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




The UMCH family warmly welcomes our new CEO, Bob Bruder-Mattson. Bob takes the reigns from Bev Cochran, who is stepping down from his role as Administrator of the Home to enjoy a well-deserved break from his 43 years of leadership.


Bob comes to the Children’s Home with almost 17 years of experience at the American Cancer Society, followed by the formation and management of his own consulting firm. Ralph Jones, chair of the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Home, expressed the Board’s confidence that Bob possesses the qualities necessary to lead the Home into the next phase of its existence. The Board chair went on to say that “the Trustees found Bob to be exceptionally strong in his Christian faith and desiring to serve God in his vocation; highly intelligent; a creative thinker; an accomplished businessperson with a proven track record of success in fundraising; and that he has proven himself to be a strong, compassionate leader possessing the ability to inspire those around him.”

Bob is a native of Minneapolis, MN, and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, where he met his wife Sue. Bob and Sue have been married 29 years and live in Roswell with their three daughters: Katherine (22), Emily (18) and Madeline (16). Bob is an active member of his church family and has served as a small group leader, Sunday school teacher, worship leader, choir member and board member.


“It’s an honor and a privilege to be serving as the Chief Executive Officer for the United Methodist Children’s Home,” Bob shares. “As a husband, father and committed follower of Jesus Christ, I believe very strongly in the mission of bringing Christ’s love, healing and restoration to children, young adults and families. UMCH has a great history of being the hands and feet of Christ in our communities, and I look forward to serving in this ministry alongside its many dedicated volunteers and staff.”  


Join us in welcoming Bob to UMCH!


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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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