The purpose of Epworth Village is to serve God by providing opportunities for success in a secure, loving environment that nurtures personal growth, individual and family strengths, and responsibility for self and others. We offer a variety of services to children and families with emotional and/or behavioral disorders. Our services include juvenile offender residential program for girls and boys age 12-18; a Rule 18 Interim School for students grades 7 - 12 that have been removed from their traditional school due to emotional and behavioral issues; In-Home and Safety Services to families located within our service areas providing family support, visitation, tracking and drug testing; Intensive Family Preservation and Foster Care with 24 hour support. Epworth Village is unique because it has a spiritual life component and mental health therapy combined with life-skills training integrated into each and every program.
Our mission is to provide family-centered treatment to bring hope and healing to youth and families in a compassionate and caring manner.
A Project of the United Methodist Church since 1889
Located in York, Nebraska, Epworth Village, Inc. remembers its roots, but serves a different group of children in need and is no longer an orphanage. We have created a modern, state-of-the-art program for male and female children ages 12 to 18 and their families who are dealing with emotional and behavioral disorders.
Our plan is based on a collaboration of cutting edge, evidence-based concepts developed by a wide-range of professionals. We are constantly researching trends and new treatment modalities.
We believe it truly does take a “village to raise a child.” Epworth Village is that village for children dealing with issues such as oppositional defiant disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse disorders and the list goes on.
Epworth Village serves your Nebraska neighbors.
Our Epworth Village Learning Center (EVLC) consists of teachers and para-professionals focused on behaviors in the educational setting. EVLC is a state-approved Rule 18 Interim Program that provides regular and special education for youth in grades 7-12. EVLC serves the youth in our residential cottages as well as contracting for special education services with surrounding School Districts.
Our Child Welfare Group Home A serves children with living units located in York on our main campus. Children have a stable, caring, home-like living environment with 24-hour awake staff, therapeutic services, educational services and community involvement.
Our In-Home Family Services work with families directly in the home setting. In-home & Safety Services workers provide support and ensure safety in the homes of the families with which we serve. Services provided may include Supervised Visitation, Family Support, or Intensive Family Preservation.
Our Foster Care Program recruits, trains and provides ongoing training and 24/7 support for foster parents in the area. Foster parents may be a couple or individual and are fully trained and equipped to succeed by Epworth Village Foster Care staff.
Spiritual life is modeled by all staff to encourage all residents to choose develop the spiritual portion of their lives. Epworth's program is based on Christianity, but does not adhere to any specific denominational background. Participation is voluntary.
A Change for the Better
meta·mor·pho·sis 1. a: change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means b: a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances 2. a typically marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal occurring subsequent to birth or hatching 3. Epworth Village, changing the lives of children and families for the better.
Children cannot be healed alone.
That's why at Epworth Village, Inc. we serve the entire family.
Who are the hearts and minds behind Epworth Village, Inc? Why can we provide the help, healing and hope your family, friends or loved ones may be looking for?
The first heart to beat for our mission was a young boy named Freddie Rawcliffe. In the 1880s, he wrote a letter offering the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church the dollar he had earned through the chores he had done the previous year. His request . . . please use this dollar to build a home for children.
In 1889, the mission came alive as Mothers' Jewels Home, an orphanage that has served thousands over the past 126 years. Epworth Village has continuously been a national mission institution of the United Methodist Women of the United Methodist Church since 1889, and as Epworth Village since 1959.