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The Carpenter's House for Children is celebrating their 40th year of helping children!

Helping the Orphan children around the world in their adventure for a new life fulling future through medical intervention, rehabilitation, and education. 

The Carpenter’s House provides a safe refuge for children who come from orphanages in third-world countries, many of whom have experienced dismal poverty, near starvation or suffer from life-threatening medical conditions that cannot be adequately treated in their home country.

Adopting these children into their home — and their hearts — the Manfredis provide a foundation of values and responsibility, and a lifetime of love and support to the children of The Carpenter's House. Although raising up to 18 children under one roof presents challenges, the Manfredis consider themselves blessed to be able to help make a difference.

Supported solely by donations, The Carpenter's House operates on a very lean budget to provide food, shelter, clothes, medical care, school supplies and toys for the children in its care. Citing a "call from God" as their motivation, the Manfredis devoted their lives to providing hope to the hopeless, love to the forgotten and opportunity to the unfortunate. Although the couple has a seemingly unending supply of faith and determination to forge a good life for their children, they can't do it alone. They need your help.

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Many of our kids need rehabiliation for a wide range of issues from birth defects to mental health care.

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Latest News from The Carpenter's House

January 23, 2017

Local Church Surprises 14 Needy Children With New Laptops

carpenters house for childrenOriginal Article Appeared in The Villages Daily Sun

by Rachel Stuart - Daily Sun Staff Writer

Pat and Linda Manfredi have 14 children.

They aren’t their biological children, but the couple sure does treat each and every one as their own.

About 40 years ago, the couple started The Carpenter’s House for Children, where they take in abused and abandoned children from all over the world.

“It was definitely God calling,” Linda said. “It takes an awful lot to do this. We just follow God’s direction.”

Although caring for children in need is a blessing for the couple, they still need all the help they can get, as they are supported solely by donations.

The Garden Worship Center in Belleview supports 30 local charities, including The Carpenter’s House for Children.

As part of its monthly Fish Fry event Friday, the church surprised the 14children with Christmas gifts they never expected to receive.

“Fourteen kids are using one laptop. When they told us that, we all got together to raise money for these kids. They’ve always had to share something their entire life,” said Norman Lee Schaffer, the church’s pastor.

With his in mind, it took church members two weeks to raise $3,000 and purchase 14 computers for the children, who range from elementary to college students.

“They emailed us and very humbly asked for one used computer to help the kids. When somebody comes up to you and humbly asks for something, it just breaks your heart. We blessed their socks off,” he said. “They’ve learned to share everything they had. They finally had something that was their very own gift.”

The children’s eyes widened as they each received their new laptop.

“It’s unbelievable. Our kids were able to get brand new things that they never dreamed of,” Linda said.

Linda said she was able to see the excitement and joy on her children’s faces, and she is grateful to have the church’s powerful prayer and continuous love.

“From a spiritual standpoint, they got to understand the gift of love and giving,” she said.

“The church blessed us, and in turn, the kids bless them by their love. These kids have a very special love for The Garden Worship Center.”

The children plan to go back to the church this week, and personally thank the pastor.

But Schaffer said it is what Pat and Linda do that makes a difference in the children’s lives.

“What they do is an amazing thing. They’re the ones that are doing the job, we’re just helping them,” he said.

December 6, 2016

A Wonderful Holiday

We at the Carpenter's House wish all a wonderful holiday season filled with many blessings.