Lil Jon shares with 11 Alive News why he chose us!

11Alive News’ Karyn Greer interviewed Celebrity Apprentice contestant Lil Jon this morning live on air. She asked him about why he chose the Children’s Home as his charity, and they even showed some of her interviews with our amazing youth and families! Watch the clip below, and don’t forget to tune in to The Celebrity Apprentice this Sunday night at 9 p.m. when Lil Jon attempts to win money for UMCH as Project Manager for Team Backbone!


The healing power of horses

equine therapy for UMCH youth


The Children’s Home will be offering training on Equine Therapy on Monday, April 4 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. This will be an insightful training – featuring live horses – that will teach you how to use horses in an academic, therapeutic and recreational capacity. The trainer, Denise Chase, is a successful horse farm owner, trainer and teacher. The training will also feature a young lady from Denise Chase’s farm who has overcome an eating disorder with the help of equine therapy.


UMCH youth participate in equine therapy


This training will take place on our campus here in Decatur, and horses will be at the training. The cost to the public is $30 a person. RSVP to Sarah Ziegler, or call 404.327.5848 with any questions.

National Training and Resource Center

An update on baby Emma

Baby Emma


If you receive our magazine, Signposts, you may have read our cover story recently about baby Emma. (To read the printed story, click here.) Emma was diagnosed as a newborn with tri-retinal carcinoma – a cancer that her mother survived as well. Emma has been undergoing intensive chemotherapy, which is incredibly hard on her little body. It has been very difficult for her parents for obvious reasons, but also very hard financially. Our Gainesville District Office received a call that this family was in need of help, and UMCH staff responded to not only help this family, but also to organize local churches to offer support to the family as well.


Emma’s mother contacted us this week to let us know how Emma is doing. Emma has one more treatment remaining for chemotherapy (lasting about a month). The good news is that she has been maintaining her weight at 17 pounds (which is very important), and the best news of all is that the tumors in Emma’s eyes have been reduced to scars and the tumor in her brain has shrunk 75 percent in mass! The doctors are really pleased with Emma’s progress and are “very optimistic” about her recovery.


We are rejoicing with Emma’s family, and continuing to pray for her healing. Thank you also for praying for baby Emma!


An update on this update… We just heard that Emma is pretty sick right now, and that her family is having some significant financial issues as well. Please join us in praying for her healing and God’s provision for her family. Thank you!

UMCH and The Celebrity Apprentice!

We are extremely excited to announce that Lil Jon – Atlanta music producer, rapper and entrepreneur – has selected UMCH as his designated charity while he competes on NBC’s hit show The Celebrity Apprentice! Watch the video below to hear Lil Jon explain why he chose UMCH!



There is much more info to come, so keep checking our website for updates, and be sure and watch The Celebrity Apprentice starting March 6, at 9 PM ET/PT. (And we’d love for you to share this link with all your family and friends to get everyone excited about the show! Thanks!)

The difference a dinner table makes

We just had a new family move into one of our Family Housing units with three children, ages 5, 7 and 8. The school bus will start picking them up next week, but in the meantime, one of our staff members, Hillary, has been picking them up at 7 a.m. for the drive to school. The first morning Hillary pulled up, the children piled in her car and were excitedly talking over each other about their new house and beds and blankets, and they even told her how excited they were to say their prayers and go to sleep in their new rooms.


This morning, five-year-old Sharde had even more to report to Hillary. She said she loved last night because “we got to be like a real family and sit around the dinner table and pass plates. I love having a dinner table.”


I get chill bumps as I share this story – what a profound impact you are having on children and families with your support of the Children’s Home. As many of us sit around our dinner tables tonight with our own families, may we all think of Sharde and her family and say a prayer for them and all the other families in our housing program who are working hard to stay together.

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