Season To Give: 2016 Christmas Match Campaign


During this season of generosity, there has never been a better time to give to The United Methodist Children’s Home and create the biggest impact for your gift. Through the kindness of a few special and anonymous donors, your gift this holiday season will be matched dollar by dollar, up to a total of $94,000 until Dec. 31, going even further to help change the lives of children and families in need. That includes young adults like Kayla*.


Kayla’s childhood was exceptionally hard. In a true sense, her childhood was lost. She experienced the trauma of her father’s unexpected death when she was very young, and Kayla’s mother was addicted to drugs. For years Kayla suffered from her mother’s neglect and abuse. Tragically, there was no one else in the family to whom Kayla could turn. When Kayla was 13 years old, the state intervened, but was unable to place her in a foster home, so instead she entered a group home. Then, at age 17, she’d reached the age where she had to leave the group home, and was facing the world alone.


Because of the support of people like you, Kayla found her way at The United Methodist Children’s Home. As a resident in our Independent and Transitional Living program, Kayla learned basic life skills she had never before been taught, and she gained experience and confidence as she honed those skills. She was able to build and manage a personal budget, find and keep a job, and even purchase her first car – all while completing the program. Most importantly, Kayla was surrounded by people who loved and cared for her.


Kayla set a goal of going to college and members of The Children’s Home team helped her complete college applications and secure financial aid. Today, Kayla is 21 years old, working part time and attending college. She and her beloved adopted dog live in an apartment that the Children’s Home staff helped her find and furnish, and she is flourishing!


It’s through YOUR support that we are able to help young adults like Kayla be independent. But there are more children and young adults who need our help. Please take advantage of this special opportunity for your gift to have twice the impact, as we continue to partner with you in this redemptive ministry.


Remember the words of Psalms 127:3, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.”


 Your gift to The United Methodist Children’s Home is tax-deductible, to the full extent allowed by law. Donate online at or mail to:

The United Methodist Children’s Home
500 S. Columbia Drive
Decatur, Georgia 30030


But, hurry. Your gift must be mailed by Dec. 31 to be matched dollar for dollar, and for 2016 tax purposes.


From all of us at The United Methodist Children’s Home, thank you for everything you’ve already done, and for considering to give today. We hope you have a warm and blessed holiday season.


*Name changed for privacy

Wish List: Christmas 2016

The Christmas season is upon us. We need your help to make Christmas Day and our annual Christmas Event (private event) a special time for those we serve – our families and children! We have approximately 100 children in our foster care program and another 70 residents on our campus.


There are two great options for you to help make this a wonderful Christmas for our children and families. You can donate from our general Wish List below OR contact our Christmas Coordinator to sponsor a child over age 8 or a family living on our campus.


All gifts are due to The United Methodist Children’s Home offices by Tuesday, December  6.  Donations can be delivered to our main office (Decatur)  Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or Sunday, December 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Please make sure donated items are new and unwrapped, so that our families feel the donations are valued and safe.


Photos from Christmas Event 2015


Requested Donations:
Visa gift cards (please put cards with receipts in an envelope, separate from gifts)
Amazon gift cards
Publix gift cards
Kroger gift cards
Infant and toddler clothing
Children’s clothing (up to children’s size 16)
Cloth and board books for infants and toddlers
Baby and toddler toys
Gender-neutral toys (arts & crafts, LEGOs, educational, pretend play, musical instruments, etc.)
Ride toys (toddler, age 4 and up)
Bikes (ages 4 – 8)
Bike helmets
Diaper bags
Pull-Ups (sizes 3,4,5,6)
Baby care supplies (crib sheets, baby gates, teething rings, safety items, pacifiers, etc.)
Sturdy suitcases or duffel bags
Dolls (emphasizing a variety of ethnicities)
Passes, tickets, memberships to local attractions
Books from our list of new foster homes:

  • Hootah’s Baby  by Joanne Green
  • One for the Murphys  by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Maybe Days  by Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright
  • Kids Need to Be Safe  by Julie Nelson
  • Families Change by Julie Nelson
  • The Whole-Brain Child  by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
  • The Connected Child by Karyn P. Purvis, David R. Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine


Passes, Tickets, Memberships

This year, please consider a gift that may ignite a budding passion or career! The families and children we serve are often excluded from activities they cannot afford. For example, tickets to an Atlanta Hawks or Silverbacks game, the movie theater, Zoo Atlanta, or the Georgia Aquarium allow them to experience events they may never otherwise experience without your help. Finally, please share this information with your neighbors, friends, and congregations. Your generosity and thoughtfulness go a long way with our families.


