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MHC Sunday is Feb. 19

At Methodist Home for Children, we believe that all children deserve a safe, loving home where they can thrive and live fully into their God-given potential. But many thousands in North Carolina lack this basic cornerstone for solid start in life. On Methodist Home for Children Sunday, you can make a difference. This is the one day a year — always in the month of February — when congregations in the NC Conference of the United Methodist … [Read more...]

Diplomas are just the start …

When you’re a teen in the juvenile justice system, and you’ve been told you’ll never amount to anything; and you don’t have the skills to get a job, open a bank account, or pay the bills; and maybe no one else in your family finished high school; and it doesn't matter anyway because you can’t go home any more ... education can change your life profoundly. This month we celebrated eight teenagers who beat the odds to earn their high school … [Read more...]

December Baby

By MHC President/ CEO Bruce Stanley Babies are a cause for joy no matter when they’re born; but in my experience as a pastor, the December babies always seem to generate extra excitement. I think that’s because the Nativity play is coming, and everyone wants to see a live infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, cradled by his mother, and placed in a manger on Christmas Eve. There’s something about a baby sleeping sweetly (or not) that so … [Read more...]

Experts in Care

Congratulations to our staff and foster parents who’ve shown through rigorous testing 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 to earn Lighthouse Certification. Lighthouse-Certified Program Assistant Amanda Ball, right, with In-Home Services Director Teneisha Towe. Amanda works in FACT Specialized Services day … [Read more...]

Hope for 49: We did it!

To our friends and supporters, you are amazing. Our Giving Tuesday goal was to raise $40,000 for 40 children by midnight, Nov. 29. When our deadline arrived, you had given $49,165. Thanks to you, 49 children like Jack will be in safe and loving homes during 2017. THANK YOU to all who gave and to our gift-matching angels! Please tell your friends about us! Like and share the Methodist Home for Children story on … [Read more...]

Advent Series 1: What’s in a Name?

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; a virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son, and his name will be Emmanuel. — Isaiah 7:14 By Bruce Stanley, President / CEO of Methodist Home for Children Pastor Richard Bryant has served overseas in a variety of ways. He was with the Associated Press in Bosnia and with the United Methodist Church in Armenia, Russia, and Ireland. He also served in Togo, West Africa, in the Peace Corps. One … [Read more...]

A Better Life

Everybody else has left the Johnston County Agricultural Center after a day of independent living lessons, but Dei’jion stays and watches a crew take down wall partitions. He points out the man who seems to be in charge. “Look at him. He is making money right now. I bet he’s got a nice house, nice car, nice family. I know he does. I’m going to get that. I am going to grind, to better myself, and do everything in my power to get that.” Dei’jion … [Read more...]

Meet the Manley boys

At home with the Manley boys: 5-year-old James, 4-year-old Jeffrey, and 4-year-old Amari Ask them their names and they reply in unison: We’re the Manley boys! And, indeed, they are. This preschool trio lives in Northampton County with Jeff and Jackie Manley, who became foster parents with Methodist Home for Children in 2010. The Manleys had talked about adopting a boy, maybe a newborn, after they finished raising their two daughters, … [Read more...]

Hurricane Matthew | Update

The caller sounded weary. "Is this Methodist Home for Children?" she asked. "Can you get a message to my son? He lives at one of your homes. Tell him we're all alive, but the house is gone. I'm going to a shelter now and will try to charge my phone, you know, in case he can call ... " The day after Hurricane Matthew swept through North Carolina, those of us at MHC home base in Raleigh gathered field reports and relayed messages like the one … [Read more...]

Experts in Care

Congratulations to our staff and foster parents who’ve shown through rigorous testing 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 to earn Lighthouse Certification. Lighthouse-Certified Resident Counselor Christi Adkins, center, with Insight Assistant Operations Manager Katie Visconti and North Hills Program Manager Tamikca … [Read more...]

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