Residential Program


St. Mary’s Home for Boys is primarily a residential treatment center for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed boys. This program accommodates 67 boys.
We also provide Day Treatment services to another 35 boys.

Program Philosophy

St. Mary’s provides a therapeutic environment within which disturbed male adolescents learn to be productive and contributing members of society. We promote the boys’ moral, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical development within a system of Christian Values.

Further Information

To make a referral, or to obtain additional information about our program, please contact our Admissions Coordinator between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Telephone: 503-259-3138. Fax: 503-649-7405
Or e-mail:

Treatment Approach

We use a cognitive/behavioral/relationship treatment approach, supported by a token economy and designed individual treatment programs for each resident.

Professional Staff

Our professional staff includes a clinical director, case managers, residential counselors, special educators, psychologists, medical professionals, vocational specialists, and a recreational counselor.

Referrals and Admissions

Boys come to St. Mary’s not only from Oregon, but from throughout the United States. All referrals are screened by our Admissions Coordinator. When a referral to St. Mary’s is inappropriate, we suggest other resources. Re-referrals are welcome.

Financial Considerations

Treatment is covered by most health insurance plans. Contact the Admissions Coordinator for a fee schedule.


Founded as St. Mary’s Home Association by Archbishop William Gross, CSSR, the Home was established by the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon, to care for orphaned or abandoned boys and girls. Â Records dating back to 1889, list over 10,000 youngsters who have called St. Mary’s their home. The Home became a residential treatment center for adolescent boys in 1968.

Although treatment programs have changed since 1889, our goals remains the same: To help children become productive and enriched persons.