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Throughout the world - and over the years - several Grand Lodges have sponsored Children's Homes (formerly referred to as 'orphanages'). With changing involvement by government, some jurisdictions have closed the facilities that once served a very important role in society: helping to care for those who needed care most but who were shunned by society.
The homes continue in some locations, though. North Carolina is a wonderful example. Since 1873, the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford has sought to provide, for deserving children in need, a program of holistic care which includes moral guidance, physical supervision, mental training, and medical intervention, to the end that each child is provided a well-rounded basis for wise decisions, including reuniting with family, as the child approaches adulthood and independent living.
Offering long term residential care financial assistance for higher education to children in North Carolina, it accepts children based on need and assistance "without discrimination as to race, color, national origin, sex, (or) religious denomination."
An Assistant Superintendent of the School, Rev. B. Patrick Cox writes this about its history:
Oxford is indeed a monument to the caring concern of Freemasons in North Carolina and has been a blessing to the many children who have come into its halls. You can find out much more about the Home by pointing your browser here.
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