The House has been changing children's lives since 1872.

History

The House of the Good Shepherd started when a small group of concerned men and women gathered on February 8, 1872, to discuss the growing number of orphans and the disruption of family life during the post-Civil War period. Since then, The House of the Good Shepherd has grown and evolved into a Sanctuary Certified Institution - less than 50 in the world. The House continues its historical commitment to address the needs of children, their families, and the community.

The House of the Good Shepherd has grown and evolved into a Sanctuary Certified Institution - less than 50 in the world.

1872-02-01
February 1872

A group of citizens established an asylum for children that provided a temporary and permanent shelter for the “friendless, neglected and destitute.”

1873-05-11
May 1873

The House opened its doors to two children and a matron on May 11, 1873, at a rented house in Utica, New York.

1904-09-01
September 1904

An impressive three-story structure was built at 1700 Genesee Street on property donated by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Proctor.

1958-01-01
1958

The House decided to add social service programs after identifying a change in the community and the growing numbers of children who were struggling with serious emotional and social problems. This prompted the purchase of an eight-acre tract of land on Champlin Avenue in Utica, where four cottages and a multi-service building with treatment rooms, a gym, and administrative space were built.

1966-01-01
1966

The House established a group home off campus.

1972-01-01
1972

The House added a Specialized Foster Home Program.

1975-01-01
1975

The House established a Day Services Program to provide another alternative to campus living.

1980-01-01
1980s

The House extended the focus of treatment to the campus school program.

1990-01-01
1990

The Therapeutic Foster Care Program in Watertown, New York was opened to serve Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Lewis Counties was opened.

1995-01-01
1995

A Residential Treatment Facility – The Schafer Residence- was established. In the same year, The House earned agency-wide Joint Commission accreditation.

2008-04-01
April 2008

The House received a three-year grant effective April 2008 to participate in the Sanctuary Leadership Development Institute

2012-02-01
February 2012

The House of the Good Shepherd received its Sanctuary Certification from the Sanctuary Institute in Yonkers, New York.