On April 17, 1832, the women of the sewing circle at the First Presbyterian Church announced their plan to open the Pittsburgh and Allegheny Orphan Asylum as a refuge for the children who had been orphaned by the recent cholera epidemic. And so began the founding of what would eventually become Pressley Ridge. The official documents described the purpose of the home as “protecting, relieving, supporting and instructing orphan children.”
185 years later, that mission remains. While our focus has grown, Pressley Ridge continues to provide children and families who are facing difficult situations with protection, relief, support and instruction through mental and behavioral health services, foster care and education.
We invite you to join us in celebration by contributing to our 185th anniversary campaign. Through a gift of just $18.32 or more, you can help us continue to create stronger families for many years to come.
in honor of Pressley Ridge’s founding
can purchase a sensory safe therapeutic toy for a child with special needs
can provide a child with the opportunity to participate in sports or take music lessons
in celebration of Pressley Ridge’s 185th Anniversary
can give a foster youth the chance to attend prom
can provide a month’s worth of meals for a family in need
can provide a child with specialized services not covered by insurance
Become a founding member of the Patrick Kelly Society