Volume LVNovember 2008Number 4

Referrals Welcome at Masonic Children's Home

The Masonic Children's Home, located on the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown campus, currently has a few openings to serve school-aged children. The children's home has the capacity to serve 40 youth within its five cottages, and provides its residents with clothing, medical services and numerous educational and recreational opportunities. The children are encouraged to participate in activities, sports, music, art and worship of their preference. They attend the Elizabethtown Area School District and/or the Lancaster Career and Technology Center and are given the tools they need to reach their full potential; in fact, last marking period, 15 students attained the honor roll, and two the distinguished honor roll. Upon graduation, the youth receive financial support for higher education.

The Masonic Children's Home is an ideal opportunity for children who are orphaned, being raised by aging grandparents, or who come from various socio-economic environments which do not provide the security and support necessary for healthy growth and development. Most importantly, prospective children must want to come to the children's home and take advantage of the opportunities afforded them.

Oftentimes, the children's home can accept sibling groups so they are not separated from each another. The children's home is able to provide additional tutoring services for children with learning disabilities and provide them the extra help they need to be successful in school.

The type of children who are not appropriate for residency include those with extreme treatment needs, police involvement or serious behavioral issues, in order to best serve all of the youth within a group setting.

Licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the Masonic Children's Home has an excellent reputation as a quality program. Children are cared for at no cost to the family; the Masonic Children's Home works with local lodges to sponsor them.

The children's home is privately funded through Pennsylvania Masons and generous donors, and does not accept any state or federal funding.

If you know of a child who needs a good home and who would benefit from this type of environment, please refer the parent(s) or guardian(s) to Ms. Virginia Migrala, Director, Children's Services, (717) 367-1121, ext. 33301, or via e-mail.

More information is available online at www.masonicvillagespa.org.

Masonic Children's Home Wish List
Many thanks to those who have provided for many of the needs listed in the August issue of "The Pennsylvania Freemason." Below are some additional opportunities to enhance the services provided to our youth:
1 Deck for younger girls' cottage$5,200
1 Deck for older girls' cottage $5,200
1 Projector $2,000
10 Dining room chairs @ $200 $2,000
10 Study chairs @ $200$2,000
2 Basketball backboards @ $450 $900
2 Stationary bike racks @ $400 $800
4 Bike racks for vans @ $200 $800
1 Wii/fitness/games/accessories $650
1 Portable DVD player $200
2 Paper shredders/study @ $100 $200
If you would like to contribute toward any of these items, please contact Jim Heckman, Director of Gift Planning-Central Region, at (717) 367-1121, ext. 33437 or toll-free (800) 599-6454.

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