Aug. 29, 2013

Contact: Bevin Theodore
Director of PR & Communications

Retired KidsPeace employee lived at Wiley House as child

Joanne Miquel never knew of the connection to her youth until she was hired.

SCHNECKSVILLE – When Joanne Miquel applied for a job at KidsPeace in late 2003, she had no idea the organization was the former Wiley House, where she and her sister grew up.

Miquel, who retired Friday from her job in KidsPeace’s Food Services Department, lived in Wiley House for five years as a child, when it still operated as an orphanage. She never realized the connection to her childhood home until she was in new-employee orientation and learned of KidsPeace’s history. She said she felt like she had come full circle.

She has positive memories of the time she and her sister spent at Wiley House and credits the staff with giving her the family she lost after her parents divorced and her father was unable to care for them on his own. Working at KidsPeace allowed her to give back to the organization that had helped her.

To arrange an interview with Miquel, call 610-799-7797.

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For 130 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit Follow us at or on Twitter @KidsPeace.