Shaping Kids’ Lives

Make our unique mission your own. Team up with your spouse to manage a caring home for children from low-income families at an amazing pre-K through 12 residential school.

Full-Time Houseparents - Hershey, PA
Job #16000114

Provide active care and supervision for a group of 9 to 12 students, all boys or all girls of a similar age, living with them in well-appointed campus homes in Hershey, PA.

Houseparent couples (HPs) actively mentor children in caring, well-structured homes. HPs partner with a learning community of teachers, health professionals, administrators and students’ parents/guardians to ensure students reach his or her full potential.

In addition to mentoring students social, emotional, moral, and spiritual development, HPs oversee the children’s daily lives, including the start of their day (healthy breakfast, appropriate dress and off to school on a timely basis), as well as upon their return from classes (healthy dinners, homework, chores, driving to/from extracurriculars in school vans, etc.). Weekends include recreational opportunities and Sunday chapel service attendance. Judeo-Christian values are to be taught and upheld.


It's all about the kids. The requirements help ensure students' growth and success.

  • High school graduate or college education.
  • Must meet age and family status requirements.
  • Experience working with children (preferably children from low-income or similar challenged settings).
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
  • Must be able to work with either gender students, as well as age groups.
  • Ability to successfully complete extensive clearance process.
  • Ability to meet health and physical requirements of the position.
  • Driving records and credit history in good standing.
  • Demonstrated high degree of organizational skills.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a high degree of integrity, as all MHS staff are considered to be role models for MHS students.

Non-Smoking campus.

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Beyond the personal satisfaction of making a positive contribution to the development of a new generation, HPs receive:

  • A rent-free private apartment, meals and utilities.
  • A comprehensive benefits package.
  • Certified houseparent training.
  • Relocation assistance.
  • Use of athletic and fitness facilities.
  • A family-friendly lifestyle in a great location just a few hours from Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

HPs begin working in a "flex arrangement," working in a variety of homes until placed in an assigned home or quad of homes.

This is a year-round position. HPs work 12 days on and three days off. Private apartments for the houseparents are provided, and couples are permitted to have two of their own children residing with them. NO PETS permitted.

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