The Ruth M. Smith Center has been helping residents of Warren County "Smile" since 1922. The Smith family left their mansion to the PA Methodist Church Women's Society in memory of their daughter Ruth Margaret after her premature death from rheumatic fever. They asked that the home be used as an orphanage and it was until the late 1960's when the need for orphanages ended in favor of foster homes. In our 90th year we continue to provide assistance for the social, educational, emotional, spiritual and physical needs of dependent children, youth, adults and families.
Our campus houses three Personal Care Homes licensed by the PA Department of Public Welfare, providing economical, safe and supportive living for elderly and physically or mentally challenged adults. We give assistance in a home like atmosphere to those who need care beyond the basic necessities of food and shelter, but who do not require intermediate or skilled nursing care. Our residents work and socialize in the community enjoying an enhanced quality of life.
We also have a licensed day care and preschool offering learning and growth opportunities for infants and children through organized educational curriculum, recreation, socialization and free play. Our professionally trained staff works with area children year round.
RUTH M. SMITH HOME
The Campus also has a Recreation Center with a full gym, exercise room and meeting room. This facility is used by people of all ages and provides a great place for indoor recreation in the winter months and bad weather. Many different athletic teams use this building for practices.
The Sheffield Area Food Bank is housed in the lower level of one of our residential buildings. This food bank is staffed by community volunteers and assists county families.