Carpenter's House Rebuilds Lives

Their faces are bright. Their spirits are high. Their stories are compelling.

When Pat and Linda Manfredi started The Carpenter’s House in 1978 with one baby, it was hard to imagine where this road would lead — and just how many children’s lives they would save.

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.

More than three decades later, 140 abandoned, displaced, underprivileged and medically needy children have experienced love and compassion at The Carpenter’s House. Today, Pat and Linda continue to serve as founders, directors, caretakers and — most importantly — Mom and Dad to all the children who call The Carpenter’s House “home.”