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The Italian Home for Children

The devastating influenza epidemic of 1918 orphaned many Italian children of Boston's North End, and the community and clergy responded by establishing the Italian Home for Children to care for these orphans. During the first fifty years, Franciscan sisters devoted their lives to raising and teaching thousands of children at the Home. As decades passed, the needs of the children arriving at the Italian Home began to reflect more complex crises.

Today, the Italian Home for Children is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and serves children aged 4 to 13 years old throughout the state. The Italian Home operates as a residential and day treatment facility for emotionally and behaviorally challenged children of all races, nationalities and religions. On any given day about 100 children attend the programs in the Jamaica Plain campus, while about 20 children are enrolled in the Cranwood programs in East Freetown, MA. The services provided by the Italian Home for Children are directed toward a primary goal: the reunification of the children with their own or alternative families and/or the preservation of families at risk.

Please visit to learn more about the Italian Home’s services and programs as well as other ways you can get involved and help children who are less fortunate.

Cucina Italiana -  11 oz Jar
Cucina Italiana, the scent of freshly baked Italian bread, was created to help raise funds for The Italian Home for Children. The scent reminds us of the importance of love and having a home - the enduring goals of The Italian Home for Children.

A portion of all proceeds will be donated directly to The Italian Home for Children.


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