The Residential Program
St. Peter’s Orphanage offers a residential treatment program for abused, abandoned or neglected adolescent boys (aged 9-17), with mild to moderate emotional, behavioral, social and/or learning problems. The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (D.Y.F.S.) refers all placements. St. Peter’s philosophy is to provide specialized care, including on-site therapeutic counseling, designed to prepare the boys to become productive and self-sustaining citizens, while maintaining a warm and supportive, family-like atmosphere.
Pre-Independent and Independent Living Programs
In June of 1993, St. Peter’s Orphanage began an Independent Living Program. This specially designed facility houses up to four young men who have graduated from the Residential Program at St. Peter’s. The Independent Living Program offers its residents the opportunity to better prepare themselves for life on their own.
In March of 1995, St. Peter’s began a Pre-Independent Living Program to provide a transition from the Residential Program to the Independent Living Program. Residents enter this program around age 15, depending on their maturity and motivation. The program is operated by our Program Coordinator, and is designed to help the young men develop the skills that will be expected of them in the Independent Living Program.
St. Peter’s maintains four vehicles to transport the children to a variety of parks and recreational facilities easily accessible from St. Peter’s Orphanage’s. In the summer, the boys often spend their free time at the on-site, outdoor pool, basketball court, and baseball field. Field trips such as canoeing, hiking, cultural events and amusement parks are also planned for the boys’ education and entertainment.
The boys of St. Peter’s attend parochial, public, private or special education schools. Their formal education is supplemented by study time and reading sessions, which are supervised by qualified staff and volunteers.
The educational opportunities available to the boys do not end at the High School level. An education fund has been established at the Orphanage for any boy with the ability, determination, and desire to further his education. Donations are accepted towards this educational fund.
St. Peter’s Orphanage is funded by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, through sources of private support and from public donations.
Public participation directly with the boys is encouraged through the Orphanages’ Volunteer Program. Through the Volunteer Program community members are able to assist the boys develop their reading and study skills.
With an on-site staff including an Executive Director, Program Coordinator, Consulting Psychologist, Nurse, Mental Health Clinicians, and other professional consultants, St. Peter's Orphanage is uniquely qualified to offer a wide range of therapeutic services, and a significant level of personal attention. We are proud to have some of the most committed staff available; many have been here in excess of 10 years.