You can be a champion!

Have you ever read a story about a child or family in need and wondered what you could do to help? At the Children’s Home we try to make it as easy as possible for you to get involved at whatever level you’re comfortable – whether that’s volunteering a few minutes of your time, volunteering every week, donating money, picking up some much-needed items, or many other ways to serve.


The best way to keep up with our needs and opportunities is through the Children’s Home Champions newsletter. The monthly email includes volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, tangible items that you can donate, and projects that you can contribute to. It also highlights how UMCH has put your gifts to work with stories of volunteers, groups and our children and families.



Thank you for being a champion for the children and families we serve!

What they do is no picnic…

But we threw a fun one to celebrate them!

decor and program

Year after year, our Auxiliary goes above and beyond in their efforts to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Home, mainly through three yearly flea markets.  And every year we say thanks with a luncheon in their honor.


This year’s theme was a picnic, complete with fun decor, delicious food, door prizes, and beautiful music by Bill Callaway from Chamblee First UMC.

Bill Callaway plays the piano


Auxiliary eating lunch


more of the Auxiliary eating lunch


Auxiliary eating lunch

We hope our Auxiliary had a great time. We can’t say thanks enough for all they do to support the children and families we serve at UMCH!

Share your love of reading with a child this summer


Reading volunteers with Jesse's HouseYou can be a part of something BIG this summer by volunteering with Jesse’s House at the United Methodist Children’s Home!


Jesse’s House is a safe, holistic summer and after-school program through which elementary and middle school children, youth and their families connect with the wholeness of God’s love, churches engage in ministry and young adults grow as leaders.


This summer, from June 4 through July 27, Jesse’s House will serve nearly 120 children and youth at three Jesse’s House locations:

  • the Children’s Home campus (Decatur)
  • North Decatur United Methodist Church (Decatur)
  • Ebenezer United Methodist Church (Conyers)


Jesse’s House will primarily be run by 20 young adult interns who will live in community with a house pastor on the Emory University Campus.


How you can help

  • Serve as a reading volunteer at one of our three sites. Each day (Monday through Thursday) of the summer, each child gets one-on-one reading time with an adult. This cannot happen without dedicated volunteers like you. Groups can sign up to cover one week’s worth of reading volunteers for one site.


  • Provide meals for our young adult interns.
    Groups can sign up to cover one week’s worth of meals (Breakfast: Monday through Friday; Dinner: Sunday through Wednesday)


For more information and to sign up to serve, please contact Sarah Paxton (419.296.3177).


“Thank you” hardly seems enough, but…

… we’re going to say it anyway! It’s National Volunteer Week, and we couldn’t let it pass without saying a huge THANK YOU to all of our amazing volunteers at the Children’s Home. Not a day goes by without someone making a significant contribution of time and energy to make the Children’s Home a better place for the children and families we serve.


Some of our volunteers work directly with our children and families: reading, tutoring, mentoring and child care.

Volunteer with child


Some work tirelessly in our flea market buildings week after week: collecting, cleaning, pricing and selling items to benefit our programs at UMCH.

Auxiliary Flea Market volunteers


Bobbie Wakamo, Flea Market volunteer


Flea Market volunteers


Others help us make the Children’s Home a beautiful, safe place to live by painting, cleaning, weeding and planting.

Peachtree Road volunteers planting


And some feed hearts and stomachs by hosting Agape Meals – preparing dinner and spending time with our children and families on Sunday evenings.

Simpsonwood UMC Agape Meal volunteers in the kitchen


Simpsonwood UMC Agape Meal volunteers grilling


However they give, they give wholeheartedly – with compassion, understanding and generosity. We could not do what we do without our volunteers. This week and every week, we give thanks for them and for everyone who gives sacrificially to join us in “Healing Children, Uniting Families and Changing Lives” at the United Methodist Children’s Home.

The Grand Opening of our newest program!

The front of Whitehead Hall

Whitehead Hall has served many purposes through the years, but perhaps none so important as the task ahead: housing young mothers and their babies.


So on this glorious day in April, we celebrated the grand opening of the Nurturing Connections Second Chance Program.


Shower food

The theme for the Open House was… a Baby Shower, of course!


Richard Puckett at Open House

Dr. Richard Puckett, Director of PR & Development at UMCH, welcomed the crowd and opened the short ceremony with a prayer for the young moms and babies who will soon fill the rooms of the building.


Kathy Herren at Open House

Kathy Herren, Acting Deputy Director of the Division of Family and Children Services, spoke and introduced Ron Scroggy.


Ron Scroggy at Open House

Ron Scroggy, Acting State Director of the Division of Family and Children Services, spoke to the crowd.


Terence Johnson at open house

Terence Johnson, Director of Programs at UMCH, introduced the new UMCH employees who will staff the Second Chance program.


Ribbon cutting

The staff of the Second Chance program had the honor of cutting the ribbon.


Bedroom inside
Inside: one of the bedrooms to be shared by a mom and her baby.


Princess bed

A little girl will no doubt love sleeping in this cute bed!


Play area

A sitting/play area



Where the young ones will play!


While the chaos that will bring these young mothers and their babies to us is difficult, we are excited and honored to be able to serve families in this way, and to instill hope and a “second chance” for these youth and their children.

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