Mission

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

Our Origin Story

We began in 1973 as a single shelter in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Valley Youth House was open day and night, ensuring that 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 house in the Valley to over 100 residential sites throughout Pennsylvania. Though our reach and programming has vastly expanded, our mission remains the same. We educate, empower and strengthen the lives of children, youth and families, and build skills that foster growth and independence.

For over forty years, we have been proud to be there for two generations. We stand ready to be there for the next generation as well. Our doors remain open – we just have more of them now.

Four 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 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and ally) youth and those who have struggled to find success with other organizations and/or programs. 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 Pennsylvania’s 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, no matter what. 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 collaboratively builds a foundation for success with each young person. We do not merely offer a handout; we extend partnership. Our trusted staff is committed to partnering with youth, families and communities to help build healthy futures.