In the late 1980’s Dr. E Daniel Martin, who was then a psychiatrist on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine at Hershey began to make public his desire and call to establish a professionally staffed, faith-based drug and alcohol treatment program. A business man in the community of Elizabethtown heard about Dr. Martin’s desire through his pastors, Norman and Jean Shenk. This businessman, Roy Souder, offered to donate a farm house and 25 acres of land between Elizabethtown and Middletown for this purpose.
Dr. Martin invited a group of local business and professional persons to join him in forming a board to receive this generous gift and to develop this new program. The board, although initially associated with the Mennonite Church, had members from a variety of Christian denominations as members.