Salem first opened in Maryland in 1978. It was began by Louise Richards and the first children to come were 3 siblings. The Calvert county house had room for 8 children but the vision of Salem was to move to a farm as soon as possible.
After a lot of prayer to find our farm, God provided to meet those needs. Alta Schrock had even been praying that the farm would be used for God's work to help people. After many trips out to the farm and much work to fix up the farmhouse, Salem moved to Garrett County in November of 1979. At this point the old farmhouse and two trailers made up the whole of Salem's campus.
Through the years God has provided through the donations of many people for the program to be expanded. Afer about 4 years God provided for an additional house to be built on the campus, the Thomas house. Then in 1986 the Matthew house was opened and the original farmhouse became the office building. Then between 3 and 5 years later the Andrew, Paul, and James houses were built.More about Our Residential Program
Many other improvements to the farm have also had a role in shaping Salem into what it is today. Salem has added horse and hay barns and an indoor riding arena for the equestrian program. The offices were eventually moved from the farmhouse and were relocated to the old school and the Paul House. We have also added a maintenance building, a gym and a school building.
In 1993 Salem School was started in the basement of the Andrew house and then it moved up the hill to a little house across the street. As the program grew, the added modular units weren't enough to hold our school under one roof. Building our new school was a huge step of trust that it could be done. But by the time we moved into the building in 2006, it was already able to be paid off as a result of many generous donors.More about Our School
Salem has had a wonderful history of helping over 700 youth over the past 35 years. Salem means peace from God for your heart and your mind. Salem has been home for many and will continue to be a peaceful haven. We look forward to what the future holds for Salem.