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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Foster Care, Human Services, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

Mission: To provide redemptive, healing services that bring meaningful changes to the lives of children and families. Grounded by scripture and the tradition of the church, we seek to bring the wholeness of god's love to person's through christ.

Results: The Children’s Home is a safe haven for children, youth and their families, and we have been since 1871. We provide a loving and safe home for abused and neglected children in the state foster care system through Foster Care and Adoption for children of all ages, Independent and Transitional Living for older youth, Nurturing Connections Second Chance Program for parenting teens and their babies, and Higher Education assistance. We also work to prevent abuse and strengthen families. We believe that the best way to provide a safe and loving home for a child is to help create that in his or her own family. So our family preservation services – Family Counseling, Parenting Classes, Financial Aid and residential Family Housing – help families stay together and become stronger. Our summer and after-school program, Jesse’s House, also provides a safe place for children. Our goal for everyone we serve is to find their “Forever Family” – what we call permanency. Whether that is through adoption, reunification, staying together or standing on their own, we help our children, teens and families find their home.

Target demographics: We serve children ages birth to 21 and their families in metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1800

Programs: Family preservation services: -170 families were served through family preservation services in 2014. This includes individual counseling cases closed, parenting class graduates and family housing residents. -90% of the family housing residents graduated to a higher level of independence at the end of their time in the program.

foster care: -148 children were served in the foster care program during 2014. -22 new foster families were approved to care for foster children in 2014. -88% of the foster children served transitioned toward permanency (reunification with birth parent or adoption) upon discharge.

independent and transitional living: -51 residents were served in the independent and transitional living programs. -11 residents graduated from high school or received their ged.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Pia Jerome

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with United Methodist Children's Home approximately 1.5 years ago and have not know a more dedicated group of people to the work they throw themselves into for the children and families they have to support. I've folded T-Shirts, done mailings, organized closets and packed offices and look to be promoted to teaching sewing soon :) That's how Jane Howland and I have joked about it. She is the best - when it comes to volunteer coordinators that I've ever known. This facility as been part of my life since I was a child and it was only recently that I became involved and it has been oh so gratifying to me. I've been allowed to see firsthand how they have been instrumental in the success of the folks they are helping. Doing what I can has also been a help to me as well. Thanks United Methodist Children's Home of North Georgia! Pia Jerome

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've lived in Metro-Atlanta all my life and done a good deal of volunteering but outside the work that would be done for terminally ill children - this by far is the greatest organization that actually may be keeping children from "terminal". There can be no doubt that United Methodist Children's Home of the North GA are needed as an organization and truly doing the job with dedication, that makes me feel the same. The people working there have shown me that they are truly believing in what they do and the children and families get the very best they can work to get. They deserve more than a 5+. I am grateful that they are here to help! I've been able to work in various aspects of United Methodist Children's Home and been made to believe that what I do is the "best in the world" as the T-shirt folders or bag stuffer or organizer of closets.

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Donor

Rating: 4

It was my pleasure to visit the campus of the United Methodist Childrens Home in Decatur recently and see first hand some of the wonderful programs being provided to individual residents as well as family units. The personnel I met were trully dedicated to these young people. I am pleased to be a part of this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the honor to create a new brand logo for the United Methodist Children's Home of the North Georgia Conference in 2011, and that process taught me a lot about this great nonprofit. Their simple mission—to bring healing, God's love, and the warmth of a "forever family" to kids and families in real need—truly resonates through the whole organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering at UMCH in 2010, helping a 3rd grader with her reading and math homework. She had recently lost her mother and her family was having a difficult time. Working with her after school, we could both tell that she was making progress, and we were both thrilled when she was recognized as "most improved"! Since then, I've volunteered to help kids with reading in the Jesse's House after-school and summer programs. I have been very impressed by how well the staff and other volunteers know the children and their home situations - celebrating birthdays, comforting and encouraging the kids, and correcting very lovingly.

2 Dee_5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The United Methodist Children's Home is a fantastic organization. I have always known about the home, but thought of it more as and orphanage or group home for children. I learned that they are far more than that when Lil Jon won Celebrity Apprentice and donated his winnings to the Children's Home. I have helped wrap Christmas presents for the single mothers and their children who live on the property and for the young adults in the Independent Living program. I am volunteering at Jesse's House this summer which is a summer program for children who along with their parents are supported by this worthwhile organization. The Children's Home also supports foster children and trains those who will serve as foster parents. It is an honor and a privilege for me to volunteer at the UM Children's Home, and I hope you will endorse the United Methodist Children's Home!

2 Tim E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started helping with the Auxiliary flea markets in July 2009 and became a part of the auxiliary, most recently as recording secretary. I am impressed with how the home continuously updates its focus to fit the situation of its clients. With the State no longer sending children for congregant care, the home has shifted to foster care, young mothers assistance, emergency family housing, and independent living for youth who have aged out of the system.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer in various capacities at the UMCH. I have tutored students, helped serve luncheons, stuffed envelopes, assisted single mothers who live on campus with their children, helped with childcare, & read with children at Jesse's House. Each opportunity has allowed me to be of service to others & that makes me feel good. I have been richly blessed in my life, & my volunteering at the UMCH allows me to give back. I would encourage others to give of themselves too.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new Children's Home Board member; and I recently went through the orientation session for the new members. While I have long been familiar with the mission and work of the Children's Home, I was greatly impressed and moved by the work currently being done there. The clear commitment to the lives of children and families served, the passionate determination to continue that work despite the ever-changing terrain of children's services in Georgia, including rapidly diminishing funds available for those services...and the demonstrated agility of Children's Home staff and leadership in navigating that ever-changing terrain all left me feeling energized and looking forward to joining the Children's Home team.

2 Mary86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe United Chidren's Methodist Home is a wonderful opportunity for those who wish to volunteer by helping their fellow man. I am tutoring the English language to a wonderful young woman from Afghanistan, and already we have formed a good friendship. I am so impressed with the caring and attentiveness of the people who make United Chidren's what it is - a new home and opportunity for so many who are in need. It is only in giving to others that we grow ourselves. I would highly recommend volunteering in some program here at United Methodist Children's Home. We all have gifts to share with others so do it today!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for years, the first time I volunteered UMCH selected a teen for me to mentor. When I met her for the first time I was surprised and thought they did not match us up so well. Because prior to the selection you fill out a lengthy questionnaire and was interviewed. However, my years with the young was a very good match and we built a good open communication and repoire.