About Bethany

Bethany Children’s Home has been providing brighter futures in Berks County, PA since 1863.

Mission & Vision

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.

Our vision is of a community where all youth and team members 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.

Bethany Children’s Home Board of Directors

Dr. Betsy Adams, Chairperson
Steve Bobick, Vice-Chairperson
Douglas Yeakle, Treasurer
Kedri Metzger, Secretary
Rev. Kimberly Berenotto, At-Large Member

Rev. John Folk, At-Large Member
John Karahuta, At-Large Member
Hector Feliciano
Clay Gray
Lori Harvey
Sandra Kolson
Colleen Murphy
Rev. Drew Neidig

Ladies Visiting & Advisory Committee

Sandra Kolson, President

Sue Witham, Treasurer

Mary Ann Bossard
Diane Campbell
Judy Haluska
Regina Lebo
Barbara Mays


Doris Moser
Susanne Parks
Linda Enders Roxberry
Sue Snyder
Judi Wahl

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Bethany Farm

Bethany’s Dairy Farm, rented to a local farmer, houses 70 cows and 78 Heifers (all Holsteins). The cows are milked twice a day and each produces about 95 pounds of milk per day.

The farm includes 130 acres of growing fields to raise corn, hay, and soybeans as feed for the cows. The farm has produced milk and raised crops since 1873.

Bethany Springs

In 2012, Bethany Home formed Bethany Springs, LLC (Springs), a for-profit entity of Bethany Home. Springs sells fresh spring water from Bethany’s mountain property to Crystal Springs and Blue Triton. The revenue generated from sales support Bethany’s therapeutic services.


Joint Commission Accreditation

Bethany Children’s Home has earned The Joint
Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care and Human Services Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.
Bethany Children’s Home underwent a rigorous review in September. During the review that spanned several days, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Behavioral Health Care and Human Services standards spanning several areas including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, and medication management, among others.
The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve
performance. The surveyors also conducted observations and interviews.


Team members, youth receiving services, parents/guardians, vendors, contracted agencies, and the public can contact Bethany Children’s Home at any time to report concerns about the safety and quality of care of the youth served.  Contacts include:

Joseph Birli
Chief Executive Officer
1863 Bethany Road
Womelsdorf, PA 19567

Amy Sterner
Director of Quality Improvement and Compliance
1863 Bethany Road
Womelsdorf, PA 19567

Concerns can also be report to The Joint Commission.
The Joint Commission
1515 West 22nd Street
Suite 1300 W
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Click here for the 2022 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.

Get In Contact With Us

Mailing Address

Bethany Children's Home
P.O. Box 93
Womelsdorf, PA 19567

Contact Us

Phone: (610) 589-4501
Fax: (610) 589-5771
Email: info@bethanyhome.org
To make a referral to any of our group home programs, please email Bethany at bethanyreferral@ bethanyhome.org.

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