A Sanctuary of Protection and Support
Bethany Children’s Home
In our unique and specialized programs, youth have access to a variety of therapeutic, spiritual, and cultural services in addition to recreational activities. Youth reside on campus in one of our historic cottages with a family comprised of house parents, support staff and resident advisors. Explore the tabs above to learn more about Bethany Children’s Home, how we support local youth, and how you can help us help youth succeed in their goals to be reunified in the community!
Bethany Children’s Home vision is of a community where all youth and staff are safe in their environment and feel safe within themselves. To bring this vision into reality, we provide the resources needed to children and families to work through their losses, enabling them to have a brighter future.
The mission of Bethany Children’s Home is to provide a safe place of nurture, protection, and supportive care to aid our residents in their self-understanding, growth, and healing toward a brighter, healthier future.
Bethany Children’s Home is affiliated with many industry and community organizations, including:
- Association of Fundraising Professionals
- Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
- Conrad Weiser Rotary
- Hugh Smith and Associates
- Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Take Heart Counseling and Equine Therapy
We are now certified as a “Specialized Setting,” one of only four agencies in Pennsylvania, for victims of trafficking and youth transitioning into adulthood. The specialized setting certification is a component of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, signed into law in 2018.
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The support we receive from community partners and donors ensures we can continue to help children in their healing journey.
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Alumnus Bill "Pop" Augustine created a memorial garden for his late wife, Anna. Bill and Anna met at Bethany and were married in the Bausman Memorial Chapel on campus. They were married for more than 50 years. Bill tends the garden and plants flowers each year in...
Two Bethany Children's Home alumni recently renewed their vows this past Saturday in the Bausman Memorial Chapel. Fred and Mickey DeLong celebrated 50 years of marriage with their friends and family in the chapel. Their ceremony was officiated by our campus security...
Congratulations to Sarah Sechrist, Team Member of the Month for March! Sarah is our Professional Learning & Development Supervisor. She always goes above and beyond, and embodies the mission and spirit of Bethany. This honor is well deserved! Way to go, Sarah!