Valley Youth House Receives $75,000 Grant from the Air Products Foundation

Valley Youth House has received a grant of $75,000 from the Air Products Foundation. This generous donation will fund the Air Products Sensory Room at Valley Youth House’s Camp Fowler, as well as support the Setting the Stage for the Future of Valley Youth House campaign.

The Air Products Sensory Room is a peaceful space featuring bright, open windows that allow for  natural light and provides stress-reducing benefits while overlooking a calming, natural treeline bordering the Jordan Creek.  In the Air Products Sensory Room, campers receive counseling from masters-level therapists at Camp Fowler. Due to the unique circumstances and histories of youth served by Camp Fowler, staff provide trauma-informed care, which recognizes the powerful, long-lasting and widespread impact that trauma can have on the lives of youth. Staff are knowledgeable about research regarding the neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects that traumatic histories have on youth behavior, and are able to recognize trauma symptoms. Staff provide a safe environment to avoid events and circumstances that cause re-traumatization. 

Setting the Stage is one of Valley Youth House’s premiere special events in the Lehigh Valley. Since 2016, this event has raised over $1,322,000 to support the life-changing programs and services that are provided to youth and families served by Valley Youth House. Every year, thousands of young people receive counseling, emergency housing support, life skills training and family therapy to help them either reunite with their families or successfully transition to independent living. The funds from this campaign will benefit Valley Youth House’s critical programs and services.

At Valley Youth House, we believe diversity and inclusion are key in achieving our mission. We celebrate the diversity of culture, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, and economic statuses of our team members, our clients, and our partners. We believe diversity and inclusion leads to higher satisfaction and empowerment, brings new ideas that promote creativity and growth, and ensures an environment where everyone’s unique skills and perspectives are valued. 

“We’re proud to partner with Air Products on this important contribution that helps young people to lift themselves out of the worst of situations, and heal and grow through positive youth development,” said Christina J. Schoemaker, Senior Vice President of Development, Grants and Marketing at Valley Youth House.

Thank you to Air Products for their continued support in helping our mission of being a catalyst for youth to achieve their desired future through genuine relationships that support families, ensure safe places, and build community connections!