Once More, Christmas Angels Delivered!

  Dozens of friends and partners helped to make this a brighter Christmas for our children, many of whom struggle during the season. You all are amazing ... thank you for your kindness and generosity! Individuals Brittni Austin Abbey Beahm Airen Blaine Michelle Brown Phyllis Cameron The Carter Family Bobbi Creech Jaclyn Davidson Jennifer Fay Jessica Fulton Linda Daniel Hall Kaitlynn Harrison Erica Jenkins The Kelly … [Read more...]

Christmas Kindness in Action

  See all of our Christmas Angels | As Christmas gifts began arriving, we heard the coolest stories about people's connections and their reasons for giving. Stories like these: • The team members of AW North Carolina have been sponsoring children for over 10 years, and they chose to give to Methodist Home for Children in 2015. From their angel tree coordinator, Teresa: "The children have a special place in the hearts of our employees. … [Read more...]

Hannon Foundation Shopping Spree!

We had a lot of excitement Saturday at Target Raleigh Central, thanks to the Scott Hannon Memorial Foundation! Ninety of our children and teens went Christmas shopping, each with $120 donated by Hannon Foundation volunteers. We are so grateful for this tradition and for Target’s generous contribution of the sales tax on all purchases. The Scott Hannon Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created in memory of Scott Hannon, who … [Read more...]

A Lifeline: Therapeutic Foster Care

FROM THE FIELD | Erica Burgess is director of foster care and adoption. See more from Erica in this UNC-TV series about foster care. Imagine that you’ve been moved into a stranger’s home. You are scared and confused. You had been on track for adoption, but you dropped your guard and showed your anger, and now your new family has had a change of heart. You’re 13 years old, and you feel like you don’t belong anywhere—not with family, not among … [Read more...]

Modeling Excellence: Staff & Parents

Congratulations to staff members and foster parents who’ve shown through rigorous testing and certification that they are adept in our model of care and equipped to train others. Besides skill, they have modeled perseverance, grace and determination in their work. Lighthouse-Certified Resident Counselor Ron Coston, left, with Program Manager Nicole Walker. Ron works in the Chowan Multipurpose Home. Lighthouse-Recertified Foster … [Read more...]

We Did It: Hope for 40!

Our supporters are incredible! Thank you to everyone who helped us on #GivingTuesday to meet—and then double—our fundraising goal! It took us until midnight, but we did it! As a result of the $40,000 donated on Dec. 1, 40 children are assured care for a year! These are lives changed forever because of you: A boy with profound health needs, abandoned by his family, lives with foster parents who care for him with love and grace. Read … [Read more...]

How Sweet Is This?

For the sixth consecutive year, Krispy Kreme is helping to fulfill Christmas wishes for our children and teens with angel trees at five locations. Please support these stores and grab one of our angels off the tree. Krispy Kreme will give you a dozen free glazed doughnuts when you return with your gifts!  WHAT: Get a dozen glazed doughnuts FREE when you return angel tree gifts to the store. WHEN: Now through Dec. 9 WHERE: Five … [Read more...]

RSVP For A Winter’s Tale

Make your plans now—A Winter's Tale is Jan. 3o! Get ready for an unforgettable evening with your friends at A Winter's Tale. We'll have a silent auction with mobile bidding, dinner and drinks, plus live contemporary jazz by Moment's Notice. The TapSnap interactive photo booth will be back, along with an incredible live auction. New this year: The Best of Travel raffle! A ticket buys you a chance to win one of six incredible destinations … [Read more...]

An Inexplicable Bond

Some people lived out their entire childhood at Methodist Orphanage / Methodist Home for Children, while others came in for a couple of years and left. Many found friends for life. We are thankful for the alumni who stay connected and give back as a "family" to help the children who follow in their footsteps. Living away from home and apart from their mothers, two 8-year-old girls bonded in a big way when they met at Methodist Home for … [Read more...]

The Real Cost of Christmas

FROM THE FIELD | Julie Stone, LCSW, is a family preservation specialist It's hard to believe that Christmas is only six weeks away. Wasn’t it just yesterday we were shopping for back-to-school clothes? And now it’s early November, and the holiday clock has begun ticking. This is the time of year when Christmas advertising is in full swing, and children are thinking about what to put on their wish lists. At the same time, many parents are … [Read more...]

