Christmas Angels Delivered!

View photos of Christmas 2014. | Dozens of friends and partners are helping to make this a brighter Christmas for our children, many of whom struggle during the season. Thank you for your generosity! Individuals Sharon & Ron Agresta Kathy Amos Brenda Bradshaw Johanna Contreras Sandi Cook Bobbi Creech Carmen Diaz Kelly & Shane Dodd Jill Eaker & Ellen Emerson-Bates Brandon Guimand Alice Hancock Marina Kelly Delaney … [Read more...]

Meet Dylan

WATCH VIDEO  |  Dylan was 13 months old when doctors diagnosed him with bilateral optic gliomas—rare and inoperable brain tumors that had integrated with his optic nerves. His symptoms led to a subsequent diagnosis of a genetic disorder, neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1), which causes tumors in the nervous system as well as learning disabilities. Dylan went through three years of chemotherapy to shrink the tumors, but the physical toll … [Read more...]

Thanks to Proactive Health & Wellness!

Dr. Josh McMillon and the Proactive Health & Wellness staff got to know Methodist Home for Children when they came to its annual benefits fair in February. Ten months later, they came back with a $4,000 gift to help the vulnerable children and families served by MHC. McMillon says the staff wanted to make a lasting impact on children after getting acquainted in February and later attending a luncheon for students getting assistance … [Read more...]

Heartache’s Upside

“I was holding Matthew and I realized that he didn’t know any of it. He didn’t know I’d been abused. He didn’t know I’d been homeless. His impression of me—his idea of who I am and what I am—was entirely up to me. I wanted to be a better person so I could be a better mom. I wanted to teach my son that there is absolutely nothing he can’t overcome if he wants it bad enough and if he works hard enough for it." Heartache’s Upside | Fall 2014 … [Read more...]

Sarah’s Sweet Sixteen

When Sarah Casey-Summers was about to turn 16 in August, she gave some thought to the kind of party she wanted to have—the friends and family she'd invite, the food she'd serve, the fun they'd have. And then it hit her. She didn't want this party to be about herself. "I started thinking about what I could do to celebrate my birthday while giving to others as well," she says. Sarah knew about Methodist Home for Children and its 1K … [Read more...]

$50k for 50 Children!

Amazing. Thank you for your #GivingTuesday gifts to Methodist Home for Children. Your generosity outpaced our greatest expectations! You gave $50,000 for FIFTY children. But beyond that, many of you told your friends about Methodist Home for Children. You shared our stories and our goals with people who didn't yet know about our work . Thank you!   … [Read more...]

Angel Trees in Krispy Kreme Stores

Making Christmas Sweet for Children By Darlena Moore | The ornaments that adorn our Christmas trees tend to have special meaning. But what if, in the warm glow of colored lights, your tree held a small ornament that could brighten someone else’s life? Leslye Plummer and her son, Fischer, 14, know such an ornament, and they make sure it hangs on their tree every year, front and center. Mom and son will drive together to one of the five … [Read more...]

Newly Certified Staff

Congratulations to eight 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 Residential Assistant Amanda Ball, right, with FACT Program Manager Cindy Cooke. Ball works in the FACT group home. Lighthouse-Certified Residential Assistant Damon Broadnax, right, with FACT Program Manager Cindy Cooke. Broadnax works in the FACT … [Read more...]

How You Can Help This Christmas

• Honor Gifts: Make a Christmas donation to Methodist Home for Children in the name of a friend or family member. We will send a holiday card of thanks to those honored with your gifts. Click here to make a secure online gift. You can also call 888.305.4321, ext. 305, or e-mail Your generosity will help babies who come to us with nothing ... toddlers who are spending their first Christmas in foster care ... elementary school … [Read more...]

Providence, Perseverance & Promise

Providence Moves | Fall 2014 Spotlight | photo gallery | article and photos by Julie Williams Dixon | "The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come … [Read more...]

New CFO to Join Leadership Team

We are excited to announce that Peter Williams, former president and chief financial officer of Piedmont Service Group Inc., will join Methodist Home for Children as CFO on Nov. 12. Williams will bring valuable experience to the MHC leadership team as a business executive, certified public accountant and community volunteer, says MHC President/CEO Bruce Stanley. Williams built his career at Piedmont Service Group Inc., starting as CFO and … [Read more...]

Kudos to MHC Staff

The Teaching Family Association at its annual conference in October recognized two staff members, chosen by Methodist Home for Children, for their work on behalf of children and families. TreNeice Townes, vocational specialist, received the Distinguished Practitioner Award for outstanding service. She runs the "Work4It" vocational training program that helps at-risk teens and their families build skills they need for independence and success. … [Read more...]

2014 | Epicurean Winners

VIEW EVENT PHOTOS | Thank you to all who made our 8th annual Wilmington's Epicurean Evening a success! Once again, the area's most talented and innovative epicureans created a gourmet experience with dozens of dishes, ranging from black pepper and brown sugar candied bacon to habanero-dusted Grand Marnier seared sea scallops. Congratulations to the award winners chosen by our judging panel and guests: Hilton Wilmington Riverside and chef … [Read more...]

