Passavant Memorial Homes Family of Services (PMHFOS) has a long history of empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, and behavioral health needs to live successfully in the community.
In 1861, the Rev. Dr. William Alfred Passavant purchased a farm in Rochester, PA, with his immediate interest being the establishment of an orphan’s home for girls. In the spring of 1863, 25 girls were moved from the Pittsburgh Infirmary to the Rochester Orphan’s Home, which was dedicated in July of the same year. In early 1895, the orphaned children were relocated to a home for boys and girls that had been established in Zelienople, PA. On June 6, 1895, exactly one year to the day after Dr. Passavant’s death, the Passavant Memorial Home for the care of Epileptics was dedicated, with Rev. William Alfred Passavant, Jr. as the first superintendent.
The following timeline reviews PMHFOS’s significant milestones and focuses on our recent organizational initiatives. PMHFOS has evolved into one of Pennsylvania’s foremost providers of support to individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, and behavioral health. We invite you to follow our rich history and our evolution into one of the region’s foremost human service provider agencies.