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Raise the Age: What we believe

If you believe that 16- and 17-year-olds who commit misdemeanors should be handled in the juvenile justice system, add your name here. In popular imagination, juvenile crimes occur in darkness and on the weekend. But, in truth, the majority of our juvenile complaints – 44 percent – are from schools for disorderly conduct, aka acting out in class. Here in North Carolina, if you’ve had your 16th birthday and you act out in class, you can be … [Read more...]

Frank’s Favorites

Frank is donating two elaborate handmade toys, below, for A Winter's Tale auction on Feb. 4. You can view and bid on Frank's toys in the silent auction here | At age 95, Frank Mansfield has built hundreds of his signature trucks, trains, and earth-moving toys. He took up woodworking in the late 1940s after serving in World War II, and through the years he’s donated some of his most elaborate pieces to raise funds for Methodist Home for … [Read more...]

Loving Hard, Letting Go

It's one of the sacrifices we ask of foster families – that they love and protect the children in their home and stand ready to let go. Mandy and Doug Schoonmaker, and their daughter, Darian, are new to foster care and all of the rewards and challenges it holds for them. But they're uniquely practiced as a family in loving hard and letting go. The test of their lives began in 2012 with a cancer diagnosis for Denny, their son and brother. It … [Read more...]

Meet Jerricho & Mercedes Cotchery: A Winter’s Tale

First there was football. It’s how we know Jerricho Cotchery: the Wolfpack receiver with dependable hands, the 12-season NFL veteran with a Super Bowl finish. Football gave Jerricho a measure of fame. Then Jerricho gave fame a measure of purpose. With the support of Mercedes, his college sweetheart and wife, Jerricho has used his pro-athlete status to talk publicly about faith, family, and the great loves of their life together — their five … [Read more...]

We Love our Partners!

Kids helping kidsWe're thankful for the many creative ways our friends pull together to raise 1K FOR 1KID – but it's a special thrill to watch what happens when kids get involved. Recently two groups of children, ages 4 and up, heard about 1K FOR 1KID and they responded – with their hearts, their hands, and their feet. 2K FOR 2KIDS, Yong Martial Arts  |  They had focus, confidence, and power – but what we remember are their hearts. There … [Read more...]

A Winter’s Tale: See What’s In Store!

Saturday, February 4  |  Get your friends together and reserve your table for an unforgettable evening — the 20th anniversary of A Winter's Tale. Speakers Jerricho & Mercedes Cotchery First there was football. It’s how we know Jerricho Cotchery: the Wolfpack receiver with dependable hands, the 12-season NFL veteran with a Super Bowl finish. Football gave Jerricho a measure of fame. Then Jerricho gave fame a measure of purpose. With … [Read more...]

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...]

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