Healing Lives and Restoring Hope
Extensive services and programs for families and children. This includes comprehensive outpatient and community-based mental health programs, a special education school, high-end psychiatric residential treatment for youth, and training services in trauma treatment.
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Background: Art by a St. Mary’s child
Our program consists of five residences for children. Having adopted the Building Bridges Initiative framework, our services are trauma-informed, family driven, and youth guided.
The Outpatient Department, known as The Shepherd Program, provides a variety of programs to support children, adults, and families impacted by sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and other trauma, such as family violence and physical abuse.
George N. Hunt Campus School
We provide highly structured, individualized instruction and therapeutic services to students with learning, social, emotional, and behavioral disorders in our George N. Hunt Campus School.
The Shepherd Program offers a number of training types for clinicians and organizations looking to learn more about working with trauma, residential follow-up, and more.
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The Outpatient Department, known as The Shepherd Program, at St. Mary’s Home for Children was established in 1985 to provide outpatient treatment and support to survivors of sexual abuse and their families. Since then, the Outpatient Department has expanded its...
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Years of Service
“I have never worked with an agency that cared as much as your staff. Thank you all very much for your help during these difficult times.” ~ Client
“As a mom, I have to say that the EOS Program is amazing. All my needs were met; the staff is amazing. My child’s clinician was excellent. I couldn’t ask for any better support. Melissa and Julie are the best! I thank God for this program, they have helped my child and myself come a long way.” ~ Parent
“Brandi and Melissa (FISA Group Co-Leaders) were amazing and very knowledgeable! I was very nervous but they made this informative and supportive! Excellent!” ~ FISA Group Member
"The teamwork and support was well coordinated for my child." ~ Parent of School Student
“The Shepherd Program is the perfect combination of empathy, strength, support and professionalism.” ~ Clinician
“We had good communication and support from clinicians and teachers.” ~ Parent of School Student
“I have learned so many things about myself with the help of my Clinician. Because of my Clinician and The Shepherd Program, I can actually live to see my 17th birthday! Years ago, I didn’t think that was possible. I am happy to have learned to accept who I am and to love myself. Also, I have built a better relationship with my mom. The Shepherd program also helped my mom with her depression which I am thankful for. Thank you!” ~ Client
“The Team of talented and caring professionals is why I choose to work at St. Mary’s. They have become family and friends and make it possible to do this challenging work.” ~ Clinician
“Angelica is great. She is helpful, informative and understanding. All the providers were accommodating to my special needs and addressed crisis situations immediately. Very dependable.” ~ Parent
“St. Mary’s helped to stabilize our home.” ~ Parent of School Student
“My son started at Shepherd after witnessing domestic violence and he was also abused. Through his Home Based Clinician, he learned how to respect his mom, help around the house and is working on his relationship with his sister. He is better able to recognize his feelings and can actually control them. He comes to me when he needs help. They created a tool box to help him cope. He has changed greatly over the past two years and without this program I wouldn’t know what to do. His only male influence has been his abuser. He loves his therapist; he treats her like family which I guess she is.” ~ Parent
“I love the fact that the environment here, even when we are dealing with some pretty intense, difficult situations, is always positive, empathetic and encouraging! And everyone here has a sense of humor, which is a great bonus!!!” ~ Care Coordinator
“The Shepherd Program has helped our family by showing us ways to communicate with each other and helped us to understand what each other is going though. It showed us ways to bond with one another. It taught my son and daughter about Good, Bad and Secret touch and about good and bad decisions, ways to deal with everyday issues and non-everyday issues. It’s helped us become a better family all together. We are a closer family…” ~ Parent