In 1974, Hermitage House opened its doors for residential rehabilitative services with a mission to provide quality care to youth-at-risk and enable them to become responsible adults.
In 1988, Erie Community Foundation provided the $20,000 down payment for the purchase of the current Main Campus. Subsequent years brought the addition of another 12-bed unit (1990), a specialized counseling program (1991), the Boys' Transitional Living Program (TLP) apartments, new offices, and a Gym (1993).
Further growth occurred in 1995 with the purchase of the South Campus location with a 12-bed girls' unit, Girls' TLP apartments, and Art Therapy Barn. More recent additions include the N.Y.P.U.M. location and the L.E.A.P. Program. Boys' Unit 3 was also added in 2000 to the Main Campus.
Each new addition has created the ability to serve more clients and to employ more staff members. Hermitage House currently employs 83 full-time and part-time employees and can serve up to 32 clients through the Group Homes,12 through the Shelter, and 12 through the Transitional Living Program.