Press Release: Announcing Opening & Dedication of New Facility & Launch of Bloom Program to Fill Gaps in Services for Girls

2012-03-13 08:52 - 2012-06-11 08:52

Auberle announces the opening and dedication ceremony of our newly-renovated facility for girls in McKeesport and the launch of the Bloom Program, a new semi-independent living program for girls.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Contact: Annie Schultheis / 412-673-5856 ext. 1317 /

McKeesport, PA – Auberle, a social service agency dedicated to helping troubled children and families heal themselves, announces the opening and dedication ceremony of our newly-renovated facility for girls in McKeesport this March. Bishop David A. Zubik and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will participate in the dedication.

This state-of-the-art facility featuring $900,000 in renovations will house 24 girls through two programs exclusively for females including GATE, Auberle’s stabilization program for girls and Auberle’s new Bloom Program, a semi-independent living program for girls ages 16 to 20. As a structured group home within the community, young girls will receive among many services: life and social skill training, education support, workforce development and career planning.

The Bloom Program was created in response to young women in our region facing a steep rise in female juvenile delinquency adjudications that are often fueled by a history of physical and sexual abuse.  Auberle’s new program to help these young women was created using research by the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ). Through partnerships with Carlow University, Robert Morris University and The National Girl’s Institute, we are developing the research which will lead to our program becoming the first evidence-based residential program for girls in the United States.

“Historically, girls do not have the services available to them that boys have, and they are often placed into programs designed for boys and so ultimately the girls fail,” said John Lydon, Auberle CEO. “This new facility houses two programs specifically created to address the unique issues facing girls. The Bloom Program provides a missing step in the continuum of care for girls by bridging the gap between structured residential settings and independent living programs. Girls now have a step to help them make the adjustment toward complete independence and self-sufficiency that includes education, career counseling and life skills.”

View photos from the renovation



Auberle has been inspiring youth and delivering excellence in the region for 60 years. Auberle is a recipient of the Alfred W. Wishart, Jr. Award for Excellence and has been recognized by the National Alliance of Children and Families as a Top Ten Performer in the Nation. We serve over 2,100 children and families in eight counties in Southwestern, PA.  We offer over 16 program areas for girls, boys, families and the community.