Finding Her Place

August 7th, 2019|

Noelia’s family was struggling with money, and Noelia was struggling in the Philadelphia school system, when they decided to contact the children’s home for help. Despite moving far from her home, Noelia, then eight years old, was already familiar with one aspect of her new environment: her two older brothers lived there. “Philadelphia wasn’t that [...]

Taking a Unique Path to Success

August 7th, 2019|

George Kahler never knew his parents well. His mother passed away from bone cancer when he was just 2 years old, and his father died of a heart attack three years later. George was the youngest of five children. His brother, Ray, was closest in age and only nine years old when their father passed [...]

The Drive to Keep Going

August 7th, 2019|

Joanne Westafer’s childhood was like a fairytale, filled with long summer days outdoors and stretches of homegrown vegetables and roaming chickens in her backyard. It was a “happy, yet simple time” that she still remembers vividly today at age 88. Joanne’s father was a “busy-body” who devoted his time and energy to her and her [...]

Life at a Crossroads

March 8th, 2019|

Fourteen years ago, the children’s home received a call from a secretary at a local church. She said she knew of a 17-year-old boy in her daughter’s class who was homeless. The boy’s father had thrown him out of the house, because his new girlfriend did not “like” him. The boy visited the children’s home [...]

Teaching Cooking Skills & Kindness

March 7th, 2019|

Born and raised in Elizabethtown, house parent Shelley Smith remembers going to school with kids living at the Masonic Children’s Home in the 1970s. “They were always so well-dressed and well-spoken,” she remembers. “It always seemed like they had everything they needed.” Now, as a part-time house parent in Dougherty Cottage, Shelley knows it’s possible [...]

An “Average Guy” with a Desire to Help

March 7th, 2019|

Billy Graham; Roy Halladay; Aretha Franklin. These are just a few of the public figures who have influenced Stu Brown during his 90 years of life. Each time an idol passes, he makes a gift in his or her memory to his favorite charity. He also does this for friends and family. “I could send [...]

Friendship for the Ages

March 7th, 2019|

When Amos made the journey from his Philadelphia home to the children’s home seven years ago, he was surprised in many ways. He was surprised to see the Lancaster County countryside that was so different from his city life. He was also surprised that he could go miles without seeing someone. The biggest surprise of [...]

From Surviving to Inspiring

March 7th, 2019|

How different would life be if there was a rewind button? Fortunately, thanks to the children’s home, 24-year-old Cole Tamarri (far left, pictured with his fellow 2013 graduates) was able to experience the next best thing: a second chance. Cole grew up in the Midwest, often moving from home to home. He was living on [...]

An Unexpected Gift of Purpose

November 8th, 2018|

This house parent feels he has found his true calling in raising and supporting young men at the children’s home. Often, it’s the opportunities you don’t see coming that have the biggest impact on your life. John Tracy’s unexpected opportunity was becoming a house parent of teenage boys at the Weller Cottage. After John graduated [...]

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