VYH News

Backpack Challenge 2020

The Backpack Challenge is an annual community effort led by Valley Youth House in partnership with the Department of Human Services.  This campaign collects school supplies and backpacks for youth in foster care. In addition, the campaign ensures that every young person who is a member of the Achieving Independence Center and enrolled in college […]

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COVID-19 Resources & Ways to Support

Valley Youth House opened our doors to young people in crisis 47 years ago.  As we face the current challenges brought on by COVID-19, our commitment to young people and their families is unwavering.  Valley Youth House is resilient – from the youth and families that walk through our doors, to the staff members who work tirelessly […]

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Winds of Change: a response project to current events

Valley Youth House’s Art@LV program, along with VYH Wellness and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) committees present Winds of Change: a response project to current events to promote community and peace by flooding our communities with pinwheels.  Our hope is that this project promotes conversation within our communities. All are invited to participate in this initiative.  Written […]

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VYH Launches the First LGBTQ+ focused Host Homes program in PA

#PrideMonth Announcement: VYH Launches the First LGBTQ+ focused Host Homes program in Pennsylvania! Since 2009, Valley Youth House has provided LGBTQ+ young people with the support they need to overcome barriers and achieve housing stability. In collaboration with the Homeward Initiative, Point Source Youth, and the Pride Task Force, Host Homes are a community-based response […]

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VYH Observes Juneteenth 2020

In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, Valley Youth House has declared June 19, 2020 to be a day off with pay for Valley Youth House employees in celebration and recognition of Juneteenth. “We recognize that the racial trauma that our country is experiencing now is not new, but throughout recent weeks there has […]

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VYH Announces Partnership with PBS39 to Broadcast Virtual Camp Fowler Programming

The health and well-being of the youth and families served by Valley Youth House, as well as our staff and community, is of paramount concern. Due to the circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Valley Youth House has made the difficult decision to not hold in-person programming at Camp Fowler this summer. Although camp will not be held as […]

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Phase One of New Cabin Construction Completed at Camp Fowler

With the help of Kay Builders, Inc., Majestic Realty Co., Commerce Construction, Brooks Development Group and many more construction companies, Valley Youth House has embarked on a $1.8 million project to rebuild Camp Fowler’s seven cabins that house the youth and staff attending overnight camps.  The current cabins are 80-years-old and despite best efforts, these […]

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Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

From the Desk of Thomas R. Harrington, President & CEO, Valley Youth House:   At Valley Youth House, we are concerned, saddened and angered by the racial violence taking place across the United States. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are just a few of many race-based injustices that have happened […]

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Pride Host Homes Program – Philadelphia

What is HOST HOMES? Host Homes provide an LGBTQ young person ages 18-25 who is experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia with a safe, welcoming, and affirming private and dedicated space for 1-6 months. 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+ 55% become homeless due to family rejection 80% report being harassed due to their identity Since […]

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