the Orphanage was run full time by an all female staff where they at first looked after the children mostly in a church on Mill street where they looked after as many as 35 children at a time. Maria also took her work home with here often keeping children at her home becoming a mother figure for many of the children. Maria herself had six children though she died 20 years after the birth of her first son at the age of 46, long life for a woman in the 19th century who gave birth to 6 children and during an epidemic that claimed the lives of her mother and multiple people close to the family including 7 servants. Maria also had to deal with her son Benjamin's death at 5 and her last child that died shortly after birth.
because of Benjamin and Maria Gratz and their Orphanage they were able to save hundreds of children from the epidemic during the 19th century where it became a problem for the city in particular across different decades. the society and its commitment to helping unfortunate children has remained strong for nearly two centuries including the societies purchase of the Mary Lincoln Todd house in 1907 to be used for the society. the organization has without fail met every first Tuesday of every month since it was founded.