Our Christmas Angels Delivered!

Dozens of friends and partners helped make Christmas brighter for our children and teens, many of whom struggle during the season. Thank you for your generosity! Individuals Kristy Baker Cynthia Berniak The Blaine Family Jim & Airen Blaine Christina Carrillo Amy Coggins Bobbi Creech Jean Frazier Michelle Finlayson Joey & Jennifer Garris Stephanie Gillespie Julie & Peter Hans The Holmes Family The Hoover Family Marina … [Read more...]

Katie Beers Speaks At 2014 Gala

Katie Beers was a profoundly neglected 9-year-old living in Long Island, N.Y., when she was abducted in 1992, locked in an underground box and abused for 17 days. Twenty years later, she’s written a memoir about her ordeal and the difficult childhood that preceded it. She will be our keynote speaker at A Winter’s Tale in Raleigh on Jan. 25, 2014. After Beers was rescued from her abductor, she was placed into care with loving foster parents who … [Read more...]

Denise’s Success

Denise Boney is living proof that love and support can dramatically change the course of a child's life. She was 5 and her sister, Vnette, was 8 when they were removed from their home because of abuse and neglect. They were placed with a Methodist Home for Children foster family, the Boneys, who lovingly adopted and raised them. In December, with years of financial assistance and mentoring from MHC, Denise earned a bachelor's degree in health … [Read more...]

Remember Our Children!

As you count your blessings this Christmas, and the names on your shopping list, consider a gift that will brighten a child’s life in the holiday season and beyond. • Honor a loved one with a Christmas donation to Methodist Home for Children in his or her name. Click here to make a secure online gift. You can also call 888.305.4321, ext. 305, or e-mail jcooper@mhfc.org. Your generosity will help babies who come to us with nothing ... toddlers … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Certified Staff

Congratulations to 14 foster care and in-home services employees, who’ve shown through rigorous testing and certification that they are adept in our model of care and equipped to train others. … [Read more...]

November is National Adoption Month

We celebrate adoptions year-round, but since November is National Adoption Month, we thought we'd honor the occasion by introducing you to Marqael. Marqael Moss will wake up tomorrow in a safe place, surrounded by people who love him and take care of him. He will have breakfast, he will go to daycare and, when he returns, the same people will open the door to welcome him home. On weekends, there will be trips to the beach, to a friend’s house … [Read more...]

Tuna Run Teams Net $3,000+

View photos here | Wesley's Midnight Runners and Hauling Tuna for the Homies on Facebook | Thank you and congratulations to "Wesley's Midnight Runners" and "Hauling Tuna for the Homies" for great finishes in the Oct. 18-19 Tuna Run 200 from Garner to Atlantic Beach. They were two of 60 teams running the overnight relay, and they raised more than $3,000 for Methodist Home for Children. "Hauling Tuna" finished in 33 hours and 2 minutes and … [Read more...]

2013 | Epicurean Photos

The Epicurean Evening photos are in! Thanks to everyone who made this a memorable and successful evening for Methodist Home for Children. | Click here to see all photos. … [Read more...]

Newly Certified Staff & Families

Congratulations to 11 staff members and two foster families who’ve shown through rigorous testing and certification that they are adept in our model of care and equipped to train others. … [Read more...]

2013 | Epicurean Winners

VIEW EVENT PHOTOS | Congratulations to the Wilmington Convention Center and chef Scott Frazzetta for winning the Copper Kettle, Best Appetizer and Best Taste awards at our Aug. 22 event. The top dish was a seared scallop with champagne creamed spinach and saffron risotto. Best Appetizer Silver went to TheatreNOW; Bronze went to Fish Bites Seafood Restaurant. Best Taste Silver went to Hilton Wilmington Riverside; Bronze went to Pine Valley … [Read more...]

A Case for Education: Do the Math

One of our recent college graduates says HELP namesake Vic Hackley will "drop some wisdom" on students anytime he gets the chance. Perhaps his best chance each year is at our HELP Luncheon for MHC students who qualify for higher-education financial aid and mentoring. We thought we'd share Hackley's 2013 message to our students as they prepare to go back to school. Here, he makes the numbers case for getting an education. The prize, he says, is … [Read more...]

Racing for Children

Click here to support our Tuna Run teams! The Tuna Run 200 begins Oct. 18 at 6 a.m., and Hauling Tuna For the Homies runner Carol Goehring is preparing by washing socks and counting the clip-on flashlights racers will use as they run the overnight miles between Garner and Atlantic Beach. “What a luxury to be able to take steps to ensure our personal safety,” she says. “We are running because too many children can’t do anything to feel safe in an … [Read more...]

Epicurean Evening: Aug. 22, 2013

With a gourmet theme and a winning cause, Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening brings together the area's most talented and innovative chefs. As a guest, you will taste the competition as our epicureans bring their best to the table for awards and bragging rights. Join us at the Wilmington Convention Center for one of the year's most anticipated charitable events! 2013 | The Program 5:30 p.m. Silent Auction | Tasting & Drinks7 … [Read more...]

“Everyone in this room sees something in you.”

J.R. Gorham grew up poor in Pitt County, a tobacco sharecropper’s son. He was embarrassed by his family’s poverty. He was angry about the clothes and other things he didn’t have. And he chafed at his father’s strict rules. He could not wait to leave home. In many ways, Gorham was like the teens who come to our multipurpose homes. Repeat juvenile offenders, their lives are often rife with poverty, anger issues, substance abuse and bad … [Read more...]

