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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...]

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