2014 | 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...]

Sept. 19: The Pit BBQ @ Edenton Street

Please join us for great food and fellowship at Edenton Street United Methodist Church as it partners with The Pit to offer delicious, down-home barbecue plates with all the fixin’s, along with children’s chicken tender plates. All proceeds benefit Methodist Home for Children and Urban Ministries of Wake County. CATERED by The Pit | Dine in at Kerr Hall ... Take out ... Drive through (until 6:30 p.m.) WHERE Edenton Street United Methodist … [Read more...]

An Epic Evening

VIEW PHOTO GALLERY | VISIT WILMINGTONEE.COM Thank you to all who made our 8th annual Wilmington's Epicurean Evening a success! Once again, the area's most talented and innovative epicureans created a gourmet experience with dozens of dishes, ranging from black pepper and brown sugar candied bacon to habanero-dusted Grand Marnier seared sea scallops. Congratulations to the award winners chosen by our judging panel and guests: Hilton … [Read more...]

In Memoriam: David Witt

Methodist Home for Children mourns the loss of its longtime friend and board member David K. Witt, who passed away suddenly on Aug. 27, 2014. David had a personal passion for the work of MHC and other organizations serving vulnerable children in North Carolina. He joined the MHC Board of Directors in 2001, stepping in as interim CEO in 2005-06, and he was a founding board member of the N.C. Child Advocacy Institute, now NC Child. He served … [Read more...]

Our Turn-Around Poet

Terry Johnson has published a book of poetry, Resisting the Roots, while living at Methodist Home for Children’s Craven Transitional Living Program. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m., he will be the featured poet at Trent River Coffee Co.'s poetry open mike in New Bern. If you can't make it, check out Resisting the Roots on Amazon.      Ace of Spades—By Terry Johnson If you took a sledgehammer to a brick … [Read more...]

Certified & Accredited

The Teaching Family Association has certified three Methodist Home for Children programs—group homes, foster care and in-home services—citing the agency’s “exceptional services” to the most vulnerable children, youth and families. Known as TFA, the association certifies organizations that use the Teaching Family Model of Care. MHC is certified at the highest level possible with programs that are strength-based and … [Read more...]

Newly Certified Staff & Families

Congratulations to eight 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...]

Epicurean Evening: September 4!

Visit Twenty-seven of the region’s most talented and innovative epicureans will bring their best to the table on Thursday, Sept. 4, for Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening—a culinary extravaganza to benefit the children and families served by Methodist Home for Children. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Wilmington Convention Center. | Buy tickets at Celebrating its eighth year, Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening … [Read more...]

Chasing Dreams, By Degrees | 2014

Congratulations to our students! On July 18, 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, Durham Technical Community College, is pursuing an associate degree with plans to … [Read more...]

Open House for Specialized Care

WHAT: Open House at FACT Specialized Services, a program of Methodist Home for Children WHEN: Thursday, July 31 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. WHERE: 127 Center Street Jacksonville, NC 28546 RSVP: or 910.346.3744 Featuring youth-led tours of the day treatment program and light refreshments It can be hard work parenting a child who has a mental illness or severe emotional disorder. Imagine, then, what it’s like when … [Read more...]

Where’s Baby? Jordan Center’s New Check-In Plan Can Avert Tragedy

The summer months can be dangerous for young children in cars. Last year, 44 children died of heatstroke in cars nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, and an unknown number of others were moderately to severely injured. Sixteen children have lost their lives this year, including a 15-month-old Connecticut boy whose father forgot to drop him at day care on Monday, July 7, and left him in a parked car. These tragic … [Read more...]

Luke’s Long Road Home

When the outbursts were over, Luke would cry out of frustration and remorse. He didn’t have the words to express what he was feeling and he didn’t know why he did the things he did. “I hate the way I am,” he’d tell his mother. “I don’t want to be like this. I don’t know why I do this. I don’t know why I act like that.” His mom, Sherry, didn’t know either. “It was heartbreaking,” she says. “It was absolutely heartbreaking.” Luke was her only … [Read more...]

You Shop. You Help.

When you shop, your purchases can help Methodist Home for Children—at no cost to you! Just register at these marketplaces and choose Methodist Home for Children as the beneficiary of your purchases. Register at and Amazon will give .5 percent of your qualified purchases to MHC. Register at, an online shopping service with thousands of well-known and respected retailers. Link your Harris Teeter VIC card … [Read more...]

New Board Leadership

The 2014-15 Executive Committee has been named and two members elected to the Methodist Home for Children Board of Directors, effective July 1, with four-year terms expiring in 2018. | » Full Board of Directors New to the Board of Directors: Chris McClure of Raleigh is government relations and policy advisor at Brooks Pierce, representing organizations in the communications, manufacturing and medical sectors before the N.C. General … [Read more...]

