As a college student in the 1980’s, Lamb Foundation Founder Donna Mengel could not walk among the homeless people she encountered on her way to classes at Temple University in Philadelphia without feeling the need to do something. Because of her strong Christian convictions, Mengel was not content to simply buy sandwiches for the hungry homeless. She began formulating plans to provide decent homes for homeless people.
The Lamb Foundation is Born
Mengel started with her own home in North Wales Borough. She inquired into Aging and Adult Services of Montgomery County for an opportunity to help meet the county’s housing needs in some small way, and was directed to a program called Domiciliary Care. Within a month, the first three Lamb Foundation residents joined a bustling multi‑generational home with parents, teenagers, and younger children—her own and adopted children, including those with developmental disabilities.
As word got out about Lamb Foundation services, the list of applicants grew and another home was purchased nearby. Since its founding in 1987, the Lamb Foundation has acquired, improved, furnished, and staffed more than 55 home units, ranging from single studios and shared apartments to large, stately homes.
The Lamb Foundation is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and does not rely on government funding. Just as important as donations are the program fees paid by residents on an agreed ability-to-pay basis.
The Lamb Foundation also operates the Sweet Repeats Family Thrift Shop and Sweet E Repeats eBay store to generate funds to cover operating expenses. The proceeds go directly into the Lamb Foundation’s general fund.
Donations and Grants
The Lamb Foundation actively seeks and gratefully accepts grants, awards, project seed money, and private donations from generous individuals, organizations, and private foundations.
Find out how you can donate new, used, and unique items or give a financial gift to the Lamb Foundation.