Children find a unique opportunity to grow and succeed through the supportive homelike environment at the Masonic Children’s Home. Within five cottages, 40 youth have the chance to receive friendship, care and guidance. As they mature, we provide the resources to prepare them to live on their own.
After establishing what is now the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown in 1910, Pennsylvania Freemasons became aware of another need in the community. They felt an unavoidable duty to provide for the maintenance, development and education of orphaned children. The board of directors’ original vision was to provide for children and their widowed parent. On Nov. 12, 1913, Edith H. De Vore, widow of Bro. William H. De Vore, Bellevue Lodge No. 530, now Avalon Lodge No. 657, Pittsburgh, and her four children moved to the Masonic Homes. Today, the children’s home cares for up to 40 school-age children.
2013 was filled with celebration and appreciation for everyone who has been a part of the Masonic Children’s Home over the last century. To see pictures from the centennial events, like us on Facebook.
- Attractive, homelike environment
- Spacious bedrooms
- Nutritious home-cooked meals
- Skilled child care
- Complete medical care
- Social worker on staff
- Academic tutoring
- Resources to pursue hobbies
- Organized sports and activities
- Annual vacations and trips
- Opportunity for higher education
- Independent living program