Tackling a Troubled Teen’s Behaviors

FROM THE FIELD | David Nunnery is a family preservation specialist with Methodist Home for Children When I met Chad last year, he was 14 years old and attending an alternative school for behavioral problems. He’d been in this school since age 12, but he was still getting into trouble for fighting, disrespecting his teachers and distracting his peers. He ended up with multiple suspensions. A juvenile court counselor referred Chad’s family to … [Read more...]

Meet Our Alumni for Golf Fundraiser

Enjoy a beautiful fall day playing golf—followed by a complimentary dinner—while you help children in need of a safe, stable home. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Indian Valley Golf Course 1005 Indian Valley Dr, Burlington, NC 27217 Giving back is a way of life for so many of the people who grew up at Methodist Home for Children—or Methodist Orphanage as it was known previously. On Oct. 31, you can join our alumni in Burlington for a day of golf … [Read more...]

Wesley’s Midnight Runners!

Four years ago Laura Mitchell, pastor of Trinity UMC in Wilmington, was looking for a 10-mile race to help her train for an upcoming marathon. Instead, she got talked into joining a 12-person relay team in the Tuna Run 200, racing from Garner to Atlantic Beach. That's right, 200 miles! Since then, this group of United Methodist runners has raised about $10,000 for Methodist Home for Children. Click here to support Wesley's Midnight Runners when … [Read more...]

Experts in Care: Seven are Certified

Congratulations to five staff members and two foster parents who’ve shown through rigorous testing and certification that they are adept in our model of care and equipped to train others. Besides skill, they have modeled perseverance, grace and determination in their work. Additionally, five staff and four foster parents were recertified. Lighthouse-Certified Program Manager Yvette Hawkins, left, with Residential Services Director … [Read more...]

The Right Treatment

Getting the right treatment quickly to a child entering the juvenile justice system can make the difference between a life spent productively or behind bars. That's why Methodist Home for Children, with its extensive record of treating juvenile offenders, has been chosen to open and operate two assessment centers that will house and evaluate incoming juvenile offenders and connect them with the services they need (therapy, counseling for … [Read more...]

Hope Realized

FROM THE FIELD | Montel Smith is a family preservation specialist. He works with parents in crisis to help them stabilize their home and build skills for a better life. Have you ever felt the cords of anxiety wrap around you when eviction from your home seems certain? Have you ever lost the ability to sleep because your family is in imminent danger of being put out on the street? I know someone who has. Martha is a single, hardworking … [Read more...]

The Power of Perseverance

In 1907, at age 76, Ezra Meeker captured the nation’s attention by embarking on what seemed to be a fool’s errand. In 1851, while a young newlywed, Meeker and his bride had crossed the plains of the United States on the storied Oregon Trail. He made the most of his new opportunity and prospered financially, raising his family on a farm in the West. As the century turned, Meeker saw portions of the trail disappearing with the encroachment of … [Read more...]

The Howard Family

See more photos from Wilmington's Epicurean Evening » | We were delighted to have the Howard family join us at Epicurean Evening—Jayne and Richard, with children (from left), Tashawn, Ricky, Faith, Charlie and Talmadge. Here, in her own words, is a family update from Jayne:  The first child to our doorstep was a 3-year-old named Talmadge, who entered the world so prematurely, I am told, that he could fit into the palm a man’s hand. … [Read more...]

22 North Takes Top Epicurean Awards

Every dish served at Wilmington's Epicurean Evening was amazing, and we thank all of the chefs who created and served us with a gourmet experience! Special congratulations to the winners chosen by our judging panel and guests: 22 North and chef Brent Poteat won Copper Kettle Best in Show, the Roger K. Busteed People's Choice Award, Best Taste and Best Appetizer. He served a bisque of North Carolina white shrimp and sweet corn with sherry and … [Read more...]

