Hillcrest Educational Centers is celebrating 30 years of providing therapeutic treatment and special education to children and adolescents with unique psychological and learning needs. “During our 30 years in business we have touched the lives of thousands of young people, their families and their communities,” said Gerard E. Burke, President & CEO of Hillcrest. “We continue to develop our organization in response to the needs of families, who often feel they have run out of solutions until they connect with our caring and professional staff.” The private not-for-profit has also formed Hillcrest Educational Foundation (HEF), a parent company that will serve as an umbrella organization for Hillcrest’s diversified services.
Hillcrest, which serves students from across the country, was started as an organization providing residential programs for students with complex psychiatric, behavioral and/or developmental disorders, and a variety of high-risk behaviors. Today it has grown into a diverse health and human services organization whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families through an array of services.
Burke noted, “The success that our students and clients have experienced over the last 30 years is a testament to the hundreds of talented staff members that have served with us throughout our history. Their unequaled commitment and performance has been the critical factor in helping us carry out our organization’s mission to facilitate the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth of our students through the development of new skills that will better enable them to succeed in their home community.”
Burke described the establishment of the Foundation as a necessary evolution in Hillcrest’s growth: “We have grown and diversified our services over the years to include specialized behavioral health care, educational, Autism and dental services. Looking back at the lessons learned over the past 30 years, this seemed like the appropriate time to create the Foundation. We’ve set it up as a unifying organization that will provide efficiencies and economies to better serve our clients, while helping to ensure that Hillcrest can continue to grow and to meet the needs of our students and clients over the next 30 years,” Burke said.