Silver Springs – Martin Luther School

We are Silver Springs – Martin Luther School

Silver Springs Martin Luther School serves children who have faced steep challenges and helps them to heal and learn, experience joy and hope, and reach for a bright future. The school traces its origin to 1859 in Philadelphia’s Mt. Airy section when a pastor donated $1 to Elizabeth Ashmead Schaeffer to found an orphanage. Headquartered today on an attractive Plymouth Meeting campus, Silver Springs has evolved into a Lutheran Social Ministry Organization dedicated to holistically improving the developmental, emotional, educational, spiritual and social well-being of children and their families.

Our initiatives include:

  • Residential/clinical treatment operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for children ages 6-14 who need healing, learning and the chance to experience joy and hope
  • A private school for children who cannot be mainstreamed in public school systems
  • Therapeutic foster family care for children and youth who for a variety of reasons cannot return to their traditional families
  • Outpatient mental health care for individuals and families
  • Behavioral health rehabilitation in homes and schools.

The children we seek to support range in age from infancy to 18 and sometimes beyond. We meet them after they have experienced the trauma of abuse, neglect or long involvement in the mental health system. Some 40 public school systems refer children to our trust and care.

To learn more, please visit our website by clicking on our logo.


(R to L) Lutheran Charities Manager of Donor Relations and Ministry Partnerships, Barbara Stechert presents a check to social ministry organization member, Silver Springs – Martin Luther School President / CEO, Kristen Gay with two students who attend their licensed Approved Private School.