The Parts and The Whole

FROM THE FIELD | James Stanley Sr. is a Duke Divinity student. He fulfilled his field education requirement with Methodist Home for Children in 2015. The Apostle Paul teaches “for as in one body we have members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. (Rom. 12:4-5). During my field education placement, it became apparent that Methodist Home … [Read more...]

Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening | Meet the Chefs

With a gourmet theme and a winning cause, Wilmington’s Epicurean Evening brings together the area's most talented and innovative chefs. As our guest, you will taste the competition as epicureans bring their best to the table for awards and bragging rights! Visit wilmingtonee.com. ENTREES & APPETIZERS East Oceanfront Dining, Blockade Runner Beach Resort | Chef Benjamin Callaway Ramsey Presentation Bronze … [Read more...]

Education Fair | 2015

The learning doesn't stop in our multipurpose homes, even when the academic year ends. Our teens worked with their on-site teachers to create and present projects on subjects they researched over the summer. We all learned something, and we loved their creativity and enthusiasm! Click here to see ALL PHOTOS » Click to see other awards »  BEST OVERALL  |  MOST CREATIVE  |  BEST DISPLAY  |  OUTSTANDING PRESENTATION FIRST PLACE: Chowan … [Read more...]

When Children are Trafficked

Not in North Carolina, right? Human trafficking, particularly of children, is an unthinkable and misunderstood crime. Myth #1: It only happens in other countries, not our own. Myth #2: It only happens to poor, foreign-born people. But the truth is, human trafficking is a $32 billion industry in the U.S. and it's a very real problem in North Carolina, where we rank 8th in the nation for "factors conducive" to human trafficking. Those factors … [Read more...]

Finding His Voice | Mike’s Story

Four months isn’t much time—but a lot can get done under the right circumstances. Just ask Mike, a 16-year-old from Northampton County. In four months,  Mike found his voice and his confidence. He met mentors who saw potential in him, put their trust in him and treated him like family. He went on a dream vacation with them to Universal Studios in Florida. It all started in January, when a juvenile court officer referred Mike to Methodist … [Read more...]

How A Value System Influences Child Behavior

FROM THE FIELD | Julie Stone, LCSW is a family preservation specialist  Chloe, 10, and Cecilia, 5, had been in foster care for several months when I received a referral to work with them. According to the referral information, the girls were demonstrating extreme behavioral challenges. They refused to accept ‘no’ for an answer or follow instructions, and they had a pattern of chronic lying and stealing. Halfway through the school year, the … [Read more...]

Check us out in Barry Saunders’ column

Mentoring program helps children in foster care | The News & Observer columnist Barry Saunders came to meet the young people in our Hackley Education and Learning Program. Read his column here » The first day of school was coming up. Heck, it was the next day, and Terry Johnson, going to the 10th grade, realized he didn’t have money for new clothes. He was determined to get it, though. “I’m going to have those clothes,” he told me he told … [Read more...]

Chasing Dreams, By Degrees | 2015-16

Congratulations to our students! On July 17, 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. Veronica Armstrong, UNC-Greensboro, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sustainable … [Read more...]

Vic Hackley: MHC’s “Granddaddy in Chief”

TEN YEARS of HELP  |  MEET OUR 2015-16 HELP STUDENTS  |   Lloyd “Vic” Hackley has a remarkable personal story of rising from poverty to lead the community college system in North Carolina as well as two colleges. He’s a passionate champion for personal character and responsibility, traveling the county and the world to lead workshops and lectures. But at Methodist Home for Children, he’s kind of a “granddaddy in chief.” He’s the heart and soul … [Read more...]

Seeing College in Their Future

Teens in our multipurpose homes are touring campuses this summer to get a look at college life. ⇐ Last week, boys from our Hertford home took a tour of East Carolina University, where they stopped on the campus mall to get a photo with Pee Dee the Pirate. JB, left, hopes he’ll come back one day as a student. He’s been thinking about college for finance/accounting, and the visit cemented ECU as a goal for his future: “After visiting East … [Read more...]

