History of UMYH

 

Since 1979, the United Methodist Youth Home has been here to serve vulnerable young men and women from all over the state. At UMYH, we provide a variety of programming centered on helping at-risk youth become responsible and productive members of the community. The young people we serve have faced incredibly difficult obstacles and struggle to develop healthy coping skills. They are in need of a delicate balance of care and discipline. The treatment we provide is designed to achieve this, while empowering the youth in overcoming the serious traumas they have faced and teaching the abilities needed to live independently.

The children we work with are referred into our care by the Indiana Department of Child Services or the Juvenile Probation Department. They have all been victims of many types of abuse and neglect which has impaired their ability to grow into a well-balanced and capable adult. That being said, a short period of time spent with them will yield one result above all else: They are full of potential. It is our goal that through our treatment, that potential is ignited.

We are not just giving these kids a bed on which to sleep. We facilitate individual, family, and group therapy sessions, as well as lead consistent independent living workshops. We do our best to fill in some of the structural gaps that may have been missed in their growing up in such dangerous environments. Through the programs on our campus, these young people have a chance to achieve a high-school equivalency diploma, to work and save money, to become drug-free and responsible, and to eventually go to college.

We have seen success on many levels at UMYH. 46 young men and women have already received their TASC certificate (formerly known as the GED). Many of those have gone on to college and entered the workforce successfully.