History


MHY Family Services was founded in 1878 by the women of the United Presbyterian churches of Pittsburgh and Allegheny City, which is now Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood. Opening first with volunteers, the United Presbyterians Orphan’s home served families who, as the result of death or poverty, could no longer care for their children. Within two decades, the United presbyterian Orphans Home, also known as “The Home”, had grown from volunteers to employing 12 adults to care for 75 children.

In 1929, in response to increased need, the agency purchased an estate in Butler County - the campus MHY Family Services occupies today.

In 1996, the organization was reincorporated as as Mars Home for Youth as the mission continued to evolve to meet the needs of as-risk youth through residential community based services.

In 2012 as our Community Services programs continued to grow our current name MHY Family Services was adopted. This was done to honor the ongoing diversification of services.

In 2014, MHY Family Services earned accreditation through COA, marking excellence in the delivery of human services.

MHY Family Services had demonstrated adaptiveness to social and economic changes of our society. We intend to continue this commitment for decades to come.

A Message From The Director

MHY Family Services is an organization with talented and committed employees, volunteers and donors who strive to continuously improve the lives of those in need of the services we offer. Whether it is our residential team working with youth on behavioral and mental issues, or faculty at Longmore Academy or our therapists who work in the homes with families in seven counties in Western Pennsylvania, our mission is to promote the the safety , health, education and spiritual well being of youth and families.

Our generous donors and volunteers help MHY to further enrich the lives of those we are honored to work with.

I invite you to explore our employment, donor and volunteer opportunities and partner in our commitment to improving the lives of our neighbors.

MHY Family Services Officers
MHY Family Services Board of Directors
  • Joanna Papada, President
  • Cindy Thomas, Vice President
  • Katharine Robinson-Dassel, Treasurer
  • Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, Member
  • Selina P. Johnson, Member
  • Leslie Lancaster, Member
  • Glenda Larson, Member
  • Sandra H. Miller, Member
  • James Rankin, Member
  • Pamela M. Schiller, Member
  • Amy Tacik, Member
  • Megan Van Fossan, Member
  • Peter Watt-Morse, Member
  • Richard Wood, Member
Mars Home for Youth Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Pamela M. Schiller, President
  • Sandra H Miller, Vice-President
  • Selina P. Johnson, Treasurer
  • Susan Abramowich, Member
  • Mary Lou Bramson, Member
  • Kimberly Brannock, Member
  • Valerie Cannon, Member
  • Tim Miller, Member
  • Richard Reynolds, Member
  • Jill DeStefano Smelko, Member
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