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Season To Give: 2016 Christmas Match Campaign

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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 $36,500, 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 www.umchildrenshome.org 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

The Children’s Home Celebrates National Adoption Month This Thanksgiving

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November is National Adoption Month, an initiative of the Children’s Bureau that has a goal to increase awareness and bring attention to the need for permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. foster care system. When you think of Thanksgiving, the growing list of “shopping” holidays, and Giving Tuesday, consider what a gift you would give a child if you fostered him or her.

 

Currently The United Methodist Children’s Home connects an average of 100 children to foster families each month, and we want that number to grow. In fact, with a goal of serving 500 foster children each month by 2020, we work to ensure that as many of Georgia’s children as possible know they can turn to us to help them through their transition before reunifying with their biological families, or secure an adoptive family to call their own.

 

As we at The United Methodist Children’s Home celebrate National Adoption Month, we celebrate the ten families that have adopted 15 of our children in 2016. We celebrate the families that are providing us success stories we can share as we work to grow our mission. To date, 11 families who adopted children through UMCH continue to foster with us.

 

In fact, 2016 was a year filled with wonderful foster-turned-adoptive family stories, including the Carpenters, the Pedens, the Rogers and the Sonnenfeldts. “Regardless of the outcome, many of these families say fostering is their calling, and we are so blessed that they wish to continue even after they’ve found a permanent connection with one or more children,” said Denise Peacock, UMCH’s foster care coordinator. “It is families like these that we truly celebrate.”

 

Mother’s Day this year brought a special gift to Ashley Carpenter and her husband Andrew, as they adopted siblings Kya and Kaidin, making them a party of five with their two foster children. Robert and Jennifer Peden adopted brother and sister Logan and Neveah in February, and are fostering another young child as well. Jimmy and Beth Rogers adopted Riley this past August, and two-year-old Karyn in February. This year marks three children this family has adopted during their fostering journey. And just last month, Brian and Brooke Sonnenfeldt adopted brothers Elijah and Aiden, while they also foster an infant.

 

For National Adoption Month, we celebrate these families, we celebrate God’s blessings on our ministry, and we celebrate your support of The United Methodist Children’s Home. Won’t you consider fostering? For more details, please visit http://www.umchildrenshome.org/ways-to-help/become-a-foster-parent.

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
Diapers
Diaper bags
Pull-Ups (sizes 3,4,5,6)
Wipes
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.
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Contact our Christmas Coordinator, Wendy Palmer, at wpalmer@umchildrenshome.org or (404) 327-5867 for additional information.

 

UMCH’s Director of Facilities Achieves FMP Certification

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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.

 

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Dan Beale
Title: 
Partner and Attorney at Dentons
Degree: 
JD Harvard Law School, BA from Emory
Church: 
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

 

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

 

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Mac Willett
Title: 
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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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

 

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Susan Daniell
Title:
Educator (Ret.)
Degree: BSEd, MEd, EdD
Church:
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.

 

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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!  

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