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Description of Agency
A sponsored mission of the Congregation of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Joseph’s Center strives to be a sign of hope to individuals and families who have special needs. Beginning as an orphanage back in 1888, St. Joseph’s has evolved, in response to changing needs, into a multifaceted service provider. Today, individuals diagnosed with Intellectual Disability or a developmental delay, pregnant women, young families, couples hoping to adopt, and people who require outpatient therapy can find help at St. Joseph’s Center.
All St. Joseph’s services are rooted in its core values of care, concern, compassion and commitment.St. Joseph’s Center is an independent Catholic agency sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, rooted in the values of care, concern, compassion and commitment. The Center strives to provide individuals and families who have special needs the opportunity to develop their abilities and potential to the fullest extent possible. We do this through residential, community and home-based services, outpatient therapy, maternity, family and adoption services.
In 1888, the prevailing social attitude was that the young, old, poor or abandoned were themselves, the cause of their plight and therefore responsible for freeing themselves from their circumstances. This was the backdrop against which a small group of women, including one Sister, came together to discuss the problem of deserted orphans in the city of Scranton. They immediately organized and adopted the name, St. Joseph’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Aged Persons. By 1890 it became a sponsored mission of the Congregation of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with the Society promising financial support. St. Joseph’s soon expanded its services to offer shelter to unmarried women who were experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Soon the name was changed to St. Joseph’s Children's and Maternity Hospital. Several years later the facility also became a licensed child placement agency. In the early 1950s St. Joseph’s accepted as residents, children diagnosed with Intellectual Disability.In the mid 1970s St. Joseph’s opened its first group home, officially called Community Living Arrangement (CLA).
Colleges, Universities, Local, State & National Organizations
Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation Institute Certification Certification Board for Music Therapists Human Resources Certification Institute National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification Pennsyl
Church/Faith Based Organization
Individuals diagnosed with Intellectual Disability or a developmental delay, pregnant women, young families, couples hoping to adopt, and people who require outpatient therapy