms.  VYH is there for all youth and families, including those with nowhere else to turn.

Responsive
Valley Youth House and our team members craft responsive, customized programs to meet the needs of youth, families, and communities.  VYH's effective programming serves as a strong foundation for youth and their families.

Resilient
Valley Youth House is resilient.  From the youth and families that walk through its doors to the staff members and volunteers who work tirelessly to support them, we do not turn our back on youth. If an initial intervention is unsuccessful or if a young person is hard to reach.  Rather, we welcome the challenge and keep working.  At VYH, we don't turn our backs at the first sign of adversity.

Collaborative
Valley Youth House collaborates with each young person to build a foundation for success.  VYH does not merely offer a handout; we extend a partnership.  VYH's trusted staff is committed to partnering with youth, families and communities to help build healthy futures.