• "I was so proud of my girl, getting up on stage and singing her heart out. Kurn Hattin is building her up with so much confidence. I will be forever grateful for what you are doing for my little girl."

    ~ Brenda Boisjolie Arce, Mother

  • "I can’t help reiterating my admiration and thanks to a wonderful haven for needy children and one which has provided guidance, education and encouragement to many, many children, who have gone on to lead meaningful adulthood lives, some who have become leaders in society.”

    ~James Barschdorf, Class of 1944

  • “I’m so proud to have been at Kurn Hattin. It turned my life around and put me on the right track. I’m not sure where I would have been otherwise. And I believe I was the only boy who made ‘Eagle Scout’ at that time.”

    ~ Peter Stavrou, Class of 1951

  • "Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth. It’s a phrase I associate with my upbringing at Kurn Hattin. I attended Kurn Hattin from 3rd to 8th grade and was given security, consistency, guidance, and direction. The girls, boys, teachers, and houseparents became my forever family.”

    ~Kim (Sherrick) Dawson, Class of 1982

  • "The lessons of life that I still carry today were taught to me at Kurn Hattin 50 plus years ago. Although many of my teachers who stood at the ‘fork in the road’ are gone, I carry on their legacy. And now I stand at the fork in the road to point the way for those who follow.”

    ~Jerry L. Bardwell, Class of 1973, Trustee

  • “Kurn Hattin was the best choice my family ever made for me. When I was in the 8th grade I didn’t want to leave.”

    ~Kristen McDaniel, Class of 1991

  • "I’m grateful to have had the experience at Kurn Hattin Homes, which was my and my brother’s ‘village’ that made such a positive mark on our lives.”

    ~Rhonda (Gaudreau) Nolan, Class of 1977, Incorporator

  • "I support Kurn Hattin partly for sentimental reasons and as a teacher, I know the needs of children who no longer can live at home. I like their philosophy—to return the children home to their families. The families are given time to strengthen and heal. The children are given every chance to succeed and find their own niche whether it is with music, sports, writing, or animals."

    ~ Carol Howe, Friend & Supporter

  • "Discipline, respect, loyalty, and love are what I learned from the houseparents. I have 3 older brothers and we all went there. Thanks Kurn Hattin–Always the place I call home."

    ~Stephen Smith, Class of 1994

  • "I love Kurn Hattin and miss it like crazy.  Kristi Lisai, thank you for being the BEST English teacher ever, being so easy to talk to, and teaching me how to be such a good writer!  Richard M. Long, thank you for never giving up on me when I would do so badly in social studies.  And to all of the other teachers and staff, just thank you for being my ... AWESOME TEACHERS!"

    ~ Chelsea Candello, Class of 2012

  • "My son has since graduated from high school and just turned 18! He’s an accomplished jazz musician and artist. Thank you Kurn Hattin for all you do for children.” 

    ~Chantal Paulino, Mother

  • "I didn’t know how to make friends. I had a lot of problems. I felt like I was stuck in quicksand. Then I came to Kurn Hattin. It was a slow process, but I was given a lot of structure and I needed and responded to that structure.“

    ~Christiana Mylott, Class of 2018

  • “Best years of my life. I’m now 36 married and have 3 beautiful daughters. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for everything this school did for me. Kurn Hattin definitely made me the man I am today.”

    ~Tom Adkins, Class of 1995

  • "The area I came from wasn’t the best environment. Though I didn’t want to be here at first, I’d say my mom did the right thing. The houseparents are like family. They changed my life. I matured in all aspects from being a little kid to growing into a man.”

    ~Jacob Edwards, Class of 2018

  • "Kurn Hattin provided advice, support, and encouragement to pursue my dreams. The most important lesson I learned was to be humble, kind, and help those who were less fortunate. Because of Kurn Hattin, I have found my voice, my purpose in life, and my passion to help those who are in need.”

    ~Heather Kampfer, Class of 2001, Alumni Association President

  • "Kurn Hattin gave me guidance and structure when I needed it most. Kurn Hattin was the most perfect support my parents could have asked for. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. Kurn Hattin is that village”

    ~Gizenia Boyd, Class of 2005

  • "I still remember walking into Kurn Hattin. The scared little girl I was. Seeing myself grow over the years has been a blessing. But I never could have done it without the backbone of my forever home. Thank you, all of you. I really did it. I graduated high school!"

    ~ Makiah Curtis, Class of 2012

Kurn Hattin Homes’ Staff Refresh Campus in Anticipation of the Children’s Return

April 16, 2020

Kurn Hattin staff have been busy refreshing the campus in anticipation of the children’s return when it is safe to do so. Residential Services staff created an organization plan for several buildings and the storage spaces to give them "new life" by being cleaned up, given a fresh coat of paint, and an inventory done of supplies. The camping and fishing equipment rooms are in great shape for the children’s summer activities. A room has been designated for all the holiday items and a new space has been created for the Monarchs Dance Ensemble to rehearse and store their items. The daunting task of inventorying and re-organizing the clothes locker is underway. 

The primary job of all of our residential staff is staying in consistent contact with our children through calls, cards, emails, and dropping off items to those who live locally. In addition to that very important work, they are cleaning and organizing each cottage—inside and out—working with our maintenance crew to re-paint some rooms, and getting each cottage in tip-top shape in anticipation of our children's return. The maintenance crew has the school and floors sparkling clean. 

“I've coined the phrase "making lemonade" as a push for all of us to work together to beautify and organize this campus in eager anticipation of the children's return. We miss them so much!” states Ellen Wood, Director of Residential Services. “I can't wait to see their faces when they enter the buildings for the first time and see all the refreshing at the school and cottages. Everything that we are doing is to the benefit of the children. The common trait that all who work here carry is of being a helper and caregiver, and we are lonely without the children to brighten our days. Our work is just not the same without the sounds of the children on campus, and them keeping us all on our toes to be the best role models and support for them.” 

“Through our comprehensive outreach plan, we are staying in close connection with each child,” Ms. Wood continues. “When I get to see a child through a glass door as I drop off a card to a family, it just makes my day better and gives me more pep in my step to make it through this unprecedented time in our world.” 

As we all manage our way through this global pandemic, we at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children hope that you and your families stay safe and well. www.kurnhattin.org


Alicia Keating, Office Assistant for Residential Services painting a room for the children’s use.