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Children’S Service Center

Rep. Lou Barletta

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Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the Children's Service Center, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary on April 11, 2012. The Children's Service Center has been serving families of the Wyoming Valley in Northeastern Pennsylvania since it was incorporated on April 11, 1862, to create a sanctuary in order to provide shelter, food, and instruction to a number of underprivileged children in the Wyoming Valley.

The Children's Service Center was originally called The Home for Friendless Children. As its programs grew and developed, it became a nationally renowned shelter and educational center for infants and children. By 1929, the Home for Friendless Children had become the Children's Home. As time went on, it appeared the children needed more than a shelter--they needed a home. Two cottages were built, the Martha Bennet Home and the Children's Home, and they became the first two open psychiatric residential settings for children in North America. During this time, the Martha Bennet Estate and Children's Home Foundation requested that a newly formed organization called the Children's Service Center become established in order to manage the residential program. The creation of the Children's Service Center occurred in

As a mental health care system, the Children's Service Center is deeply committed to the wellness of young people in our community. Their services are designed to meet the individual needs of children, adolescents, and their families. Children's Service Center assessment, crisis, and referral services are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help these children lead a better lifestyle.

Mr. Speaker, today, Children's Service Center stands as ray of hope for young people in the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. I commend this agency for its 150 years of dedicated service to our children, to community, and to country.