For 145 years, Epworth Children & Family Services has provided our community with essential youth development services that have helped thousands of children overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges. Epworth's innovative, holistic, and comprehensive treatment approach helps youth focus on solutions, build on inherent strengths and communicate more effectively. Over 2,000 youth and families turn to Epworth each year for emergency shelter, residential and intensive treatment, family reunification therapy, transitional and independent living programs, special education, foster family care and a 24-hour help line. Epworth's strength-based therapeutic philosophy builds on the individual strengths of youth and families, thus increasing the capacity of each to thrive in society.
Epworth was founded as a mission agency of the United Methodist Church to care for Civil War orphans, and it continues to work in partnership with both the community at large and the church to meet the needs of contemporary youth. Today, Epworth is an independent agency serving all children and families, regardless of religious affiliation.
To help youth and families find strengths, break through obstacles, and build brighter futures.
Epworth’s Executive Director is Kevin L. Drollinger
Strength-based Philosophy Statement
How do you convince someone they are someone? We've found a way that is as simple in theory as it is effective in practice. It's called "strength-based philosophy" and it's the belief that every child has unique and inherent strengths. Most of our children know a lot about their weaknesses and nothing at all about their strengths. We know if we dig deep enough and approach each day with faith and open hearts, we will help them uncover their strengths.