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MHS Houseparents Use Military Background to Foster Positive Character

Marty and Angela Brand started their youth-minded careers working within their church for more than 12 years. With experience in mentoring children, they decided they may be a good fit as houseparents at Milton Hershey School.

MHS employs more than 200 houseparent couples to provide MHS students with a structured and caring home away from home.

“Someone used the term ‘houseparent’ and curiosity lead us to the internet,” Marty said. “MHS was unique and stood out above the rest—so we applied.”

Marty Brand with student

Marty served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 to 1992. His military background has provided valuable structure to the Brands’ student home—organized by gender and houses up to 12 students from the same division.

“During my time in the service, I was taught discipline, courage facing adversity, and displaying positive character—all qualities that I bring into our role at MHS,” Marty said.

Brands Christmas Houseparents with students

The Brands have been MHS houseparents for almost five years. They use their faith as a guidepost for their role.

“Becoming houseparents has given us the opportunity to instill wisdom, gratitude, and character along with unconditional love to students that would be missing these opportunities elsewhere,” Marty said.

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