Day #137: Give with Philhaven in Lebanon, PA

Lebanon, PA

This afternoon, I went on a tour at a non-profit behavioral healthcare organization that offers a wide range of services for children 3-years-old through senior adults.

It was founded in 1952 by a group of Mennonite men who chose public service instead of joining the battlefields of WWII. They discovered how horrible living conditions were for people in psychiatric institutions and they birthed the vision to create a hospital full of love and gentleness.

After walking around the facility and listening to stories of recovery and healing, I was impressed by the magnitude of impact that Philhaven has on their surrounding community.

With over 1000 employees, they manage a 55 million dollar budget that serves 25,000 admissions through 54 programs each year.

Today, I was at their main facility built on a 160 acre farm that has 99 inpatient beds. Other locations serve as outpatient services.

One unique thing is that employees at Philhaven can choose to donate blocks of time. For example, someone may decide to give 15 minutes each paycheck back to Philhaven. That money is used for charity.

This past year Philhaven gave more than $1 million to charity care for people with financial hardships.

 

Comments

  1. I recently read “The Soloist” about a brilliant musician with a mental illness living in LA – reading his story made me realize how desperate the need is for facilities like this one.

    I love the Phillhaven employee program that lets employees donate a block of time to charity – that’s great!

    • I thought that was great idea.

      If we had more time in the area I would visit Philhaven again. There was a lot more to learn.

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