Saint Gabriel's System

De La Salle in Towne

Overview:

De La Salle in Towne is a community based program located in Center City Philadelphia for youth 14 – 18 years old. De La Salle in Towne has implemented a Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Care as part of the therapeutic milieu for all clients and staff. A year-round academic program is offered as well as Career and Technical Education in the following areas: Culinary Arts and Microsoft Office where ServSafe Certification and Microsoft Office Specialist Certification is available.

History:

Brother James Kirkpatrick, executive administrator of the St. Gabriel’s Hall System (as it was called), realized that community-based day treatment was replacing the institutionalizing and “warehousing” of court-adjudicated youth. A bridge between residential treatment and re-entry into the community was needed to provide a support system when young men left St. Gabriel’s Hall to maintain the disciplinary and educational gains make at the Hall.

A meeting for Christian Brothers interested in the project was held at the Brother’s community on Cedar Avenue in December 1971 where the planning of a day treatment center began. A suitable location was found at 25 South Van Pelt Street, in Center City Philadelphia, the former site of The Big Brothers Association Boys’ Club, the building was purchased by the Archdiocese in the summer of 1972.

De La Salle in Towne was the first day treatment center in the Philadelphia area which arose from the private sector; the day treatment program started with 60 young boys who were adjudicated delinquent. The municipal government of Philadelphia agreed in principle to the establishment of De La Salle in Towne. Mayor Frank Rizzo in effect told his staff, “Find ways to make this happen for De La Salle in Towne.”

According to “A Century of Service: In the spirit of Saint John Baptist de la Salle) by Brother Joseph L. Grabenstein, FSC, Archivist

• De La Salle in Towne grew out of a specific need: Brother James Kirkpatrick, executive administrator of the St. Gabriel’s Hall System (as it was called), realized that community-based day treatment was replacing the institutionalizing and “warehousing” of court-adjudicated youth.
• A bridge between residential treatment and re-entry into the community was needed to provide a support system when young men left St. Gabriel’s Hall to maintain the disciplinary and educational gains make at the Hall.
• A meeting for Christian Brothers interested in the project was held at the Brother’s community on Cedar Avenue in December 1971 where the planning of a day treatment center began.
• A suitable location was found at 25 South Van Pelt Street, in Center City Philadelphia, the former site of The Big Brothers Association Boys’ Club, the building was purchased by the Archdiocese in the summer of 1972.
• De La Salle in Towne was the first day treatment center in the Philadelphia area which arose from the private sector; the day treatment program started with 60 young boys who were adjudicated delinquent.
• The municipal government of Philadelphia agreed in principle to the establishment of De La Salle in Towne. Mayor Frank Rizzo in effect told his staff, “Find ways to make this happen for De La Salle in Towne.”

Project Requirements:

• Male youth, ages 14-18 years
• Youth must be adjudicated delinquent
• Full scale IQ of 70 or above, minimum of 3rd grade reading level
• Youth must be able to fully participate in treatment, without severe restrictions from physical activity (medical clearance may be required)
• Youth with a history of abusive behaviors, serious sexual offenses, fire setting or severe emotional, psychological or psychiatric disorders will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
• Youth must have a parent or guardian who is willing to participate as a member of the treatment team in both the residential and community-based phases of the program

Components of Treatment:

• Individualized educational placements and treatment planning based on previous academic experience, levels of achievements, credits earned and social service needs
• Small class size: teacher to student ratio is 1:10
• Individual, group and family counseling
• Comprehensive social work services to youth and family
• Monthly in-home visits with family

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De La Salle in Towne

25 S. Van Pelt
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone (215) 567-5500
Fax (215) 567-6922

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Program Highlights:

• Located in Center City Philadelphia, near all major transportation routes SEPTA passes provided for public transportation)
• Operates year-round, Monday through Friday
• Offers the following educational services: Traditional High School Diploma Program, Special Education, GED Mastery Preparation, Culinary Arts Vocational Training (including ServSafe Certification), Microsoft Office Specialist Certification
• Average length of the program is one year (varies according to program track)
• Past recipient of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Community-Based Program of the Year award
• Nutritional development program, includes breakfast and lunch

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Lamar J. came to De La Salle Vocational on September 30, 2008 following his discharge from Saint Gabriel’s Hall. At that time, he, too, was committed to the Saint Francis program, residing in one of their off-campus group homes. Lamar made steady and consistent progress at De La Salle,... Read More