Hanna provided me the structure that I was lacking at home. I was given guidelines, expectations and discipline that I desperately needed. In school I got individual attention in small classes. I was being supported by counselors and teachers.

—Bill, Hanna, Alumnus

A Day in the Life of a Hanna Boy

Daily Schedule – Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 7:00 am

Daily Schedule – Weekdays

  • 6:30 am Wake-up/morning hygiene
  • 6:50 am Room check complete
  • 7:10 am Cottage job complete
  • 7:20 am Morning prayers – boys meet in chapel
  • 7:30 am Breakfast (8:00-9:00 am on Saturday/Sunday)
  • 7:56 am School
  • 12:00 noon lunch (Brunch on Saturday/Sunday)
  • 1:23 pm School’s out – Friday
  • 2:10 pm School’s out – Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
  • 2:45 pm School’s out – Wednesday
  • 3:00 pm Group meetings – Monday through Thursday
  • 3:45 pm Group ends – free time, recreation, snacks
  • 5:30 pm Dinner
  • 6:00-7:00 pm Evening Recreation
  • 7:00-8:45 pm Showers, study period, free time
  • 8:45 pm Evening hygiene/night prayers
  • 9:00-10:20 pm Bedtime

Daily Schedule – Weekends

On Sundays wake-up starts at 8:00 am followed by Mass in the Chapel. One of the goals is for boys to learn about faith and respect while attending services. Recreation, cottage trips and activities take place on Saturday and Sunday. Examples of some activities are backpacking, hiking, basketball, swimming, volunteering.

Teaching respect—for oneself, for others, and for the property of others—is integral to the Hanna experience, particularly in the residences where the boys live.

Youngsters at Hanna live in two types of houses, either a Cottage or a Group Home.


Most boys are housed in cottages spread across the 160-acre campus. Each cottage has a supervisor and live-in caregivers, providing a true home away from home for the youngsters. In addition to serving as role models, the staff help each boy develop socially appropriate behaviors—from table manners, personal hygiene and making a bed, to fulfilling assigned chores and following necessary rules. They also guide the boy’s participation in daily religious observances of morning and evening prayers, regular chapel services and grace at meals.

Group Homes:

Hanna boasts three group homes where twelve boys in each residence are taught a variety of life skills, including preparation of meals, budgeting, seeking employment, and preparing for life away from a protected environment. Group meetings and other activities in the residences encourage the boys to communicate openly with each other, respect each other and treat each other well.

Is Hanna successful in its work?

Yes. In fact independent studies of our operations have shown that we not only do very well with our student population, but very well as compared to other institutions. A recent study said of Hanna, “Participants have significant and genuine growth at Hanna.” The report also said, “Failure rates at other placements are statistically high, and this is with consideration given that a significant percentage of those who have ‘successfully graduated’ from placements have done so without ever fully ‘buying in’ to the services offered. At Hanna we are proud of our students and of our record over many years, one that can be compared favorably to any program in the nation.

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