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Mission Statement

Bethesda Children’s Home, Lutheran Social Services, is a Christian ministry that provides superior behavioral health and mental health services to children, youth, and families. Bethesda’s vision is to fulfill the social, emotional, spiritual, and behavioral health needs of children, families and individuals by providing an effective and efficient continuum of care in a quality focused environment. Bethesda’s intent is to be the recognized leader in providing quality managed services with measurable, relevant outcomes and results.


Bethesda Community Place located in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown Erie, Pennsylvania is considered one of the City’s oldest community centers. Established in 1922 as an outgrowth of the community-oriented ministry of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church located on West 17th Street in Erie, Pennsylvania, Bethesda Community Place was originally named Trinity Center to reflect its Lutheran beginnings.

In 1996 Bethesda Children’s Home, Lutheran Social Services merged with the Trinity Center ministry in order to provide long term financial support and the leadership of a well established nonprofit agency. Since that time, Bethesda Community Place has continued to utilize the Trinity Center name as a program of Bethesda Community Place however the Center in Erie has blossomed into a full service solution for the community offering a continuum of programs and services.

Trinity Center is now a program of Bethesda Children’s Home that provides Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs, After School and Summer Programs with an emphasis on education. All programs offered at the Trinity Center are provided free of charge, and open to children in the Erie Community.


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