Milestone Party Recognizes A Foster Child’s Culture

Foster parents Danny and Daphine Gooch are not Hispanic, but they know what a Latina girl’s 15th birthday means in her culture. It’s time for a quinceanera—a traditional celebration of a girl’s transition from childhood to young womanhood. The Gooches have fostered 19 children over the years, but “E” is the first Latina to turn 15 in their care, and they didn’t want her to miss out on this important milestone because she was in foster care. So … [Read more...]

Summertime Rite | Sleep-Away Camp

CAMP FAVORITES: Our 8-year-old friend, K, has been to Royal Family Kids’ Camp before and she tells us what she likes most: "having a tea party 'cause you get to dress up" "a fake birthday party, 'cause you get a birthday cake" "story time before bed" 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 … [Read more...]

Foster Care Family Act Is Law!

We took a big step forward in normalizing the lives of foster children as Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Foster Care Family Act into law today, July 2. MHC President/CEO Bruce Stanley was there for the signing, along with primary sponsor Sen. Tamara Barringer and others who've worked on the legislation. The new legislation will create opportunities for a more normal family environment, help to reduce stigma and improve outcomes for children in … [Read more...]

Meet Our New Board Members

The 2015-16 Executive Committee has been named and eight members elected to the Methodist Home for Children Board of Directors, effective July 1, with four-year terms expiring in 2019. New to the Board of Directors: The 2015-16 Executive Committee: Chairman of the Board Rev. Joe Mann of Durham: Former Executive Director of Leadership Education, Duke Divinity School; Former … [Read more...]

Happy Retirement, Mike Callahan!

Not that he’s counting, but today marks 36 years, four months and six days since Mike Callahan started as a driver/maintenance worker at MHC. It’s also his last day on the job—Mike is retiring as our IT manager, a position he earned through hard work and an interest in computer technology. He is a living, breathing part of our history, and we will miss him. Congratulations Mike … enjoy your well-deserved retirement! Here's a story about his … [Read more...]

A Wise Investment—Chair Erik Ross Looks Back

Board Chair Erik Ross has served eight years on the Methodist Home for Children Board of Directors, including three years as chair. As his term expires on June 30, he shares a few thoughts about his time as a leader and advocate for vulnerable children in North Carolina. It is hard to believe that my tenure at Methodist Home for Children is coming to an end. Eight years just went by in a flash. As I’ve reflected on these years, I have realized … [Read more...]

Lilly’s Story—The Power of Home

At the lowest, most miserable point of her childhood, Lilly was being sexually abused by a male relative. She wasn’t going to school regularly, and she lived in a squalid home with her mother and various boyfriends, sometimes sleeping in the same bed with them. She was beaten in the head repeatedly by an older sibling. She was dressed inappropriately in high heels and makeup. It was hellish. But it hadn’t always been that way. Lilly could … [Read more...]

Trust & Courage

Photos and article by Julie Williams Dixon | See more photos of Dylan and Nancy | The sky is threatening rain, but Nancy Almon helps 7-year-old Dylan strap on elbow and knee pads and buckle his helmet before he climbs onto his brand-new freestyle bicycle. The scene is almost Rockwellian. Nancy's yard overlooks a sprawling field and pond, complete with a white farmhouse in the distance. As Dylan takes off on his two-wheeler, his mom runs … [Read more...]

What My Father Means To Me | Johnniah’s Winning Essay

Johnniah, 14, lives in our Robeson multipurpose home, and she wrote the winning Father of the Year essay about her father, John Mayes. The essay contest was open statewide to 5th-9th grades, and Johnniah read her entry on June 20 at the N.C. Fatherhood Conference. Methodist Home for Children is a conference sponsor and organizer. I appreciate my father because he took me in and raised me since I was 2 years old. My father took me in when no … [Read more...]

The Importance of Fathers

We were honored to host Patrick Patterson at the N.C. Fatherhood Conference's Legislative Breakfast. Patterson is manager of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse and president/founder of Global Partners for Fathers & Families. As the father of two daughters, ages 7 and 9, Patterson has personal and professional interests in building strong families. His own father abandoned the family when he was a child: "I remember my dad … [Read more...]

