MASONIC CHILDRENS HOME
The Masonic Home for Children opened its doors, and its heart, to children in need when California Masons founded an orphanage in Decoto, Calif. in 1898. In 1915 the Home was permanently moved to Southern California.
The Home provides state-of-the-art, residentially-based services in a safe, caring, structured and nurturing environment for children who have been abused, neglected, abandoned or impoverished.
Each of the 6,200 square-foot, seven-bedroom homes built in 2002 accommodate six children in a neighborhood setting on the campus of the Masonic Home at Covina senior living community. The children have the opportunity to engage with our seniors through many intergenerational activities.
As the children’s program has evolved, the philosophy of care has changed from being child-centered to one that is family-centered, working in partnership with the child and family to prepare everyone for reunification at a time when it is indicated. For those children who do not have family with whom to reunify, we are committed to providing a stable environment through their childhood.
The program prepares the children to become successful and productive members of the community by teaching social skills, assisting them with their academic endeavors, and providing them with the independent living skills training that will assist them as they reach adulthood.
Support for the children and their families continues after discharge through our Family Resource Services with parenting classes, Project Fatherhood, and family therapy.
For more information about Children’s Services, visit www.masonichome.org.