Feel free to download and share the PDF version of our 2016 Christmas Wish List.


Contact our Christmas Coordinator, Wendy Palmer, at or (404) 327-5867 for additional information.


UMCH’s Director of Facilities Achieves FMP Certification


The United Methodist Children’s Home congratulates Sergio Perez, Director of Facilities, on recently completing all requirements to achieve Facility Management Professional (FMP) certification from the International Facility Management Association. Sergio successfully passed four courses in Operations and Maintenance, Finance and Business, Project Management, and Leadership and Strategy ; thus ensuring the knowledge and comprehension pertaining to the foundation of Facility Management Operations.

Meet Our New Board Members

In 2016, The United Methodist Children’s Home welcomed 11 new board members. We are grateful to have their knowledge and guidance on our team.



Dan Beale
Partner and Attorney at Dentons
JD Harvard Law School, BA from Emory
Peachtree Road UMC
Interesting Fact: Member of the Peachtree Road UMC Chancel Choir since 1992, and has sung in the National Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral and St. Peter’s Basilica



Mason McWhorter
Title: Group Vice President (GVP) – Pinnacle Bank
Advanced Degree from LSU, BA from University of Georgia
Athens First UMC
Interesting fact: 
Father was on UMCH board in the 70s



Mac Willett
Owner/Director of Structural Engineering Services – Willett Engineering
Degree: BA from Southern College of Technology
Church: Mountain Park UMC
Interesting fact: Board chair at Decatur YMCA



Bob Stubbs
Real Estate Attorney, Pursley Friese Torgrimson, LLP 
JD University of Georgia, BA from Davidson College 
North Decatur UMC
Interesting fact: 
Was a First Lieutenant in the US Army




Summey Orr
Title:  Partner at Hartmon Simons
JD University of North Carolina, BA from University of NC Chapel Hill
St. James UMC
Interesting fact: Mom took him to see Jimi Hendrix in concert when he was 6 years old  



Dela de la Fuente
Title: Alpha Title & Closing (Retired), President of New Alpha, LLC, Foster Care Liaison for Midway UMC and UMCH
ABA, Mercer University and Berry College
Midway UMC

Interesting fact: Grew up at The United Methodist Children’s Home



Chris Hayes
Title: Principal at TPA Group
Degree: BA from University of Georgia
Church: Oak Grove UMC
Interesting fact: 
Family has been on a National Park tour each summer for the past 3 years



Dr. Tiffany Brown
Title: Entrepreneur, Tribute Contracting LLC and Tiffany Brown Designs
Degree: PhD Walden University, Masters from Clark Atlanta University, BA from Spelman
Church: Cascade UMC



Rev. Carol Cook
Title: District Superintendent – LaGrange
Emory University School of Theology, BA from Tift College
LaGrange District



Susan Daniell
Educator (Ret.)
Degree: BSEd, MEd, EdD
Gainesville First UMC
Interesting Fact: Thirty-two year career in Higher Education; enjoys following the United States Supreme Court and often attends the annual opening day of the Court the first Monday in October.



Honorable Lindsay Burton
Title: Hall County Juvenile Judge
Degree: JD Villanova University, BA from Penn State
Church: First Baptist Church Gainesville
Interesting fact: Worked at the same restaurant from the age of 15 through 25 (through high school, college and law school) that serves the best chicken cheese steaks anywhere around!  

Q&A: The United Methodist Children’s Home New President and CEO Talks About the Present and the Future

Rev. Hal Jones, who has been the President and CEO at The United Methodist Children’s Home for just two weeks, starting on August 17th, shares enthusiasm about his new role and insights into the future of the ministry.


This interview was conducted on August 30, 2016 by Lisa Simon, Director of Marketing and Communications at The Children’s Home.


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