2012 Highlights


Are you part of our Facebook community? We’ve built quite a family of generous friends on our Facebook page. Here are our top posts of 2012. Like our page now to follow us in 2013.


1. The Playground!

Our Facebook family responded in a huge way during our online competition to win a grant from The Home Depot Foundation to build a new playground. We came in second place and won a $5,000 grant, then raised enough money to make the playground a reality. Our most popular photos of 2012 showed Home Depot volunteers building the playground and our children playing happily.

2. Praying Together

We frequently post prayer requests, and welcomes and good-byes. We are humbled by the faithful prayers of our Facebook friends.



3. Room Service Atlanta Makeover of Sam Bell Cottage

You feel like you’re stepping into the pages of a magazine when you enter Sam Bell Cottage, thanks to a group of incredibly talented designers and bloggers who renovated the cottage from floor to ceiling and everything in between! You can also see more pictures on our Pinterest Board.


4. Volunteer Groups

We love to brag on our volunteers. Here are our top posts about some awesome groups that blessed us with their time and talents in 2012.


5. Campus Updates

We often post campus news and notes about what our children, youth and families are up to.




6. Responding to Needs

Our Facebook family is generous and we are so grateful. Whether it’s collecting diapers or spreading the word about our need for foster families, we have been blessed by everyone’s support in 2012.


We can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store. Join us on Facebook or keep checking on our website to see!



How a toothbrush changed Owen’s life

Meet Owen


We have a great update on the story of Owen (below)! Owen’s mom, Linda, earned a promotion at her job and Owen is doing great in school. Even more, this year was the first time Owen celebrated Christmas. The family could never afford gifts before now, but this year Linda was proud and grateful to be able to see the wonder of Christmas on his face. For Owen and all of our children at UMCH, your gift will provide them with things we often take for granted – beds of their own, places to play, Christmas joy, and even a cartoon toothbrush.  Start the year off with an act of generosity. Please give today.



Little Owen came to live at The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) with his mom, Linda, and sister, Jen, after living in a car for several long months.


When every new family moves in, our staff carefully stock the apartment with basic supplies and toiletries. For Owen, these essentials were so much more than basic.


Upon first glance of his new toothbrush – featuring his favorite cartoon character – Owen was so excited that he could barely speak.


The first words uttered by Owen were, “Thank you, Jesus!” He hugged his mother, our staff, and continued clutching his toothbrush saying “Thank you, thank you!”


For Owen and all of our children at UMCH, your gift will provide them with things we often take for granted – beds of their own, places to play, and even a cartoon toothbrush.


* Your gift of $45 cares for one child for one day in the Family Housing program.

* A gift of $70 cares for one child for two days.

* Your gift of $120 provides a home for an entire family for a day.


Donate Today




Click here to make an online donation. The sooner you respond, the faster we can help more families in the North Georgia area.

Your gift supports families like Owen’s, as well as children in our foster homes, youth living on our campus, and children in our after-school program — providing them the guidance to overcome their past and reach a brighter future. Thank you for giving generously today.



More Christmas Giving Ideas


Thank you to everyone who donated Christmas present from our general Wish List and sponsored individual children and youth.  Monday, December 10 was our deadline – Santa’s sleigh leaves early!  But there are still other ways to give and get involved during the holiday season!


Make a donation in memory or in honor of someone you love.

Save your friends and family from clutter – and save yourself from stress – by giving the meaningful gift of a charitable donation. We will send a lovely card acknowledging your thoughtful gift.

We can send that card in time for Christmas for any donations that we receive before December 17. Make a gift online or send a check to 500 S Columbia Drive, Decatur GA 30030 today.


Give from our Ongoing Needs List.

We are grateful that so many people remember our children during Christmas – it can be a very difficult time of year for them. But there are needs throughout the year as well. You can shop from our Ongoing Needs List and deliver the items in January to help us start the year off right.


Spread the word about our ministry.

Sign up for our email newsletter and print magazine, become our friend on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest. Then share with your friends to help us spread the word about the life-changing work we do.


Learn more about foster parenting.

For some children, all they want for Christmas is to be safe. Your home could be a safe place for a child who is scared and hurting. Learn more about becoming a foster parent today.












Georgia Gives Day – December 6


The Children’s Home is proudly participating in Georgia Gives Day.

On Thursday, December 6th, thousands of people across Georgia will raise as much money as possible in a 24-hour period for nonprofits through the website
How does it work? makes donating easy by organizing hundreds of nonprofits across the state onto one website, providing the information people need to select a cause, and enabling online donations by credit card or e-check.
How do I donate?
It’s easy! You can go directly to the Children’s Home page by clicking here and then make a donation to us. You can also visit, search and select the nonprofit of your choice.

Once you’ve selected a cause and made your donation, tell your friends by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or the outlet of your choice.



When is Georgia Gives Day?
Georgia Gives Day will take place on December 6th, 2012.

Can I only give on December 6th?
Although December 6th has been named Georgia Gives Day and the mass media campaign will focus on this day, www. will function as an ongoing, year round giving platform.

Who is involved?
Georgia Gives Day is a collaboration of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits in partnership with participating nonprofits, corporations, associations, foundations and public relations and advertising firms.

Where can I get more information?
To find out more about Georgia Gives Day and the nonprofits that are participating, visit



Do you pin?

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If you’re obsessed with Pinterest like many of us who work at UMCH are, you know what fun it can be to find pictures of the places you love and even inspiration for better living. That’s what we’re offering you on our UMCH Pinterest page as well! Right now we are pinning highlights from our website, pictures of fabulous makeovers (thanks to Room Service Atlanta), and even parenting tips we’ve found to be helpful. We think you’ll like what we’re pinning, so pop on over to and let’s start pinning!



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