Frequently Asked Questions

The Carpenter’s House is a 501(c)3 organization based in Lake County, Fla. that offers a safe refuge for abandoned or disadvantaged children. Supported solely by donations, The Carpenter’s House mission is to provide a stable and nurturing environment for children from around the world to live, learn and grow.

Founders Pat and Linda Manfredi run The Carpenter’s House — serving as the directors, caretakers and, most importantly, Mom and Dad to all the children in their care.

The majority of the children are matched through missionaries working in third world countries, mainly in the West Indies. Most come from orphanages and have experienced dismal poverty and near starvation, or suffer from life-threatening medical conditions that cannot be adequately treated in their home country.

In order to be brought into the country, the child must have:

  • Permission through U.S. and international courts 
  • Medical Visa
  • Birth certificate
  • Current immunizations

The Carpenter's House must provide:

  • Proof of medical insurance 
  • Proof of financial stability 
  • Verification that a pediatrician will provide medical care for the child 

The U.S. Embassy must approve the documentation in order for The Carpenter's House to gain legal custody.

None of the above. Most of the children who live at The Carpenter’s House are in the process of applying for U.S. citizenship. Most stay at the house until they are of legal age. Some complete the citizenship process, while others return to their country of origin.

Since 1976, The Carpenter’s House has helped approximately 140 children.

Currently, there are 16 children, ranging in age from two to 19. The most the house served at one time was 18.

The biggest expense is food – commonly costing more than $2,500 per month. The average monthly electric bill is about $700, and water is $40.

The Carpenter’s House goes through a lot of food. To give you an idea, a typical breakfast consists of: 2 gallons of milk, 1 gallon of juice, 2 boxes of oatmeal, 1 loaf of bread, 20 eggs and 12 pieces of fruit.

The Carpenter’s House has health insurance for the children. Additional medical expenses not covered are either paid for by donations or provided pro bono by The Carpenter’s House’s pediatrician.

The process of transitioning out of the house is tailored according to each child's needs. Upon turning 18, some attend college or technical school, join the military or go into the ministry. Some get jobs and build a life here in the U.S., while others return to their native country.