Foster Care Series Taps MHC Expertise

When UNC-TV undertook a series on foster care in North Carolina, reporter Linda Patterson tapped into the expertise and experience at Methodist Home for Children. Three segments aired on North Carolina Now in June, covering traditional foster care, therapeutic foster care and aging out. Click the links below to watch. Segment one: Foster Care An in-depth look at the foster care system and how people can become foster … [Read more...]

Tours: Transitional Home for Girls

We offer tours of the North Hills Transitional Living Home for girls, located in Raleigh, on the last Thursday of every month. Schedule a tour with Donna Tate at or call 919.754.3621. North Hills Transitional Living is a 6- to 12-month residential program in Raleigh that helps court-involved girls build the skills they need to live independently. Statistically, these teens are at high risk of failing without intervention. Our … [Read more...]

Do-It-All Dad Loves Role

Marvin Moss is determined to keep his young son and granddaughters from joining the ranks of those who struggle because they lack one or both parents. By Kim Gizzard,  The Daily Reflector | Reprinted with permission | Marvin Moss, an adoptive father and grandfather, poses with his grandchildren — 11-year-old Johnaé, 9-year-old Tashaé and 14-year-old Marjaé — and his son, 5-year-old Marqael, at his home in Winterville. From behind the … [Read more...]

Support Therapeutic Foster Care

Pending bill would improve services to children |  Some of our most vulnerable children are served by therapeutic foster care, where families are trained to manage the serious medical, psychological, emotional and social needs associated with mental illness and developmental disabilities. These children often are better served in home environments rather than institutional settings—at a significantly lower cost to taxpayers. But their access … [Read more...]

Time to Be a Kid | Brandie

On a sunny May morning in 2012, 11-year-old Brandie waited in the hallway outside a closed door at the Iredell County Department of Social Services. Behind the door, adults were talking about her future—her life. Two of them might become her next parents. By that time, Brandie had lived with five foster families. Two of them had planned to adopt her, but neither worked out: One family gave up, frustrated with waiting for her to be freed for … [Read more...]

The White Wall Society | Terry Johnson

Terry is in Methodist Home for Children's Craven Transitional Living Program and publishing a book of poetry he wrote at Dobbs Youth Development Center. He shared his story and a poem, "The White Wall Society," at First Chance for White Pants in Greenville. Read his poem, column right. | This is how I became part of The White Wall Society. I am the youngest out of 7 children, and I was 10 years old—in 3rd grade—when I watched my father lie … [Read more...]

Why She Volunteers | Julie Hans

Julie Hans is director of innovation management at Duke Energy and a member of the Methodist Home for Children Board of Directors. She recently entered an essay contest at work about why she volunteers, and her entry won a $1,000 donation to MHC. Here's what she wrote: When I first started volunteering with Methodist Home for Children 10 years ago, I *thought* I knew what I was doing. It seemed simple enough. I thought I was going to help … [Read more...]

“If you girls only knew … “

Mary Ann Bender LeRay offers tribute to her mother, Jean Butler Bender, who lived at Methodist Home for Children from 1959 to 1964. Jean moved to the Raleigh campus with her three siblings when their parents divorced. Read her story. "If you girls only knew ... " This was a phrase that we often heard growing up with my mother, Jean Butler Bender. "Girls, we could only talk 10 minutes on the hallway telephone each night." "Girls, when … [Read more...]

Methodist Orphanage alumni reunite in Raleigh

The News & Observer | Most of the stories of how they came to live at the Methodist Orphanage begin with tragedy: the death of a parent, usually a father, in a poor family with too many children to take care of. And yet many of the former residents of the orphanage that the Methodist Church operated on Glenwood Avenue for more than 80 years have fond memories of the place. Read the full article here. … [Read more...]

Raleigh orphanages were important to city

The News & Observer Past Times Blog | Most of the buildings are gone and the properties transformed for other purposes, but two large orphanages once operated in what were once the outskirts of Raleigh. In 1942, N&O writer Jane Hall outlined the history of these orphanages and the role they each played in their day. Read the full article here. … [Read more...]

Employee Excellence Awards 2013

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 2013 Employee Excellence Awards. Congratulations to our Employee Excellence Awards winners, announced on Feb. 17 and 18. … [Read more...]

Introducing Our 2014 Guardian Angels

Our Guardian Angel Society honors those who, through their service and support, have made extraordinary commitments to children and families in our care. On January 25, 2014, at A Winter's Tale gala in Raleigh, we inducted a new class of Guardian Angels: Jenny and Erik Ross |  Guardian Angel Society 2014 Passionate about their faith and witness, yet humble in their generosity, Jenny and Erik Ross have supported Methodist Home for Children … [Read more...]

Foster Parents Needed

Methodist Home for Children is looking for loving foster parents in Central and Eastern North Carolina to care for children and sibling groups who’ve been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Counties of special interest are Wake, Durham, Lee, Dare, Pitt, Martin, Green, Chowan, Johnson and Wayne. All children need a loving family and a safe environment. You may be the answer for a child who has neither. Children who have been … [Read more...]