Hurricane Update

Thank you for your prayers – we’re glad to report that the children and teens in our care are safe after Hurricane Florence.

We evacuated group homes in Craven, Chowan, Hertford, Wayne, Wake, and Onslow counties. Residents of five homes went to our crisis & assessment center in Butner; the others moved to a hotel in Raleigh.

To date, only one of our homes has been signficantly damaged by the storm. Our Wayne multipurpose home, above, has flooded and will need repairs before it can reopen to teens.

We ask for your continued prayers and support for the children in our care.


I was placed in foster care at age 10, but I didn’t know it at the time. I was told by my mother that my older brother, Tyson, would be taking care of me. I thought nothing of it because Tyson always took care of me.

It wasn’t until the social workers started rolling in that I began to understand what was happening. They sat us down and explained that the Department of Social Services was going to take my twin brother and me away from our mom. But before they could place us in a new home, Tyson stepped up and took us. As I mentioned, Tyson was always there as our primary caretaker, so not much changed in the lives of my twin brother and me.

But everything changed for him. Tyson was 21 – raising two 9-year-olds. He withdrew from school to care for us, and he was still trying to settle into his own life with his new job and new home.

We began to settle in, and it was becoming apparent that we were not going back with my mom. Tyson knew he wanted to keep us but he didn’t know how to go about it. Years passed without much help from DSS. Then, Tyson received a life-changing message from Michelle Kennedy, the adoption supervisor at Methodist Home for Children.

Michelle opened up a world of resources as she explained the options to Tyson and, as a result, he was able to adopt not only me and my twin brother, but my youngest brother as well.

Meanwhile, my brother set the bar for me by modeling a strong work ethic and family values. He progressed from a security guard at Duke Energy to cybersecurity at Red Hat to his current position as a Microsoft specialist for Lenovo.

Watching him excel in his work has always made me want to do the same.

The Hackley Education & Learning Program has been on my team for two years now and because of that, I am starting my third year at East Carolina University as a birth-kindergarten education major, with at a 3.7 grade point average. When I graduate, I will pursue a master’s degree in social work.

I am where I am today because of Methodist Home for Children. It will now – and forever be – a part of who I am.

The Hackley Education & Learning Program supports the higher-education goals of students who’ve been in our foster care, adoption, multipurpose, and transitional living homes. The program provides financial support and a dedicated mentor. 

Waiting family

Dear Birth Parent,

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us. We are so excited about adopting! For years we have tried to have a biological child and we have not been able to. Your bravery could give us the chance to see our dreams come true. We will love your child unconditionally. When we realized that we could not have children we knew in our hearts that adoption was our only option. We will love and cherish your child in a safe and nurturing home. Your child will be surrounded by loving friends and family that cannot wait to meet him or her.

We met when we were in college. We went on our first date and got engaged 6 months later. Now we have been married 14 years! We are both very close with our families and cannot wait for your child to get a chance to play with all five of their cousins. We cannot wait to share our lives with your child!

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Natalie: Ben is my rock. He is the kindest, most considerate person I have ever met. He always sees the good in people and wants to give people a chance. He is a hard worker and always wants to make sure he is able to provide for us. He loves to make me laugh. He is also the most loving person I have ever met. He is a big guy but he is never shy to give out hugs or share how much he loves people. He takes great pride in keeping up our home. He has strong morals and family values that are going to make him an amazing father. He enjoys eating healthy meals, and working out. He is a musician and who plays the guitar and sings. He enjoys lazy days watching sports, playing video games and playing with our dogs. He truly is the most amazing man!

Ben: Natalie has my heart. She is the complete love of my life. I cannot imagine what life would be like if she were to be somewhere else. She has been so incredibly good and loving to me throughout our marriage. She looks out for me and fills our home with joy each day. She is thoughtful and kind toward all her friends, family, and co-workers. She is an excellent listener and seeks to understand first, is patient in all matters, and wants each person, with whom she interacts, to feel comfortable and welcome. With a caring heart, she is selfless in every sense of the word and likes to see others succeed. She will put her heart and soul into meeting someone’s needs. She is always responsible, hardworking and applies herself to the fullest in everything life throws at her. Natalie enjoys family holidays, creating and observing beautiful art, listening to fun and encouraging music, going on lunch dates, taking long walks and practicing yoga, making tasty and healthy hot meals, watching documentaries, taking time with her family, shopping at farmers’ markets, and home holiday decorating. Natalie is an amazing, unique human being. I consider my undeservedly blessed to call her my wife.

We live in a great family neighborhood. We are close to lots of parks and great schools. We live in a 3-bedroom, 2 ½-bathroom home. We have a 2-car garage and a large fenced-in backyard. We share our home with our two dogs, Della and Layla.

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We look forward to the journey ahead of us! Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us. We know we will not always be perfect, but we look forward to the love, tears, laughter, and celebrations to come. We wish you peace and blessings.

Thank you!

