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Party time!

Members from Silver Leaf Lodge Number 457 came out this weekend to throw a fabulous Back-to-School Party for our campus. Families from our Family Housing Program and students from Independent Living all came out to enjoy the hamburgers and hot dogs and just enjoy a great time together.


Child from Family Housing


Silver Leaf Lodge brought everything for the party – the food, the grill, and all the supplies!


Volunteers serve the food


They even brought enough school supplies to give a bag-full to every family who came, as well as stocking UMCH’s supply closet for future families.


Silver Leaf Lodge's donation of school supplies


But the best part of the party in the eyes of our children was the BOUNCY HOUSE!


jumpy house


Not only did the group bring the party, but midway through the event, they surprised us with a $500 check from CF Property Management, as well as cash donations of over $100 they had collected from members in addition to all the school supplies. Wow!


Giant check from CF Property Management


We are grateful to Silver Leaf Lodge and all their friends and family who made the party a memorable day for our children and families!


more jumpy house


Little boy from Family Housing

First “Family Night” a big hit!

With the summer camp portion of Jesse’s House coming to a close, our staff invited the children and their families from Jesse’s House to our first Family Night. Jesse’s House families came to celebrate what their children have done this summer in the program, while having an opportunity to play and interact together as well.


JH family


Little boy from Jesse's House


JH boy plays basketball


The goal for the night was for the parents and children to play together and encourage each other as a family. They played several “Minute to Win It” games together, and all of the families won gift cards for categories like “spirit award” and “encouragement.”


girl plays minute to win it


woman plays minute to win it


minute to win it game


Children and families play "Minute to Win It"


The Program Manager for Jesse’s House, Joy Claybrook, shared about the night of encouragement for the children and families: “We gave each child a tote bag with a stuffed animal, crayons and a book. Each child’s leader picked out a special book for them and wrote a note inside the cover. We then brought each of the children up one by one and told their parents how we have seen them grow and all of the wonderful things we have noticed in their child this summer. We then prayed a blessing over all of the children.”


What a special night for both the children in Jesse’s House and their parents. We are hopeful that Family Night will be an ongoing event to encourage our families!

A creative creation: made with a purpose

Recently in one of our chapel services on Sunday night, the Rev. Ellen Shepard shared with our children, youth and families how each of them was made with a purpose. She spoke of how none of us are created by accident and that we each play a role in this world. She used the creation story as an example of this, and everyone created a part of the creation story with clay. Then one of our residents retold the creation story using the molded clay.


One of our youth demonstrated his own uniqueness with his re-creation of “Day Seven” in the creation story – when God rested. We were all impressed with how he thought out of the box with his art.


day seven


The next time you take a “Sabbath,” or even just kick back on your sofa or couch, remember how you are uniquely and wonderfully made!

How you can pray for us

Looking for a way to help our children and families, but your time and wallet are both stretched to the max? Why not add the Children’s Home to your prayer list? Whether in your own personal reflection time or in your circle or other church group, the prayers you offer up on our behalf are always needed and most appreciated. Here are some current and specific ways you can pray for us.


  • The children, staff and volunteers of Jesse’s House. Pray that this new program enriches the youth and families who are participating. Pray that our Jesse’s House staff and interns will be encouraged by the important work they are doing. Pray that our volunteers will recognize what a gift spending time reading with a child offers.
  • Pray for those staff who work with our TLP participants. Pray that their visits with these young adults will help them on their way to full self-sufficiency.
  • Pray for our ILP residents who will be leading VBS for the Stewart Center in Reynoldstown in July. Pray that God will use this opportunity to care for others to teach and inspire all involved.
  • Pray for all families connected with UMCH, from those in Family Housing to those in our Foster Care program. Pray that this summer will be a time of rest, renewal and joy for each of them.


Thank you for your prayers and support for our children and families! We are very grateful for them, and for you.

Monique finds a home at UMCH

Monique and Legend are in our Family Housing program, and Monique was gracious to share her story with us in this powerful video that premiered at Annual Conference last week.



We are proud of what Monique has accomplished during her stay with us, and we’re excited to see what her future holds!

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