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Pine Valley Market takes Copper Kettle

Photo Gallery | Every dish served at Wilmington's Epicurean Evening was amazing, and we thank all of the chefs who created a gourmet experience for more than 500 guests. Congratulations to our winners: Pine Valley Market and chefs Chris McCauley and Christi Ferretti won Copper Kettle Best in Show and Presentation Gold. They served an entrée of "Swing Season" Korean BBQ with corn purée, butternut squash and apple slaw, kimchi sauce, crispy … [Read more...]

Education Fair: Robots win the day

The Hertford County team took top honors at our 2016 Education Fair. The theme was Robots and, after hearing the words, "Please demonstrate, sir," each team member showed us the robot he had built. Well done, gentlemen! The teens from six homes worked with their on-site teachers to create and present projects on subjects they researched over the summer. Click to see other awards »  RUNNER UP  |  PARTICIPATION  |  TEAMWORK  |  MOST INFORMATIVE  … [Read more...]

The Truth About Trauma

Shelita Lee and Lashaunda Lucas are foster care supervisors at Methodist Home for Children Children come into care with all kinds of trauma: Sexual, emotional, or physical abuse. Neglect and abandonment. Exposure to domestic violence. Witness to a parent’s overdose or death. On top of that, no matter how bad it was at home, the act of being taken away and placed with strangers in foster care adds another layer. We provide our foster … [Read more...]

Meet Ethan

Living in foster care can be stressful, especially for brothers and sisters who've been separated. Summer camp gives them a sense of normalcy — a chance to be a kid and spend time with siblings, if possible. Our children go to three different sleepaway camps: Royal Family Kids, Rockfish and Don Lee. Meet Ethan. He’s just back from camp and it's all he can talk about. For a week, he got to play games, hike, swim, fish, and ride horses. Oh, … [Read more...]

Hackley to Students: Own your success and happiness

Former MHC Board Chair Lloyd “Vic” Hackley has a remarkable personal story of rising from poverty to become a U.S. Air Force officer, college administrator and champion for education and character. He also has a passion for helping young people – especially those marginalized by income or opportunity. Our scholarship and mentoring program was named in his honor in 2005, and he returns to Raleigh every summer to challenge and encourage students in … [Read more...]

Chasing Dreams, By Degrees | 2016-17

Congratulations to our students! On July 15, 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...]

Introducing Private Adoptions

Adopting one child won’t change the world, but for that child, the world will change. We are excited to announce our expansion into private adoption services at Methodist Home for Children. We have experienced, compassionate staff who work to connect expecting birth parents with families looking to adopt an infant. We make a lifelong commitment to the children who come into our care, and we walk alongside our birth and adoptive parents … [Read more...]

Meet Our New Board Members

The 2016-17 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 2020. New to the Board of Directors: Marcus Green of Raleigh is compliance director at GlaxoSmithKline and a CPA licensed in the state of North Carolina. He earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from UNC-Wilmington and worked previously as a senior manager at Ernst … [Read more...]

Experts in Care

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 Foster Parents Mark & Michelle Biondolillo. Lighthouse-Certified Foster Parent Felicia Blount, left, with Foster Care Licensing Specialist … [Read more...]

Leaps in Learning

Teens come to multipurpose homes as repeat juvenile offenders, and they’re often behind grade level when they arrive. It’s the job of our five on-site teachers and staff to help them catch up and shed bad habits. Standardized test scores show they’re succeeding: Last year, 86 percent of youth performed at grade level when they left our multipurpose homes, up from 65 percent when they arrived. From the Field: Melissa Pasek is a licensed teacher … [Read more...]

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