A wonderful mission that makes a real difference in the lives of local children. You know what your donation is going towards and you get updates on what is happening with the children's home. You know you are truly a part of something that makes a positive difference.
I was Missions Chair at my church for a few years and became involved through the Angel Tree program... personally delivered the gifts from our church to the Children's Home in Enterprise. How can anyone argue with helping children!!! God's greatest gifts to us! Remember... it isn't the children's fault that they often are in situations we find hard to believe... so, let's all help in any way we can... I have been donating for at least 5 years now... and plan to continue! God Bless the CHILDREN... Jesus said... Bring the Children unto me....
We have been associated as volunteers, supporters and as a board member at FUMCH for over 16 years. We have experienced how they have literally saved the lives of countless children thru their love and care . The early child care school is among the best in the state and sorely needs expansion. Their residential program for therapeutic needs children has grown over the past several years to be a model for others. T he Legacy Academy allows residents an educational program when a traditional school is not suitable. The Foster Care and Extended Living programs are expanding to meet the needs throught the state. We are proud of the United Methodist efforts to provide these services to the community.
The Florida Methodist Children's Home answers the call from Christ to bring the little children to Him. They do the work work with love and compassion and make a difference in the lives of so many children who otherwise are disadvantaged. As a Florida Methodist I am pleased to continue to support the home that is "Home" to so many in need.
On our first tour of the campus, we were blessed with an opportunity to visit one of the "family" homes. We were very impressed with how well the children got along with each other and with the parents. The way this organization treats the children with respect and understanding and love, was truly amazing. From the time the child enters the home, the main goal of the staff is to make sure that they are safe physically and emotionally. Every staff member that we met seemed to really care about helping the children live as close as possible to a normal healthy life. This an incredible organization and we feel that Florida is blessed to have it in our state.
Some attention needs to be focused on the situation with meals at this facility. In particular, menu planning and logistics are NOT coordinated in any useful sense -- menus are not being based on supplies on hand OR on meeting budget constraints. Meals have been served late, with major elements missing (no butter for bread or for making gravy, for example). Cucumber salad for 100 people involved the purchase of FOUR cucumbers; bananas purchased Friday for a fruit salad on Monday were left out all weekend in the heat, and were PAST ripe on Monday...
The person planning the menus is overloaded with other responsibilities, all of which are suffering, yet insists on micro-managing the entire process. From their Facebook page I understand that a long-term cook has just recently retired -- I have to wonder to what extent this ongoing issue was involved in that retirement.
In early December I visited Florida United Methodist Children's Home with a group from Pine Castle United Methodist in Orlando. It was a great experience! The campus is much larger than I had imagined, it's a lovely setting with many trees, and the staff were friendly and seemed very caring. I was impressed that the children live in "cottages," each with a "mother and father" to give them guidance and love. (The cottages are usually a long house-like building that holds about 12 children.) They all live there together as a family and eat their meals together. Children also attend school, and have access to medical care and counseling. They have chapel services on campus, too. What a wonderful home for kids who have had a rough spot in life.
Review from Guidestar