Atkins House, founded in 1975, is a residential and outpatient treatment center for women offenders.
For thirty four years Atkins House, a non-profit corporation, has been making it possible for women offenders to rebuild their lives, providing them with a supportive and structured environment. Atkins House was founded in 1975 by local women’s organizations who were distressed by the deplorable conditions women were experiencing at the old York County Prison.
The first facility at 307 East King Street was purchased by the Junior League and renovated by students of the York County Vocational/Technical School. It was named for the late Honorable George W. Atkins, known as a friend of those in trouble. Two adjacent houses, 305 East King Street in 1984 and 313 in 1995 have been acquired through the generosity of the Atkins family, local individuals and corporations. These buildings provide residence, classrooms, counseling, office and storage space.