Thank You Leaders Now International for painting our cafeteria!


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Thank you American Eagle for painting our porches!







Thank you Glaxo Smith Kline for mulching the cottages, painting and getting the store ready for winter!







Thank you Emerson Process Management!


Your Generous gift made the purchase of new mattresses for the entire campus possible!















MHY kids are participating in a mural project!


This residency program is made possible through the AIE Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. It is funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation and administered locally by ArtsPath through the College of Fine Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is additionally supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.



Cohen & Grigsby is sponsoring an upcoming mural project . . . keep watching as the artwork unfolds!









Read a recent letter from a resident here:


Thank you


for sponsoring Sanctuary in Art at Longmore Academy for the 2011-2012 school year!





July 2011 Newsletter


2011 Summer Gardening:


Collins Garden             


Collins' Garden                    Eichenauer's Garden             Ryman's Garden



On June 9 Mrs. Leckey, a previous board member, visited MHY to help students understand many pictures and plaques placed around campus.  Two students summarized her visit here.


June 7, United Way Butler County Day of Caring:  Westinghouse group clears MHY pond.











Front page article in Butler Eagle on June 2 Celebrates Zach, Devin and Erica!


May 26, 2011, Pine Creek Journal Article Celebrates First 3 Longmore Academy Graduates.


Thank you CCAC!  Five students and three teachers provided craft activities for residents of Ryman and Collins on Friday April 29.  In this picture of our CCAC visitors you can see Collins artwork celebrating the rainforest.












Congratulations to Longmore Honor Role Recipients!  14 students achieved High Honor Role, 15 students achieved Honor Role; all students achieved better than a 3.0 average.


April 1, 2011:  Congratulations to MHY for a successful Open House!  Over 80 people visited campus for tours and information on MHY's 130+ years of service to the community.




March 2011 Newsletter


March 18, 2011:  Congratulations to Kelly McQuaide for 10 wonderful years with MHY's Multisystemic Therapy Program in Clarion!  Thank you Kelly!


March 17, 2011:  Butler Eagle interviews Kim Lira on Sanctuary certification.  See the article at


March, 2011 Executive Director's Message

It is with great pleasure that we are able to call Mars Home for Youth a Sanctuary certified provider.  Our continued positive impact on youth and families in crisis is enhanced by the new methods that improve outcomes for many vulnerable people in our communities.

The Sanctuary Model of treatment is a holistic method of approach that addresses seven basic commitments.  Each individual whether staff or client learns to embrace an environment that respects Nonviolence, Emotional Intelligence, Social Learning, Open Communications, Social Responsibility, Democracy and Growth and Change.  These commitments drive every thought word and deed that we undertake as a community as they provide safe haven for growth and healing.

Let me give you an example of just how Sanctuary changed our practices here.  One young lady came to us in 2009 in extreme crisis mode.  Her impulsive behavior did not allow her to interact positively with others around her.  After months of work with no appreciable improvement, our therapists began to work with her following the Sanctuary Model.  The S.E.L.F. Model was used  to view this young lady from the  Safety, Emotion, Loss and Future components.  Soon our young client was able to begin to place her past experiences and present behavior in context with how she wanted her future to unfold.  At this point the young lady experienced swift improvement and is now assisting other young people in difficult situations.  Our young friend has achieved academically at our own Longmore Academy and now can see a future of accomplishment within the bounds of her own personal Sanctuary.

Last year MHY served over 1200 youth.  Our clients have experience extreme social and psychological trauma.  Our improved Sanctuary model of treatment means that we are able to get more completely to the core problems of these young people and help them heal.  We are poised for growth and anticipate with excitement the ability to improve the lives of many more young people and their families.

Martin Harris, MA

Executive Director


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