Natalie & Ben

College bound

We’re so proud! Congratulations to the 28 students in our Hackley Education & Learning Program. Some of them, in the photo above, joined us for lunch recently; others had jobs to work. We stand ready to make this a successful school year for them all!
  • Damonte B, Wake Technical Community College, is pursuing an associate degree in psychology.
  • Ralph B, Fayetteville Technical Community College, is pursuing an associate degree in welding.
  • Vnette B, Mount Olive College, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management. She plans to graduate in December and start a master’s program in healthcare management and leadership.
  • Zachary B, Craven Community College, completed the Penn Foster Private High School Program and earned a forklift certificate. He wants to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a
  • DeMikael C, Durham Tech, is in National Guard training and plans to start classes in the spring.
  • Dwayne C, NC A&T State University
  • Kaches C, Craven Community College, earned a high school equivalency credential and a forklift certificate. He wants to pursue a career in studio engineering.
  • Messiah C, Randolph College, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management.
  • Rebecca C, Meredith College, is pursuing a degree in psychology and hopes to become a clinical psychologist.
  • Shavonna C, NC Central University, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history with plans to graduate in December 2019 and enter a Ph.D. program.
  • Talisha C, Tricoci University, is pursuing an associate degree in the esthetics program and hopes to work at a spa.
  • Brandie D, Wake Technical Community College, is pursuing an associate degree in music education and hopes to transfer to Meredith College for her bachelor’s degree.
  • Sarah D, Campbell University, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Middle Grades Extension (with a concentration in math). She plans to graduate in May and become an elementary school teacher.
  • Shamoria F, Shaw University
  • Joshua G, Craven Community College, is pursuing a high school equivalency credential and plans to work as a truck driver.
  • Sibyn H, Wake Technical Community College
  • Andrea M, NC A&T State University, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management.
  • Bryce M, Pitt Community College
  • Cynthia M, UNC Greensboro, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
  • Lea M, Mitchell’s Academy, earned her certification as an esthetician.
  • Thomas M, UNC Greensboro, is pursuing a degree in psychology and hopes to become a practicing psychologist.
  • Rayshaunda R, Marymount University, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree and hopes to practice chiropractic medicine.
  • Tyanna R, East Carolina University, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in birth-K teacher education.
  • Jeremiah S, Craven Community College, earned a high school equivalency credential. He wants to pursue a career in the medical field.
  • Calvin U, Craven Community College, earned a high school equivalency credential and a forklift certificate. He wants to pursue careers in welding and sports training.
  • Jomaious W, Coffeyville Community College
  • Karlie W, Wake Technical Community College
  • Toney W, Craven Community College, earned a high school equivalency credential and a forklift certificate. He wants to pursue a career in dermatology.

Lessons in belonging

You need to know that you matter.

He is a teenager who captured the hearts of our staff. He had no place to go; he believed he had no one who cared. We showed him otherwise.

Meet Owen.

  • He is 17 years old.
  • His mother left him when he was 1.
  • Sometimes he lived with an aunt, but he spent most of his childhood with a guardian – the ex-husband of his mother’s sister (a different aunt) – whom he called “uncle.”
  • He came to our multipurpose home at age 16 for stealing his uncle’s truck.
  • His uncle is remarried, and Owen is no longer welcome in his home.
  • He gave our staff teacher a coffee mug and candy for Mother’s Day.
  • He discovered his own mother lived 15 miles away as he worked on a family tree project.
  • He wants to build a relationship with her.
  • He moved into our transitional living home last May to learn how to be independent.
  • For his birthday, we gave him a BMX bike.
  • He loves to read and keeps at least four books by his bed.
  • He earned his GED and forklift certification while he lived with us.
  • He worked hard in his first job at a fast-food restaurant.
  • He left us this spring and lives now with his 24-year-old cousin.
  • He doesn’t think his life is harder than that of other kids he knows.
  • He’s working at a bike shop, and he just got a promotion.
  • One day, he wants to go to college.

We will be here for him.

Words from Bruce

By Bruce Stanley, President / CEO

I just finished Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci, and found it interesting that Leonardo thought of himself primarily as engineer and designer and not painter.

Isaacson makes clear that while Da Vinci’s staggering abilities to paint, sculpt, design, and engineer are easy to envy, these gifts came with a great cost. One cost was da Vinci’s deliberate pace. Da Vinci painted so slowly and meticulously he was unable to paint frescoes; the plaster would dry before he could finish even a small section. Another personal cost was an inability to consider any work “done.” For instance, the “Mona Lisa” was a work in progress for 17 years. He was convinced that everything could be improved and that no work of art – fortress, machine, drawing, or painting – was ever fully formed. He left behind far more unfinished works than completed ones.

As I consider this, I am convinced of two great truths. One is, from time to time, he must have been worn out with this passionate drive toward perfection. Two is that deep within himself, da Vinci, the most creative of us, knew intimately the intent of God our supreme creator.

We are all works of God’s hand, individual pieces of art created “in the image of God.” God’s creation does not stop at birth; we are shaped throughout life – God works on us, knowing full well that none of us on this side of the River Jordan will ever be fully formed in our faith or in our service. Yet continue to work God does! I thank our staff for their willingness to do likewise. We commit every day to perfecting the lives of the children and families entrusted to our care. We work as da Vinci did his creations, doing and redoing, looking from a distance and examining up close. We trust that, as we work to create healthy and happy lives, God as creator, redeemer, and sustainer guides our brush and lights our work.

Thank God for this work that is never perfected!

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Self portraits

The assignment: Create a self-portrait and tell us about yourself. Click below to see what our kids shared.

Hertford home I’m proud I’ve been here because I feel that if I was still at home, I would be in more trouble. … I’m scared of the future when I get out on my own.

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Specialized services  My dream is to be a professional football player. I also want to be a quarterback. People just laugh. They think I can’t do it, but I think I can do it. I want to make my family proud of me.

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 Macon home I am A.
I understand why I’m here.
I say I’m awesome.
I dream about being a veterinarian.
I try to lose weight.
I hope to become a veterinarian.

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