Legacy of Compassionate Care

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For over 90 years, Maryhaven Center of Hope (Port Jefferson, NY), part of the Catholic Health system, has been bringing joy to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. As one of the largest and most progressive multi-service agencies on Long Island, Maryhaven supports over 1,000 people on a daily basis and helps them realize their full potential through innovative programs and services that build confidence, improve self-esteem and encourage community integration. With unwavering dedication and uncommon devotion, our staff members honor our distinctive history while continuing to provide the kind of assistance, leadership and opportunities that help people overcome their challenges.

We are a non-profit agency that operates programs through a network of facilities located across Long Island. Individuals, ages five to 50, are referred to Maryhaven from communities throughout New York State.

Our History

Maryhaven Center of Hope owes its heart and mission to a small community of nuns from France, the Daughters of Wisdom. On July 20, 1930, the Right Reverend Thomas E. Molloy blessed and dedicated the Wharton Memorial Institute. The building was constructed with funds specifically bequeathed by William J. Wharton for the establishment of an institute that would provide services for “mentally and emotionally disturbed children.”

On September 12, 1930, the Sisters moved into their new home and set about their task of caring for forty disabled children. By 1961, the school had been renamed Maryhaven to better identify the work of the Sisters and staff in a school setting. Today, the work begun by the founding Sisters has been passed on to a new generation of well-trained caregivers who continue to provide its caring programs through a network of facilities located across Long Island.

Our Mission

As a member of Catholic Health, the mission of Maryhaven Center of Hope is to improve, enrich and respect the lives of people with special needs. We promote each person’s highest potential by encouraging all aspects of growth. We're committed to delivering quality services throughout the individual’s life journey. Together, we will make the difference.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care at Maryhaven is the care, presence and concern given during life moments that challenge the human spirit.

Spirituality and pastoral care services are coordinated by our Pastoral Care Program. Bible classes and preparation for the sacraments are offered in our Children’s Program. Special prayer groups take place in Adult Services, including memorial services to impart healing and some understanding of the circle of life with God’s intervention.

Spiritual care companions accompany some of our developmentally disabled individuals by sharing life and prayer. Spirituality for staff is enhanced through the offering of Reflection Days, usually six times a year, as well as through the presence of the Sisters of St. Dominic.