After 80 years in operation as a human service provider, Gannondale will close its doors at the end of June. The non-profit agency is owned by the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity. It was established in 1934 at the request of judges who saw the need for a secure residential facility for adolescent girls experiencing behavioral, emotional and family difficulties.
According to a news release from Gannondale, it was the first private agency of its kind in western Pennsylvania, but the child welfare systems has shifted toward keeping youth closer to home and out of residential facilities, if at all possible.
In the written statement, Gannondale officials said they made the difficult decision to discontinue residential services, because of the declining number of young women being placed in residential care throughout the state of Pennsylvania. "The good faith and exhaustive efforts on behalf of our staff and board members to find a way to continue operations to this point has been exceptional. Unfortunately, at this time it has been determined that it is not financially feasible to sustain this service."