For families of children at risk, St. Christopher’s is a lifeline. For vulnerable children, St. Christopher’s is a life-changing guide that leads the way to success.

Founded in 1881, St. Christopher’s is a non-sectarian organization that serves the needs of teens with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities across a broad spectrum. Our total learning environment nurtures the whole child in an immersive, incentive driven program that inspires individual, social and intellectual growth.

With three safe and secure campuses, St. Christopher’s offers residential, educational, therapeutic, recreational and social services seamlessly coordinated and implemented by a highly trained professional staff.

Child centered and family focused, St. Christopher’s four-pillar philosophy emphasizes academic studies, social responsibility, character development and personal accountability. Working closely with each child and family from admittance through graduation or discharge and beyond, St. Christopher’s supports a full transition from at risk adolescence to independent adulthood.


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Animal-Assisted Therapy has shown to decrease distress during emotional times, promote calmness in a child with post-traumatic stress disorder, and increase attention and positive behaviors in children with pervasive development disorders. This form of therapy also has a significant positive effect on children’s’ moods, as animals promote a warm and safe atmosphere that can be independently therapeutic.

To learn how you can help contact our Chief Development Officer, Eric Lebenson at