Lessons Learned for a Lifetime

April 20th, 2020|

Andre Dunbar-Smith, a 2014 children’s home graduate, values self-reflection. He’s constantly thinking of ways to improve his character, actions and motives in life. Andre credits the children’s home for this trait. “They teach you to look in the mirror at yourself and make yourself better,” Andre said. “You don’t have a mom and a dad, [...]

A Life Spent Helping Others

April 17th, 2020|

During her career as an ampoule operator for narcotics at McNeil Laboratories, Trudi Prath was famous for clearing the snow off of her coworkers’ cars in the winter.

Finding a Sense of Self

November 20th, 2019|

Rina is known among her friend group as “the jokester.” She loves to make people laugh and encourage them to just be in the moment. However, she hasn’t always been so generous with her humor or open to new friendships.

Making the Impossible, Possible

November 20th, 2019|

Melinda Tkacs moved around a lot as a child. She first lived with her father. He then left her with her aunt and uncle in California, and soon after, she went to live with her grandmother. When Melinda entered into high school, she didn’t think many educational opportunities were possible for her. College after graduation seemed at an even larger distance.

Dreaming Big While Having a “Ball”

November 20th, 2019|

Arthur, now age 24, is a 2014 Masonic Children’s Home alumnus and 2018 Bloomsburg University graduate. He currently works as an inside sales representative for the Philadelphia Union soccer team in Chester, Pennsylvania.

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 [...]

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