Father of the Year | Honorable Mention

By Christa Riggins | My father is a great dad. He is one of the most kindhearted and compassionate people I know. He is also very wise and a great person to be around. He is always cheerful to teach me. My dad is a strong spiritual person who leads our family well. He guides us in God’s word. He also teaches us and makes sure we understand God’s word and encourages us to use it every day. My father is very hard working. He gets up at 5 a.m. … [Read more...]

Experts in Care: Five are Certified

Congratulations to three staff members and two foster parents who’ve shown through rigorous testing and certification that they are adept in our model of care and equipped to train others. Besides skill, they have modeled perseverance, grace and determination in their work. Lighthouse-Certified foster parent Betty Allen, center, with Foster Care Specialist Ashely Carico, right, and Foster Care and Adoptions Director Erica … [Read more...]

Our Multipurpose Home Teachers

Summertime doesn’t mean the teachers in our multipurpose homes stop working. Our incredible team of educators came to Raleigh yesterday to review and organize their strategies for educating youth in our care. Repeat juvenile offenders often arrive in our homes behind grade level, but our teachers are able to pinpoint their needs and work individually to get them caught up. Read more about our on-site schools. And see the projects our teens … [Read more...]

A Week at Camp Willow Run

Last week, three teens from our multipurpose homes had the opportunity to attend Camp Willow Run as part of its yearly invitation to 100 youth in North Carolina’s juvenile justice system. The boys were chosen based on their successes in our care—they’ve all demonstrated vast improvements in behavior as they’ve transitioned from violent pasts. Most of the youth have never been camping before, so it was a great opportunity for them to … [Read more...]

North Carolina Fatherhood Conference

We’re honored to sponsor the third annual North Carolina Fatherhood Conference in Raleigh this year. The June 19-20 event aims to strengthen the bond between fathers and their families, and registration is still open! The conference kicks off on June 19 with a youth conference — Real Rap: Pop Culture and our Youth (how pop culture influences the lives of young people). Speakers include actor Tray Chaney from The Wire and NC Central basketball … [Read more...]

A Case for Kinship Care

By Erica Burgess, director of MHC Foster Care and Adoption Services | When children have to be removed from their homes, research shows they do better if they can live with relatives or someone they already know—rather than with traditional foster parents who are strangers to them. In short, we know that placing children in “kinship care” is far less traumatizing. We’ve seen in North Carolina a growing trend in "kinship … [Read more...]

Independent Streak: Enterprising teen learns limits

Austin shared his story May 28 at First Chance for White Pants in Greenville.  A couple of things you should know about Austin: He is not afraid of work. He likes to get things done. He cooked and cared for his brother and sister while his mom worked late shifts at her restaurant job. He’s got a mind for business and he’s good with his hands, finding odd jobs and writing contracts for painting, building fences or decks, roofing or car … [Read more...]

DL’s Story: A Life Transformed

Lives are being changed every day through our transitional living programs. Witnessing this growth is the most fulfilling part of our work, and today we want to brag on one of our youth. D.L. came to the Craven Transitional Living Program after serving time in a Youth Development Center for breaking into houses and stealing jewelry and guns. During his time at Craven, D.L. worked hard to change the trajectory of his life. He completed a … [Read more...]

The Hope of Foster Care

Our President/CEO Bruce Stanley shared this story of a child, recently admitted to MHC, during a service at one of our church partners: The girl is only 15 years old, and she’s lived with unimaginable abuse at home. Unsure of what else to do, she decided to run away, settling on Florida as her destination because it would probably be a beautiful place to go. Plus, it’s warm and she could at the very least sleep on the beach. She made it as … [Read more...]

Report Affirms Jordan Center Model

In a new report, The Poverty and Race Research Action Council describes troubling racial, ethnic and economic disparities in preschool classrooms across America, prompting calls for policymakers to focus on diversity in early education classrooms. The report further affirms the value of our blended classrooms at the  Jordan Child & Family Enrichment Center. This blended model resulted in 100% of our rising kindergarteners meeting or … [Read more...]

