St. Joseph's House for Homeless Industrious Boys and St. Francis de Sales Industrial School were established in the late 1800's to care for orphaned and abandoned boys. These separate institutions merged in 2002 to become St. Francis-St. Joseph Homes for Children, which now operates five cottages on its main campus in Bensalem, Bucks County, and an additional 10 group homes that together provide services to 145 dependent, neglected, or emotionally troubled boys between the ages of 10 and 21 years.
St. Francis-St. Joseph offers an individualized program that promotes the personal development of each client as well as maintaining and strengthening family relationships. Comprehensive case management and therapy assist clients with various behavioral health issues. Caring staff provide residential supervision, recreational activities, spiritual and moral guidance, and career advisement, as well as on-campus education for 60 youth at St. Katharine Drexel School. Young men ages 18-21 who are unable to be reunited with their own families are offered intensive preparation for supported independent living while living in community-based apartments. Some group homes provide additional support for young men with mental or behavioral health needs. www.sfsj.org