The mission of St. PJ’s Children’s Home is to be a safe and loving refuge for children in crisis and to accompany them on their journey to healing and wholeness, breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect one child at a time.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord.” -Psalm 127:3
St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home, affectionately referred to as St. PJ’s, was founded in 1891 as an orphanage by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Today, St. PJ’s is an emergency shelter for children in crisis. We strive to provide a safe and loving home to children facing challenges as a result of neglect and abuse.
With over 125 years of caring for children, St. PJ’s has a unique understanding of providing a safe, nurturing environment for children in crisis and the value of keeping families of children together following trauma. Children are immediately welcomed by a team of professionals to guide them from crisis to thriving. A case manager assesses needs and refers services to address various challenges. In the meantime, they receive immediate care from health and counseling to education while stabilizing the child with safety and security.
Services We Offer:
• Domestic Shelter is a short-term emergency shelter for children, from 0-17 years old, who have experienced abuse and neglect.
• International Program is a short-term emergency shelter for unaccompanied international children from ages 16-17 years old.
• Counseling provides mental health assessments and counseling for children, families, and caregivers specializing in trauma and play therapy. Outpatient services available.
• Mental Health Task Force provides education for mental health professionals on mental diagnoses and treatment, foster well-rounded understanding of the impact of trauma on a child.
• Family First Parenting Program provides community counseling, education, resource referrals, and material assistance to support former residents and individuals ages 0-24 months old. (Eligibility: women and men who are expecting a child, parent a child 36 months old or younger, are adopting parents within 24 months of placement of a child, and/or are a US Citizen or a qualified alien.)
10 Things to Know about St. PJ’s Children’s Home:
• St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home, affectionately referred to as St. PJ’s, has over a 125-year history of caring for children.
• The moment a child walks through our door, we engage in breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect.
• St. PJ’s is a short-term emergency shelter for children in crisis.
• Our children receive comprehensive, interactive, and accredited education.
• Following counseling and care, most of our children are reunited with a trusted family member or friend with the promise of a stable home.
• Our children receive holistic case management including safe shelter, basic needs, counseling, education, and life skills training.
• Our children enjoy social activities like attending the movies, museums, parks, and more to encourage social skills.
• Camp Resilience, a summer camp specially created for our children, provides good health and mental wellness activities and experiences.
• St. PJ’s Children’s Home provides community counseling for children ages three and up and for adults seeking healing.
• St. PJ’s staff host seminars for mental health professionals to promote the most current strategies for treating trauma.