Each house has House Parents who are a couple with children of their own who are reared together with the Snehasadan girls or boys. Separate homes are run for girls and boys, each housing 20-30 children on an average with ages that range from 5-18+.
Snehasadan views it of vital importance that every foster home operates like a real family where the children feel safe and valued. House parenting is a 24 hour job which is extremely rewarding.
The role of the house or foster parent is difficult. Caring for so many children who have come from a harsh street environment is an immense and demanding daily task. Foster parenting is a task that requires total dedication because the parents are not only there to replace the parenting figures lost for many children but also act as role models and teachers for the Snehasadan family. Some houses that don’t have a couple to oversee the facility instead have religious sisters.
The concept of Snehasadan homes is so appreciated by the children that several ex-Snehasadan children have come back to Snehasadan as house parents.
Add : House No 1 Shamasuddin Road, Kajuwadi, Andheri East Mumbai 400099 Ph: 2830 2615
Opened: June 29, 1962
Gender: Boys only No. of children: 12-15
Add:House No. 2 Azad Road, Gundowli Gautan, Andheri East, Mumbai 400 059 Ph: 2683 4782
Opened: 1963 Gender: Boys only No. of children: 20-25This house was formerly a wooden construction. In 1988 it was built with brick and given some extra space. It does not have a garden. It is situated on the outskirts of Gundowli Village. Earlier a small village, now it is a slum area. It is close to Andheri Station (East of the railway). This home is run by Mr. Florence and Mrs. Philomena D’mello. They have two children, a son and a daughter.
House No. 3 Behind Holy Family Church Amrut Nagar, Chakala Andheri East, Mumbai 400 093 Ph: 2687 6754
Opened: 1964 Gender: Boys only No. of children: 20-25It has a history of its own built with the help of Friends of the Children’s Society. This house is constructed with bricks. It houses boys under the charge of Mr. Mahindra and Mrs. Yashoda Rai. They have two sons. It has a garden and a common playground for House No. 3 and 7. It is situated opposite the Snehasadan office. The Shilpalaya Technical Institute is located near these two homes.
House No. 4 Shankarwadi Western Express Highway Jogeshwari East, Mumbai - 400060 Ph: 6501 4008
Opened: 1964 Gender: Boys only No. of children: 20-25This house has plenty of coconut and fruit trees. It is situated along the Western Express Highway. It has a garden and a big playground. Mr. Francis and Mrs. Jacinta Aranha look after the house and the boys. They have a daughter and a son.
House No. 5 1, Nazareth Niketan Guru Shri Hargovindji Road Andheri East, Mumbai 400 093 Ph: 2826 6260
Opened: 1965 Gender: Boys only No. of children: 18-20This home used to be a garage in Zig Zag Road Bandra. Then it was moved to an apartment on the ground floor at Nazareth Niketan, Charat Singh Colony with people of the middle class. It has no garden but a small piece of land as car park and used by other people too. This home is looked after by Mr. Freddy and Mrs. Anne Furtado.
House No. 6 Shankarwadi Western Express Highway Jogeshwari East, Mumbai 400 060 Ph: 6501 4751
Opened: 1966 Gender: Boys only No. of children: 20-25It is in the same compound as House No. 4. It has a large playground which is shared with house no. 4. It is surrounded with coconut, mango, guava and chickoo trees thanks to the efforts of Bro. Molines S.J. It was reconstructed in 1965 with brick construction. Both houses are close to the Western Express Highway in Andheri East. The house is run by Mr. James and Mrs Irene D’souza. They have three children, two sons and a daughter.
House No. 7 Behind Holy Family Church Amrut Nagar, Chakala Andheri East Mumbai 400 093 Ph: 2687 4783
Opened: 1967 Gender: Boys only No. of children: 20-25This is the head office of Snehasadan. The ground floor is the home, the first floor houses the office and the second floor is the residence of the Jesuit Fathers who administer the institution. House No. 3 and 7 are in the same compound facing each other. It is run by Mr. Prasad and Mrs. Chanchal Nair. They have 2 sons
House No. 8 Beheram Baug Road Oshiwara Jogeshwari West Mumbai 400 102
Opened: 1971 Gender: Girls only No. of children: 30-35It is managed by The Sisters of Charity of St. Anne. The new spacious three storied building was inaugurated in 2009. It is a beautifully furnished home full of life and a wonderful place to visit.
House No. 9 Beheram Baug Road Oshiwara Jogeshwari West Mumbai 400 102
Opened: 1971 Gender: Girls only No. of children: 30-35Almost adjacent to House No. 8 on the Beheram Baug Road is the home for girls run by the Carmilite Sisters of Vedruna. It is a 3 storey building and quite spacious with coconut trees along the compound that gives it a green look amidst the surrounding concrete jungle.
House No. 10 Mahakali Caves Road Behind Sacred Heart Church Andheri East Mumbai 400 093
Opened: 1976 Gender: Girls only No. of children: 25-30This is an independent cottage surrounded with coconut and mango trees and having a small playground and garden. It is run by the Canossain sisters.
House No. 11 Kondivita Village Behind Sacred Heart Church Andheri East Mumbai 400 059 Ph:2832 6338
Opened: 1979 Gender: Boys only No. of children: 25-30It is a small bunglow with a narrow entrance, a small garden and houses all around. It is a happy place full of lovely birds, fish tanks and playful friendly dogs. The house parents are Mr. Robert and Mrs. Nataline Aranha.
House No. 12 51 Caesar Road Amboli Village Andheri West Mumbai 400 058 Ph:2677 1443
Opened: 1980 Gender: Boys only No. of children: 25-30Amboli used to be a little village – not any more. It is a concrete bungalow; one plus one, the only boys home cared for by religious sisters (St. Mary’s of the Angels). There is no playground but warm enough at home.
House No. 13 Old Khandala Road Raywood Lonavala 410 401 Ph:0211 4272339
Opened: 1983 Gender: Boys only No. of children: 30-35It is our holiday home and also houses children from single parent families only. They are provided temporary care and shelter till the family crises is over and the children can be reinstated back with the family. It is located about 100 km from Mumbai, with beautiful and quite ambience nestled among the thick tall trees and at the foot of the barometer hill. There is a football ground lined by bamboo and jackfruit trees. This house is run by Mr. Armando and Mrs Alice Fernandes.
House No. 15 A 1/2 Deepdarshan Cross Road No. 5 I.C. Colony Borivali West Mumbai – 400 103
Opened: 1983 Gender: Girls only No. of children: 10-15It was started for girls in the age group of 13-18 years who were falling prey to vulnerable situations in the city of Mumbai. It was meant to keep them safe and secure and provide them the opportunity to continue their studies or to pick up some skill. It is located in a residential apartment with a small garden and some place to play. At present sisters of St. Mary of the Angels congregation run this house.
House No. 16 Shalome Near Sacred Heart Church Culvem Gorai
Opened: 2000 Gender: Girls only No. of children: 15-20It is a small lovely bungalow situated next to the seashore in a village environment. This home is run by sisters of the Queen of the Apostles congregation.