• Who We Are

    Our goals are to effectively intervene in the lives of seriously troubled adolescents, to assist them in avoiding future contact with the juvenile justice and help them toward successful adulthood.

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  • What We Do

    Perseus House provides a variety of residential, educational programs and resources for school-aged youth in the Erie community and across Pennsylvania.

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  • Who We Help

    We  help dependent and delinquent males/females (court ordered) and/or voluntary mental health placements.

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  • How We Help

    Serving youth and families through Evidence Based Programming designed to promote prosocial behavior and healthy lifestyles.

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A Message from Mark Amendola

In light of the recent events of violence throughout the country. I felt it imperative to comment on these events from an organizational point of view. The larger macro issue of societal biases and increasing violence, at some level, should be left to larger entities to combat. It is possible though to address these issues at a micro level. It is critical on a daily basis that we evaluate our own interpersonal behavior and the impact on our personal environments. Are we self aware of those we interact with on a daily basis and evaluate the impact of our decisions on those individuals in our lives? We can have an influence on those who we deal with daily and ask the question do we really treat others as we would like to be treated and as we believe they would like to be treated? The ongoing self development of understanding that we are a part of a larger societal picture does affect all of our lives. If we can begin to evaluate those behaviors and explore how we treat each other, we may begin to break down barriers and biases as we see the world.


Mark Amendola: Perseus House / Katrina Vincent: DevelopErie


Brighter Horizon’s staff received this letter from a former client last month

Dear Brighter Horizons Staff:

I have been very happy where I am now. These foster parents are the best gift you guys provided for me. I can’t thank you all enough. I am thankful for all the effort and hard work you did for me.

I hope all of you know that I see the world from a different angle then I once did before. I don’t believe I really had…Read More »

Dr. DeGarmo Radio interview with Mark Amendola

Online Family Radio at Blog Talk Radio with Foster Talk with DrX John on BlogTalkRadio

Perseus House would like to thank the Educational
Improvement Tax Credit donors for:


  • First National Bank
  • Philadelphia INS
  • MacDonald ILLG
  • Curtze
  • PNC Investments


  • Erie Insurance
  • Northwest Bank
  • First National Bank
  • PNC Bank
  • Curtze
  • UPMC Health Plan

Perseus House is now using Prelude
Prelude is a group learning game that helps engage and motivate clients at the start of a term, or training program. Prelude uniquely complements and enhances ART® Programs.

Click here to learn more about Prelude »

Perseus House is comprised of Residential and Community Based interventions that serve Pennsylvania’s youth and families to promote pro-social behavior and lifestyles.

Perseus House is committed to the Sanctuary® Model and we were officially certified October 2010. The Sanctuary® Model was developed over the last 20 years by Dr. Sandra Bloom for traumatized adults in inpatient hospital settings and now has been adapted for residential treatment, schools, group homes, foster care, outpatient and community based settings.

The goal is a deliberate shift in the understanding of how a traumatic life event or chronic stress affects our ability to relate to the world. So that when we confront a person who is struggling our approach changes from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what’s happened to you?” and “how can we help?” This approach changes the therapeutic relationship to offer communication and trust without judgment. Sanctuary is fluid and always focused in the present moment. By creating a safe environment which models this system we are thereby building steps for a successful future. We believe in the seven commitments of Sanctuary which are: Non Violence, Open Communication, Social Learning, Social Responsibility, Emotional Intelligence, Democracy, Growth and change. We value: respect, responsibility, integrity and personal growth.

Methods to locate sites that serve free meals to children during the summer include the following:

Call 211
Call 1.866.3Hungry or 1.877.8Hambre
Text “MEALPA” to 877877 during the summer months
Visit the website www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks
Use site locator for smartphones – Rangeapp.org