Silver Springs – Martin Luther School was founded in 1859 in Philadelphia as an orphanage. Located today in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Silver Springs promotes trauma recovery and family reunification in a nurturing and healing environment with a quality educational program.
Through trauma-informed approaches children are helped to heal and manage the overwhelming feelings and memories of the bad, sad and scary things that have happened to them. The children’s program offers comprehensive services including residential treatment for children ages 6-14, special education for grades K through 8, and community based services.
Silver Springs provides a continuum of care that begins when a child enters care and continues well after a child leaves our programs. Family involvement is essential and encouraged whenever possible. Silver Springs – Martin Luther School fosters hope and faith in each child for a brighter future.
In the words of one staff member, “My biggest reward is watching our children leave us with positive feelings and open hearts.”
The intentions of the corporation are exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, particularly to afford a home, education, and support for destitute or dependent children and mental health services for such children and others without distinction of creed, color, or country, and to engage in related study and research.Motivated by Christ's love and call to serve others, the following values undergird the mission:
- Making each child a priority
- Respecting the family as important
- Promoting nonviolence
- Prudent application, development and stewardship of resources
- Being inclusive
- Providing quality services
- Providing education to enhance self-worth and promote responsible citizenship
- Being aware of current ideas and research
- Celebrating the contributions of staff, foster parents, volunteers and contributors
- Providing a base for developing a holistic healing process for those served
- Being compassionate
- Mitigating pain and facilitating the experience and expression of childhood joy