Residential and Independent Living

Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelters

Operating since 1973, the Valley Youth House - Lehigh Valley is a twelve-bed facility for runaway, throwaway, homeless, troubled, abused, and neglected boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17. Youth may enter the Shelter and receive counseling and other Shelter services at any time during the day or night. While protecting children from the dangers of the street, counselors attempt to resolve the crisis that precipitated the runaway incident and obtain long term living situations for youth. 

Valley Youth House- Lehigh Valley Shelter
539 Eighth Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Lorrie Reddy, Director

Tour the Lehigh Valley Shelter.

Valley Youth House Shelter - Bucks County was opened in Warminster, Bucks County in March of 2002 to serve Bucks County youth, aged 6-18, referred through Bucks County Children and Youth Services. The Shelter also serves runaway and homeless youth ages 12-17. The 12-bed shelter provides the unique capacity to serve child and adolescent sibling groups while working toward family reunification or longer term residential care. Youth travel to their home schools or attend an in house educational program.

The Bucks County Shelter
800 North York Road, Building 22
Warminster, PA 18974
Lorrie Reddy, Director

The Bucks County Street Outreach Program serves runaway, homeless and street youth between ages 12 and 21. The Street Outreach Team travels throughout the county connecting youth with the help they need. Youth receive access to emergency shelter, survival aid, counseling, referrals for specialized services, crisis intervention, and education and employment assistance.

The Bucks County Street Outreach
800 North York Road, Building 22
Warminster, PA  18974
Robert Wood, Coordinator

Independent Living Programs
The Independent Living Programs, one of the first in the state, consists of the Adolescents Achieving Independence (AAI), the Realistic Environment for Adolescent Living Program (REAL), and three Supportive Housing Programs, one in the Lehigh Valley, one in Philadelphia, and one in Montgomery County. We also manage the Achieving Independence Center (AIC) in Philadelphia.  Staff in all three programs provide assistance to adolescents ages 16 to 20 in the areas of education, employment, residential planning and attainment, life skills, and interpersonal skills.  Take a tour.

Chester County office
999 West Chester Pike, Suite 201
West Chester, PA  19382
Rachel Snow, Program Coordinator
P:  484-999-8214
F:  484-999-8225

Delaware County office
215 North Olive Street, Suite 203
Media, PA  19063
Rebekah Heinberger, Supervisor
P:  484-442-8462
F:  484-443-8247

Lancaster County office
131 Centerville Road, Suite A3
Lancaster, PA  17603
Dawn Gatling, Supervisor
P:  717-945-6273
F:  717-945-6689

Lehigh Valley Independent Living Program office
511 East Third Street, Suite 28
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Lisa Weingartner, Director
P: 610-317-0721

Luzerne REAL office
67 Public Square, Suite 520
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701
Nichole Laiuvara
P: 570-704-0626.

Montgomery County office
2500 DeKalb Street, Suite 202
Norristown, PA 19401
Ashley Selmasska, MS, Supervisor
P: 610-272-2946

Philadelphia Achieving Independent Center
1415 North Broad Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA  19122
Allison Moore, Regional Director
P: 215-574-9194

Philadelphia Supportive Housing Office
1500 Sansom Street, Suite 300A
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Richard Warner, Supervisor
P: 215-925-3180

PRIDE Program
1500 Sansom Street, Suite 300A
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Sarah Morrison, Associate Director
P: 215-925-3180 x307

York County office
131 Centerville Road, Suite A3
Lancaster, PA  17603
Michael Ortiz, MSW, Supervisor
P:  717-945-6273
F:  717-945-6689


Pre-Adolescent Treatment Home Service (PATHS)

PATHS is a community-based residential program for boys between the ages of 7-12 who have been taken out of the home because of sexually reactive behaviors. The program provides treatment that focuses on changing behaviors and developing healthier coping mechanisms to ensure a safe return to a family setting.

PATHS program
Lorrie Reddy, Director
1185 Mosser Road
Breinigsville, PA 18031
P: 610-706-0799


Great Beginnings

Great Beginning is a community-based residential program that helps teen moms learn to be good moms, and obtain the education and employment and life skills they need to be able to support themselves and their child.  Their children receive the health care, early childhood stimulation and other resources to get a great beginning in life.

Great Beginnings program
Lisa Weingartner
, Director
747 East Tilghman Street
Allentown, PA  18109
P: 610-317-0721