Christel House International
10 W. Market Street
Barbara "Bobbi" Bosch
Christel DeHaan, Joe P. Schneider, Cheryl Wendling, Barbara Bosch
Christel DeHaan, Nancy Gillespie, Nelson Hitchcock, Donald E. Knebel, Martha D. Lamkin, Guido Neels, Neil H. Offen, Marcia Rowley, Gail Shiel Mahoney, Dennert Ware, Matthew Will, Cheryl Wendling, Gordon S Gurnik, Judy Kleiner
Christel House helps children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society.
Some children live in a sheet metal shack. Others in a cement-block room, informal settlement or public housing. Yet, no matter where they live, all Christel House children share one thing: the dream of a better life.
Education is a major component of the Christel House program. Our comprehensive, holistic approach to child development also includes: health and wellness programs, life skill and character development, work-study and job-placement opportunities, and parent and community outreach.
Education - a pathway to a better life
Christel House emphasizes education and good citizenship. Children have a longer school day and longer school year. Time on task makes a difference. Our curriculum is rigorous and complemented by technology, foreign language, art, music and activities that develop life skills, character and community service.
Our Work-Study program helps graduates further their education through university or technical studies, and apprenticeships. Work-Study students receive career counseling, and assistance with university enrollment and job placement as well as medical support, stipends for books and transportation.
Health and Wellness
Good health and proper nourishment are pre-requisites for learning and quality of life. Christel House children receive two nutritional meals a day, which in many cases may be the child's only nourishment.
Each child receives regular medical and dental checkups, hearing and vision screenings, and immunizations in accordance with World Health Organization standards. Ongoing medical care is provided, as well as group and individual therapy for children exposed to violence, abandonment, bereavement and abuse.
Christel House learning centers are non-residential facilities. We believe a greater impact is achieved by working with the child, the family and the community. Parents are expected to volunteer and partner with us to support the success of every child. This holistic approach is an effective means of poverty alleviation, community development, and systemic change.
Community Outreach workshops include topics such as conflict resolution, nutrition, health and hygiene, substance abuse, family planning, parenting skills and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Additionally, our social workers provide resources to parents and children coping with domestic violence, neglect or abuse.
Work Study - Keeping the door open to a brighter future.
Education has always been a great equalizer, and a pathway to a better life. Our students remain in school and our graduation rates are in the 90th percentile-a remarkable statistic for any school, especially if serving a high-risk population. Extensive career counseling helps students identify professions and select universities or technical schools. Graduates continue to receive Christel House services while they continue their education. As alumni, they are encouraged to volunteer and support Christel House financially.
At the very heart of Christel House, you'll discover four Core Values-Respect, Responsibility, Independence and Integrity-universal principles that help children grow to become responsible citizens, caring parents and productive members of society.