Methodist Home for Children has a strong community of “brothers and sisters” who lived together on campus after the first building opened in 1901. Children stopped living on the property after a 1979 decision to sell the land and expand into community-based programs. Since then, the children have lived in group homes or foster homes.

The campus alumni return for reunions each year at MHC headquarters, still located on a portion of the original orphanage property, and they share their memories in Spotlight magazine.

» Read a News & Observer article about alumni and their Easter reunion.

Dr. Robert Taylor

Published in Fall 2010 | When he tells people he grew up at Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh, Dr. Robert “Bob” Taylor almost always gets the same response: “You can see their face getting that expression of ‘oh, how sad,’” he says with a chuckle. But Taylor, a dentist recently retired from his 43-year Fayetteville practice, quickly dispels the notion that his years at MO were anything less than positive. “I tell them we had it made!” he says, … [Read more...]

Jean Butler Bender

Published in Fall 2000 | Jean Butler was 12 years old when a social worker arrived at her family home. “I thought my two brothers were going to live at the Methodist Orphanage, and my sister and I would be needed at home to take care of my daddy, who was hearing impaired and in poor health,” Jean says. Then the silence was broken, and Jean learned that all four children would be going to live at the orphanage. Shocked, frightened and very sad, … [Read more...]