3 Albert Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603
(845) 473-7849 

Brenna's Home-Ukraine

Brenna's Home provides a safe environment for children to receive physical, emotional, and spiritual nurture.  The children who live there may be "true" orphans, with no parents, or they may be "virtual" orphans, meaning that due to alcoholism, drug addiction, or other social reasons, they are neglected by either one or both parents.  In some cases they may have suffered different types of abuse.

The home began early in 2005, with three young teens in a two-room flat.  Later that year, a two-bedroom flat was rented, and became the home for four children.  For the next three years, there were additional children who came and then left for different reasons, but typically there were at least four or five children living in Brenna's Home.  Late in 2008, a decision was made to purchase a three-bedroom flat in another nearby building.  We moved into that facility in January, 2009, with five children.  By the beginning of 2011, we had seven children, and became aware that the three-bedroom flat directly below was for sale.  We moved forward in faith with the purchase of that space in May 2011.  Since that time we have constructed two new balconies with a staircase to join the flats into one common unit, and our family has grown to as many as 14 children!

Brenna's Home is exactly that-a HOME.  It is not an orphanage, but a desirable alternative to an orphanage.  The children view each other as brothers and sisters.  The housemothers are "Mama."  During the last several years we have developed an excellent reputation with the city authorities in "Children's Services."  This has enabled us the opportunity to take more children who would otherwise be placed in an orphanage.

We are fortunate to have two wonderful women as full-time housemothers, who share the main responsibilities of the home.  They attend to the meals, cleaning, laundry, shopping, and help with homework.  The children also are expected to help with their own chores and responsibilities.  During 2012, we added an additional housemother  who works part-time with the extra burden of feeding and maintaining a home of 14 active children.

One additional resource that we consider part of our "team" is our translator, Sergei. Sergei travels many hours from his home in Southern Ukraine to join us for our trips to Lutsk.  He has faithfully served not only as translator, but has worn many different "hats" for us, and most importantly, he has a heart for the children and enjoys being able to serve them.

The Brenna Engle Foundation provides the financial support for all aspects of the ongoing operation of Brenna's Home.  The Foundation is managed and run through non-paid volunteers.  Financial donations are used for the direct support of the children in Brenna's Home or to cover minimal administrative costs.