In 1966, Philadelphia-area advertising executive and entrepreneur Standish Forde Hansell was completing renovations on a 50-year-old country estate house on a 44-acre property he had purchased in Bucks County. His plan was to open a retirement community where gentlemen of means could continue a pastoral lifestyle and “live and grin” into their golden years. Instead, on the advice of a few trusted friends, he turned the property into one of the first non-hospital facilities in Pennsylvania to treat alcoholism.
Mr. Hansell believed that there was a tremendous need in the region for a nonprofit to help the many people that were suffering from the disease of alcoholism. The “Livengrin” name was still appropriate.
Throughout the 1970s, Livengrin Foundation built its reputation as a trailblazer, launching numerous innovative resources such as family counseling and extensive aftercare and outpatient services.
A collaboration with business and labor communities was also initiated to identify workers who were challenged by addiction, and offer them drug and alcohol rehab treatment and recovery opportunities.
Standish Forde Hansell died in February 1983, having seen his beloved organization become a successful, nationally recognized provider of treatment services to male and female alcoholics and their families.
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service Areas Throughout The Region
The Foundation has continued to grow and expanded its service areas to include Bensalem, Center City, Doylestown, Fort Washington, Lehigh Valley, NE Philadelphia & Oxford Valley. Specialty programs have been created to respond to emerging needs, such as the healthcare professionals track that assists nurses, pharmacists, and physicians.
Livengrin hosts scores of postgraduate students and professionals who come to study and gain real-life experience.
In 1966, with the belief that he and his colleagues were making a positive contribution to the community, Standish Hansell planted the seeds of what was to become a caring, professional, and progressive organization that has helped more than 125,000 patients and families struggling with the disease of addiction find help, hope, and healing.
Livengrin offers a comprehensive addiction treatment model. Not all drug and alcohol rehab centers are created equal. Clients detox from alcohol and other drugs safely. Get drug counseling and family counseling.