childrens home cottage

Application Process

No. Parents/guardians remain the legal guardians, and after a 30-day initial period, they may arrange visitations on a biweekly basis.
No. Generous contributions to the Masonic Villages fund the Masonic Children’s Home, so we do not charge individuals, organizations or the state or federal government for our services.
Due to its thoroughness, the process can take several weeks.
To best serve all youth within a group setting, we cannot accept children with extreme treatment needs, police involvement or serious behavior issues.
No. During the application process, we contact a local lodge to sponsor each child.
Call us at 717-367-1121, ext. 33301 or email us at children@masonicvillages.org. We’ll answer any questions you may have.

We’ll mail an application form and schedule a tour for the child at the children’s home. Once we receive the child’s information, we’ll schedule a weekend visit. After an evaluation, and upon approving the applicant, the director of children’s services arranges a date for the child to move into the children’s home.

Success Stories

Michael Moyer, 2011 graduate & Charity Hess, 2012 graduate

michale moyer and charity hess children's home alumni

“At 9 years old, I didn’t fully understand how great of an opportunity I had been given by coming to the children’s home. They taught me to study hard, because education is truly the key to success and making the world a better place. It is why I am where I am today. To donors, I thank you with all of my heart. The one promise I can make is that I will give back one day to kids in similar situations. I will give them the opportunity to meet their full potential. I am eternally grateful for everything I’ve been given.”

A graduate of Drexel University, Michael is now a computer engineer. He is looking to continue his education, maximize his career opportunities and give back to the greater community.

“Growing up, I didn’t think college would ever be an option for me. I’ve always been a big dreamer, and the children’s home made those dreams a possibility. Now, I’m beginning to make them a reality. Growing up away from my family was not easy, but I developed the strength I needed to thrive. It was the best thing my mom could have done for me, and I am proud that the children’s home molded me into the person I am today.

The house parents and tutors held me accountable and pushed me to excel in everything I did, but always remained supportive when I fell short. Most importantly, they believed in me. Everyone became a second family to me, and I will have those relationships to lean on for the rest of my life. I know I have a big future ahead of me, and I can’t wait to experience every second of it.”

After leaving the children’s home, Charity attended Delaware Valley College where her passion for learning and drive for success earned her a bachelor’s degree in biology. She now plans to join the Coast Guard and earn a master’s degree in marine science.