Youth learn how to cook healthy meals on a budget

ILP nutrition class


Youth in our Independent Living Program are enjoying a nutrition class on Tuesday nights in the wonderful new teaching space in newly renovated Leigh Cottage. The class is made possible by a University of Georgia grant program, and it teaches the students nutrition concepts as well as how to cook on low budget. In every class, the teacher, Lynda Flowers, prepares a meal in front of the students, and everyone gets to sample the dish.


Mary Pittman, Manager of ILP, is pleased to see how the youth are enjoying the class and learning at the same time: “The teacher comes from a place of understanding with the youth. She talks a lot about health issues related to poverty — because it is cheaper to eat processed food.”


Mary says the students participate in the class and give good feedback to Ms. Flowers, who gets them laughing a lot. “She’s very interactive, does lots of role plays and games, and engages them in conversation,” Mary says. “This week, she talked about incorporating fruits and veggies into your meal and buying produce in season to save money. I do think that they’re learning a lot.”

Yeah!!!!!!! Lil Jon wins $40,000 for the Children’s Home!

We are incredibly grateful to Lil Jon, Donald Trump and The Celebrity Apprentice, and ACN for the $40,000 prize that Lil Jon won on Sunday night’s episode of The Celebrity Apprentice.


The money won by Lil Jon will go far to help the children and families we serve, as we offer redemptive, healing services that bring meaningful change to their lives!


Tune in to The Celebrity Apprentice next week to hopefully see a UMCH representative accept the check from Lil Jon!

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!

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