Summer Camp

There's nothing else like it, especially for children who've been abused or neglected. Summer camp is escape. This year, our children are enjoying a week of sleep-away camp with Royal Family KIDS and the NC United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries. We couldn't do it without these wonderful partners and the support of donors. At Royal Family KIDS Camp, staff and volunteers work hard to make each child feel valued and loved, says … [Read more...]

Chasing Dreams, By Degrees | 2013

Congratulations to our students! On July 19, Methodist Home for Children celebrated new graduates and students in the Hackley Education and Learning Program. Known as HELP, the program provides financial support and mentoring to qualified students who’ve been through foster care, adoption and residential services. | Read more about HELP. Markita Alston, Wake Technical Community College, is taking classes with plans to enter a four-year … [Read more...]

From Saggin’ to Swaggin’

“I don’t have enough arms to do this.” A teenage boy fumbles through his first attempt to tie a necktie, and Glen Warren, CEO and founder of Fathers Forever, steps alongside him to help. Warren unwraps his own tie to demonstrate, and they start over. “You’ll get it. Try again.” The boy is one of 18 Methodist Home for Children teens who’ve come to Raleigh for “Saggin’ to Swaggin’,” an image-building session with Fathers Forever, MHC and … [Read more...]

New Board Leadership

The 2013-14 Executive Committee has been named and five members elected to the Methodist Home for Children Board of Directors, effective July 1, with four-year terms expiring in 2017. New to the Board of Directors: Linda Coleman of Knightdale represented eastern Wake County in the North Carolina General Assembly with three terms, from 2005 to 2009. She was state personnel director for three years and, in 2012, candidate for lieutenant … [Read more...]

Josh is NCSO Athlete of the Month

Read Josh's story from Spotlight magazine. | See his profile on the NC Special Olympics website. Josh Mallia competed this spring at the regional and state levels of Special Olympics, where he won two gold and two silver medals in swimming. He also competed in the USA Volleyball Open National Championship in Kentucky, where his Unified team placed fourth and he went on to play in the All-Star Game. In July, Josh is Athlete of the Month … [Read more...]

Playground Gets a Makeover

Read The News & Observer article | View photos on Facebook With the snip of a red ribbon, volunteers and Jordan Center staff on June 24 celebrated the makeover of a playground for 3- to 5-year-olds. A Legacy Center leadership team solicited supplies and worked around the clock Father's Day weekend to complete the project, valued at $40,000. Thanks to the efforts of more than 80 volunteers, our preschoolers have a remodeled … [Read more...]

Frankie Lemmon Partnership Expands

Nine children with developmental delays were served by the Jordan Child & Family Enrichment Center this academic year through a partnership with the Frankie Lemmon School. Plans call for expanding Jordan Center enrollment to 20 Frankie Lemmon preschoolers in the fall. The Jordan Center was founded in 2001 with inclusiveness at the heart of its mission. This made it an appealing partner for the Frankie Lemmon School, which serves children … [Read more...]

Find MHC on CrimeSolutions.gov

CrimeSolutions.gov accepts Methodist Home for Children and its Model of Care for a national database of evidence-based treatment programs. Methodist Home for Children and its copyrighted Model of Care have been added to a national database of justice-related programs that are proven to work. It is the only North Carolina-developed program on the site. The U.S. Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov gave a “promising” rating to the … [Read more...]

Newly Certified Staff

Congratulations to five staff members who’ve shown through rigorous testing and certification that they are adept in our model of care and equipped to train others. Lighthouse-Certified Resident Counselor Kendrick Exum, right, with Wayne Program Manager Derrick Crumpler. Exum works at the Wayne County multipurpose home. Lighthouse-Certified Program Manager Equan Glenn, center, with Aftercare Specialist Parrish King, right, and … [Read more...]

Our View: Raise the Age

Making a case to "raise the age" on youth jurisdiction, Bishop Hope Ward and MHC President/CEO Bruce Stanley argue that 16- and 17-year-olds who commit misdemeanors should not be prosecuted as adults.  North Carolina remains one of only two states that automatically prosecute all 16- and 17-year-olds as adults—even for an infraction as minor as stealing a bag of Doritos. We agree that wrongs deserve consequences; however, our state’s … [Read more...]

Newly Certified Staff

Congratulations to six staff members who’ve shown through rigorous testing and certification that they are adept in our model of care and equipped to train others.   Lighthouse-Certified Resident Counselor Courtney Jones, center, with Foster Care and Adoptions Director Erica Burgess, left, and North Hills Program Manager Jamie Washington, right. Jones works at the North Hills Group Home.   Elite-Certified Aftercare Specialist … [Read more...]

MHC Success Story Airs

WNCT ran a news report about our Craven Transitional Living Program, which helps court-involved youth build the skills they need to live independently. Statistically, these teens are at high risk of failing, but De'Quan Nelms and others are showing that the right intervention works. … [Read more...]

Employee Excellence Awards 2012

Methodist Home for Children employees put in long hours to give a brighter future to children who need loving, structure, guidance and support. More than 220 staff members work at MHC to provide services—from early childhood education to foster care and adoption to family preservation. Among them, four were recognized with 2012 Employee Excellence Awards. Congratulations to our Employee Excellence Awards winners. Read what their coworkers … [Read more...]

2013 | A Winter’s Tale Photos

The photos are in! Thanks to everyone who made this a memorable and successful evening for Methodist Home for Children. | Click here to see all photos. … [Read more...]