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.  The Shelter is located at 539 Eighth Avenue, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18018. Contact Director Lorrie Reddy at 610-691-1200.   Take a tour of the facility.

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 Shelter is located at 800 N. York Road, Bldg. 22, Warminster, Pennsylvania, 18974. Contact Director Lorrie Reddy at 215-442-9760.

A Street Outreach Program was initiated in 1999 as a branch of the Lehigh Valley Shelter services. In a fully equipped van, two full-time and two part-time staff travel a daily route to sites in the community where youth living on the streets or in inappropriate settings can be reached. Services include counseling, referrals (including Shelter services) drop in sites, first aid, clothing, and meals as needed. The Street Outreach Program office is located at 539 Eighth Avenue in Bethlehem. Contact Director Lorrie Reddy at 610-691-1200.

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.

The Independent Living Program office is located at 511 E. 3rd Street, Suite 28, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Contact Program Director William Motsavage at 610-317-0721.

Philadelphia Independent Living Programs office is located at 1118 Market Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Contact Southeast Independent Living Regional Director, Allison Moore at 215-574-9194.  Residential office is located at 42 South 15th Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA  19102.

The Montgomery County office is located at 2500 DeKalb St., Suite 202, Norristown, PA 19401. Contact program supervisor Becky Birenbaum at 610-272-2946.

The Luzerne REAL office is located at P.O. Box 1072, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702.  Contact Nichole Lauivara at 570-704-1440.

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. The PATHS program is located at 1185 Mosser Road, Breinigsville, PA. Contact PATHS Director Lorrie Reddy at 610-706-0799.