Scroll_blueBethany Children’s Home has been serving youth in the community since 1863. Returning from the Civil War and doing missionary work in the South, Rev. Emanuel Boehringer witnessed so many soldiers dying but wondering “what of the children?”

He set up his own “plan for founding an orphans home” and looked for assistance through his Church Synod. Rev. Boehringer and his family did not wait on his Church’s decision to assist him but opened the doors of his own home at 402 Morris Street in Philadelphia. Caroline Engle, age 6, was the first child to be accepted on 21 September in 1863. 

Today, Bethany is home to youth ranging in age from 10-21 and serves over 300 youth per year. Through our Trauma Informed Residential, Short Term, Independent Living, and Shelter Care programs we provide therapeutic care in a homelike environment. 


Bethany is excited to announce that our 151st Anniversary Day celebration is scheduled for Friday August 15th from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM!!

We are currently looking for sponsors, vendors, and volunteers!!

Call or email today for more information! 

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Bethany is currently seeking volunteers to assist with annual fundraising events and the installation of a new community garden on our scenic campus in Womelsdorf, PA. Call today for more details! 610-589-4501