zerby gap familyworks

iphone drop off 039“My life was really messed up before I came to Zerby Gap.  I didn’t go to school much, and didn’t really care about anything except hanging with my friends. My mom kicked me out. When I came to live at Zerby Gap, I had to follow the rules. But it was o.k.  I learned how to be more responsible, and am getting my act together. My mom got some help too. So, now we get along better.” 

Zerby Gap provides sheltering or group home living for up to 13 dependent or delinquent boys ages 12 – 19.  This residential program provides a highly structured, nurturing  environment that focuses on working towards permanency and success in the right living environment for each individual. Success is achieved by engaging the individual and their families in their own lives and showing them how to live successfully with others.

Through group and individual work, and real-life experiences in the home and community, the young men have opportunities to improve their moral reasoning, self control and independent skills. By focusing on the individual, we achieve success. Positive change is achieved in both the individual and family.

Zerby Gap Advantages

  • Focus on success in education and in the community
  • Enrollment at a public school
  • Program is located on 14 acres in a rural community with access to many educational and cultural activities in the county
  • Therapeutic and structured routine
  • Individual, family and group counseling
  • Recreation
  • Opportunities for regular community service
  • Development of a moral compass through realistic consequences and opportunities including employment and extracurricular activities
  • Regular home expectations such as chores and living with others
  • Outside counseling and therapy

Who We Serve
Dependent or delinquent boys ages 12 – 19.

We are proud to announce that as of 6/5/17 we are PREA* compliant at our Zerby Gap Boy’s Group Home.  To view our PREA Auditor final report, please click here.  *PREA stands for the Prison Rape Elimination Act and was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. In addition to creating a mandate for significant research, the act creates mandates around safety and security for many state correctional, juvenile detention, community corrections, and jail systems.  While Zerby Gap is not a detention facility, we do serve some delinquent youth and chose to voluntarily engage an extensive auditing process to become PREA compliant to ensure the safest possible environment for our youth. 

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How to Apply
Boys are eligible for shelter care or group home living as needed.

Contact Info
Referrals are accepted 24 hours a day: (814) 422-0540
P.O. Box 68
Spring Mills, PA 16875