As the work of Fr. Guanella grew and multiplied, his thirst for doing good did not diminish. In 1912, he came to the United States and toured some of the principal cities. On May 3, 1913, the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence came to the United States making their home in Chicago where they started schools, kindergartens, and homes for persons with intellectual disabilities. In 1948, at the request of the Archbishop of Philadelphia, the DSMP came to Elverson, PA to staff a residential school and program for girls and young women with intellectual disabilities. The residential home was located on the old Pott’s Estate. In the castle-like structure, they built dormitories for the residents and renovated the stables and servants’ quarters into their residences. As the residents’ needs became greater, the structure was no longer adequate and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia built a new facility in Springfield, PA. The first residents moved into Divine Providence Village (DPV) during September of 1984. In November 2004, the Daughters informed the Archdiocese that they reluctantly had to withdraw from DPV because of a lack of vocations.
Since July 1, 2005, DPV has been under lay administration, but continues the charism of the founding religious community. A full-time pastoral associate, Sister Mary Veasy, SSJ, coordinates the spiritual programming at DPV. Religious services and activities are an essential part of the overall program.
Today DPV is home to eighty women in five residential buildings and sixteen men in one building. The many day programs offered at Our Lady of Fatima as well as the many community based programs, i.e. Community Living Arrangements, Life Sharing Through Family Living, In-Home Supports and Respite Care, are all licensed under Divine Providence Village.