The mission of the United Methodist Children’s Home is “to provide redemptive, healing services that bring meaningful change to the lives of children and families.” In keeping with that mission, we are reaching out to a new group of children and families who we feel we can help. There are many intact families who struggle to keep their children safe and healthy, due to issues such as financial struggles and lack of resources or opportunities. UMCH is uniquely positioned with our resources, experience and strategically placed district offices to offer care, education and spiritual nourishment to under-served children and families throughout north Georgia.
Therefore, we are excited to announce a new service we are offering to children and families. Jesse’s House opened on May 31 as a summer day camp for grade-school and middle-school children from our Family Housing program. The eight-week summer camp is the latest in our program offerings to under-served children and youth and their families. UMCH staff show these children God’s love as they participate in one-on-one reading programs, recreation, crafts and Bible study. Jesse’s House has started on our Decatur campus as a pilot program, but we plan to expand this service in the fall to an after-school program on our campus as well, and eventually to extend the program throughout north Georgia, with the help of local area churches.
The first week was a big success! We asked the children what they had learned and what their favorite things were at Jesse’s House, and here’s what they had to say:
At Jesse’s House I learned…
that God made us for a reason
how to swim backwards and how to do a handstand in the water
God loves me
My favorite part of Jesse’s House was…
eating ice cream and going to the pool
swimming and scavenger hunt
playing cooking in our room
talking to Brandon and Logan (interns) because both of them are funny
If you’d like to support Jesse’s House at the United Methodist Children’s Home, here are some ways you can help:
- Read one-on-one with children or lead an art class in the morning, or lead an afternoon enrichment activity
- Provide and share a meal with the interns (Monday or Tuesday evenings)
- Financially support the program: Support an intern ($2,500); support lunch for camp (one day for $70; one week for $350); support snacks for campers ($35 for one week)
- Prepare and serve breakfast, lunch or snacks for a week
- Donate class materials, such as books, art supplies, paper products, sports equipment, etc.
We will have much more to come about this exciting new ministry, so stay tuned! In the meantime, contact Alison Wright with any questions.