The Story of Luke:
Parents’ Handling of Divorce has Long-Term Effects

By Julie Stone, LCSW | Luke was 14 years old when I worked with him and his family. He had recently been suspended from school for fighting, and his father punished him by beating him with an electrical cord. An anonymous report was phoned into Child Protective Services, an investigation was conducted, and Luke and his family were referred for in-home services. The referring social worker asked that I work with Luke on anger management skills … [Read more...]

Fashioned for Community

Another Friday musing from MHC President/CEO Bruce Stanley: Last summer, my neighbor took down four pine trees that routinely filled my gutters with straw. While I hate to see any tree cut down, I admit I was happy to have fewer trips up the ladder. My neighbor had to take down four trees because one of them had become diseased. All of the arborists that came to bid on the work said the same thing. These massive and majestic pines, which … [Read more...]

Meet Nathan

If you don’t know much about our Transitional Living Program at Craven Home, we do a lot to assist young men ages 16-19 in learning independent living skills, getting an education and so much more. It’s hard to fully explain what we do without telling stories. So today, we want to introduce you to Nathan. When we met him, Nathan was coming out of a three-year stint in a detention center for some serious charges. It has been great to walk … [Read more...]

New Family Partners Program

Our In-Home Services program in New Hanover County is excited to announce its new Family Partners Program, starting in July. This program will pair families currently involved with Child Protective Services (CPS) with experienced parents who have successfully navigated the CPS system. The Partners will act as mentors, help families access CPS-suggested services and provide supportive interventions with the goals of keeping children out of … [Read more...]

You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know —
The Importance of Life Skills

By Julie Stone, LCSW | As an in-home therapist with Methodist Home for Children for the past 12 years, I can tell you there is nothing easy about helping children who are caught up in the child welfare system. More importantly, there is nothing easy about being a child who is caught up in the child welfare system. Whether social services is involved with the family due to parental drug use, mental illness, domestic violence, emotional, … [Read more...]

From our teen poets: Dear Mama

One more from our poets, in time for Mother's Day. Somewhere, this boy's words are surely making a mother's heart sing. His poem is called "Dear Mama." I'm sorry for the Days I tried to test you I should've stayed in a Child's place and respected you Sorry for the trouble I caused you Now as I look back I really applaud you Never meant to cause you any worries On the 22nd of February We saw a loved one get buried But day … [Read more...]

Two more from our teen poets

Our teens are discovering that poetry is a powerful outlet for examining their lives and events of their childhood. Ay Ay Ay Today is a pretty dayWhere all the children playAnd catch and play ballAnd go to the mallSome play in the claySome run awayAnd stay awayStay awayAnd never playEver again   Me, Myself and I Had a conversation with myself Because no one else was around In my head I said, The people I surround myself … [Read more...]

From our teen poets: Lost

Our students have been learning about poetry recently, and we are thankful for the chance to share some of their work. This poem is called "Lost." "The reason I wrote this poem is because I've been lost in so many ways during my life. One of the lines in my poem states 'Time and time again I tried to find myself." I didn't know who I wanted to be and what to do with my life. As you can say, I was lost. Progressing in my life, I knew I had to do … [Read more...]

Community Cares Fairs

This is Children's Mental Health Week! Look for Methodist Home for Children this week at Community Cares fairs scheduled throughout Wake County. You’ll find information about programs, services and supports offered by organizations that work with children and families (school system, recreational activities, educational activities, prevention programs, treatment providers). May 4: Parkway Head Start, 102 YMCA Dr., Cary May 5: Crosby Head … [Read more...]

Hope in a broken world

As many mourn the events unfolding in Baltimore, our CEO, Bruce Stanley, found reason to hope when he saw clergy marching peacefully amid a state of emergency. He shared his thoughts on hope and the "Church Militant," meaning church active in the world, serving rather than soldiering: "As I watched with profound sadness the riots in Baltimore, I saw when it was needed most the Church Militant made manifest. Unafraid and unbowed, into the … [Read more...]

Thumbs Up for 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. Besides skill, they have modeled perseverance, grace and determination in their work. Lighthouse-Certified Program Manager Laura Guderian, center, with North Hills Program Manager Jenelle Wynn and Residential Services Assistant Director Kristen Tettemer. Laura is … [Read more...]