Northern Home for Children
5301 Ridge Ave.
Northern Home for Children and Family Services was founded in 1853 to provide residential care for homeless children, generally orphans of the civil war. In the 1960s the residential program changed to house only boys. Today, the agency provides an emergency shelter and longer-term residential program (up to one and one half years) for abused and neglected boys age ten to fourteen. Additionally, NHCFS works with children and their families in the community, providing foster care placement, family therapy, and even school based services. The agency is located in the Roxburough section of Philadelphia, not far from Villanova, on a large campus.
Volunteer opportunities through NHCFS may be of particular interest to Human Services majors, Education majors, and Psychology majors as well as anyone interested in mentoring and spending time with ten to fourteen year old boys.
Contact: Kevin Webber, Recreation Director and Volunteer Coordinator, ext. 1299
Volunteer Opportunities: Available 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
abuse clearances and criminal background checks are required in order to
volunteer consistently at NHCFS. The agency will pay for these clearances
if the commitment is consistent; volunteers can begin while papers are
This page was last updated May, 2005
Last Modified: Thu May 12 13:04:02 EDT 2005
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