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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

70 Employees Will Get State Help For Job Losses

Rapid Response Team To Assist Adelphoi Employees

Help is on the way for the approximately 70 people who will lose their jobs when Adelphoi Village in Potter County closes its doors on April 29. It’s uncertain what will happen at the Northern Tier Children’s Home property occupied by Adephoi for the past nine years.

Arrangements have been made to bring a state-sponsored “rapid response” team to the facility on Tuesday, March 9, to meet with the affected employees and help them to connect with available services. Experts on employment and related services from Pennsylvania CareerLink, unemployment compensation, and health insurance options will be part of the rapid response team.

Adelphoi Village provides treatment services to youths from dozens of counties in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware. Adelphoi Village receives referrals from juvenile probation and children’s services organizations.

kear_buildingChanges in state funding and new policies that encourage more family involvement and treatment facilities closer to home have caused financial challenges that the corporation, Adelphoi USA, is no longer willing to endure. Sixty-five full-time employees and five part-time workers will lose their jobs. The property consists of about 270 acres, a dormitory, offices, staff housing and the Kear Building (shown), which includes a gymnasium.

15 comments :

Anonymous said...

I feel for these employees.

This is just another one of Fat Eddies ploys to keep state funding "South of 80", family involvement my ass. Most of these kids are here because of the family involvement!

Anonymous said...

fast eddies last term. he's going out with a bang. and boy are we gonna be sore.

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry to see this facility closing. It has helped a lot of kids that may not have been so lucky elsewhere. The team at Adelphoi are wonderful people who care deeply what happens to these kids. Thank you for your dedication to these kids and their families.

Joe Bob the Redneck said...

270 acres in prime marcellus drilling region. I'll bet they can lease the ground to put in wells and use the buildings as a bunking complex for the workers!!

Anonymous said...

It's such a shame for Adelphoi Village to close. So many wonderful things come from this facility, many of which are unrecognized or unseen by the outside community. And I agree post 6:15, most of these kids aren't even able to go home to their families so a push for family involment is relatively impossible. What a shame that so many of these kids have to leave the best home(in most cases)that they've ever known.

Anonymous said...

greed & money over human compassion

"One Who Knows" said...

"Greed and money over human compassion" not to mention poor business management, too many chiefs and not enough Indians and just plain bad karma !

Anonymous said...

guess the big cities will have to keep their own problem child instead of bussin' 'em here.

Anonymous said...

"so many wonderful things come from this facility"... are you kidding me???? how often do we read that one of these "children" has assaulted a staff member or one of their own peers?; and I'm not talking about a scratch or little boo-boo. I feel for the employees that are losing employment...I do agree with the comment of keeping the problems where they occur and deal with it there instead of bringing it here. Those employees put up with faaarrrr too much for minimal pay. good luck to you all.

Anonymous said...

CEO in Latrobe made statement in Potter Leader that this place could only remain open with "extremely efficient management"... something that the facility has NOT seen in many years. Sad to see locals losing jobs but apparently the local administration wasn't capable of managing it well.
Area state police are probably relieved!

Anonymous said...

9:56, while you are correct that occassionally there are reports in the news about the kids from Adelphoi Village, it's often the same child repetedly, and yes, the staff there do put up with way too much for far too little pay; they do it because THEY see the wonderful things that come from that facility. For every bad thing that everyone else sees in the news, they see 20 wonderful break throughs with these children. It's not a job that everyone can handle, but those that are left are the ones that help the most, the ones that haven't walked out on these children when it seemed "too hard" or "not worth it". If you have never worked a such a place, it's easy to see all the bad and none of the extraordinary!

Anonymous said...

wellll. it was never revealed whether or not 9:56 had first hand experience..so before we start talking about how extraordinary the work is, and the people who work there--- please don't attempt to make it seem like it is one big rainbow, peaceful, and cotton candy carnival with "breakthroughs" there. It can be a hard place, with hard situations that I wouldn't wish on any human being, and I would think the media has not reported on every "occasional" situation that occurs there. Work there is not for everyone,I agree. My main concern is for the people losing their employment...the clients will be fine I'm sure-- sent someplace closer to home and continue treatment with roof over their head,food and medical care.

Anonymous said...

Joe Bob, you saw that coming then ?? Same here. I was thinking the same thing. Wonder how long it will take the frackers to move into the childrens home? Where will the kids go?

Anonymous said...

I worked there for a number of years. No, it is not a place for everyone to work and yes folks are underpaid. However, if the kids weren't difficult there would be no need for them to be there. Yes, there are occasional assaults and kids do act out physically but the facility has and does do a wonderful job working with kids no one else wants to deal with (and by the way many of the kids, but not all, are local). This non-profit, along with many others is being impacted by state budget cuts and the economy as a whole. Believe me, there are no "fat cats" at this agency getting rich, nor does it have anything to do directly with "fast Eddie," as this is a private non-profit company that provides the services. Norhtern Tier Children's Home has had a long tradition of providing services in Potter County to our most neediest and vulnerable kids. Kids who have experienced all kinds of abuse and trauma in their lives. When Adelphoi pulls out there is no longer a residential program for kids in Potter County. So, there is no place for "our kids" to go anymore as there has been for almost 100 years with NTCH.

I salute all that have worked with these challenging kids that are under-recognized and paid for the hard work that they do in working to give kids a chance and change their lives. It is the end of an era in Potter County that we all should mourn.

Anonymous said...

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housing for the well drillers.