from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who supervises a residence, such as a dormitory, for young people.
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We used to keep black snakes on the roof of the dorm where I was a houseparent in Tennessee years and years ago to keep rats (and students who went up there to smoke) away.
The college then sent the letter to Kehe, who works as a houseparent to students enrolled at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa.
It is there that he encounters fellow houseparent Mary Hutton, the most beautiful woman God ever made, or, at least, Paul thinks she is.
-- Gwenn Goodale Mangine, a houseparent at an orphanage in Jacmel, Haiti, working with the missionary group "Joy in Hope".
In the late 70's I was a houseparent for adults with developmental disabilities, who had transitioned to group homes.
She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and a retired houseparent at Talladega Presbyterian Children's Home.