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“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...]

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 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...]

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