About Us


“Second Home supports the whole child and opens a path to a more abundant life.”  – Pastor Bob Humphrey, Muhlenberg Lutheran Church

Second Home Mission

We provide children with a safe place to learn and grow, we offer support that ensures academic success, and we strive to have each child recognize their potential.

Second Home Vision

We envision a community where all children are afforded the same opportunities to thrive, and barriers of poverty and difference are overcome.

Second Home Values

We respect the value and potential of every child. We seek to model the positive social interactions we want our youth to exhibit. We recognize our children are parts of families, and we engage those families as partners.

“I’m not afraid the teacher will call on me. I get help with my homework and now I know all the answers” – Second Home student

Second Home is a community supported, affordable, and academically focused before and after school care program supporting some of the most marginalized families in Harrisonburg, VA. Second Home is licensed and a United Way partner agency. Since 2007, Second Home has helped hundreds of students improve academically with special focus on Math and Literacy. Our students have learned social and life skills, and participated in character building, healthy lifestyle, and career exploration activities. Field trips, community service projects, hands on STEM activities, and visitors from the community have enhanced our students’ learning experience while helping to reduce the 6000 hour learning gap most of them face during the first decade of their childhood. Second Home provides long lasting benefits by helping children who were previously at risk because they were home alone. Prevention of drug use, gang activity, as well as inspiration for success in school, may give hope to these children for a step up from poverty and a more promising future.

Click here to see our documentary by John M. Woody.

Upcoming Events!

There are no upcoming events at the moment.

Due to COVID-19, we will operate as a full-day child care center during the Fall of 2020 – 2021, offering safety and academic assistance to Harrisonburg City Public School students who are affected by the mostly virtual delivery of education in Harrisonburg. Our goal is to keep our fees affordable to low income families. If you are able, please consider donating towards our scholarship fund and help us make sure that families, regardless of their financial situation, can afford quality care for their children.