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The history of Penn-Mar dates back to 1980, when a group of concerned families from the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania met to discuss the future of their sons and daughters with mental disabilities. Back then, there was no local human services agency, and thus no program designed to meet the diverse needs of their adult children. In addition, families lacked the necessary support to assure their children retained the valuable skills they had learned in school during special education classes.

To remedy the situation, the families created a program that began in the Methodist Church of Maryland Line, MD. From that humble and courageous beginning springs the programs and services that today make up Penn-Mar Human Services. Today, Penn-Mar serves more than 400 individuals with developmental disabilities with a range of educational, vocational and residential programs.

Growth also has been geographic. Today, Penn-Mar has facilities and offers services in northern Baltimore, eastern Carroll and western Harford counties in Maryland, as well as southern York County in Pennsylvania.

The services provided by Penn-Mar Human Services include:

Penn-Mar Human Services is reviewed and licensed annually in Maryland and Pennsylvania. We exceed the standards for quality set by both state governments.

At Penn-Mar, dedicated, professional staff members are committed to the development of individualized programs that empower individuals to exercise control over their lives. In short, Penn-Mar exists to encourage individuals to reach their full potential and to live their dreams.

Penn-Mar’s leaders are guided by our current Mission and Strategic Planning process. These tools allow us to make sound business decisions and continue to expand our programs and services.

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