Methodist Mission Home

Rating: 4.92 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Disabilities, Job Training, Human Services, Religion

Location: 6487 Whitby Road San Antonio TX 78240 USA

Mission:

 

Methodist Mission Home offers hope to individuals facing spiritually, emotionally and physically challenging circumstances so they may lead enriched, rewarding and satisfying lives.

 

Through professional guidance and compassionate support, teens and young women facing unplanned pregnancies and families considering adoption make mutually beneficial decisions.

 

Through transitional education including life skills and vocational training, young adults with disabilities and those who are deaf develop confidence and competence to reach their personal level of independent living.


Results: Since 1890’s adoption services has been our signature service. Since 1947 we have placed over 5700 babies in loving families.  Since 1974, thousands of young adults with disabilities have received life skills and/or vocational training towards personal independence.
Target demographics: pregnant teens and young women, famlies seeking to adopt. Young people, 18 years and older who are challenged with a disability and those who are deaf. We do not discriminate with regards to religion, race or gender. Students must be 18 years or older to enroll in SCHI and there are age requirements for families seeking to adopt.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2010 Adoption Services provided adoption outreach to 248 pregnant teens and young women. Forty Nine enrolled in the program and 34 babies were placed in loving homes. SCHI provided a transitional education to 134 young adults with disabilties.
Geographic areas served: Primarily Texas but also some nationally
Programs: The MMH Adoption Services program provides professional guidance and counseling throughout the adoption process. Birth mothers receive adoption education, professional counseling and emotional support and financial assistance with their maternity related expenses. The Maternity Center is located on campus and provides a safe residence for birth mothers if needed during the pregnancy. Birth mothers also receive up to two years of post-adoption counseling, at no cost for them. The Adoption Services program assists families wanting to build their family through adoption. We offer domestic infant, international, and older child adoption services. The MMH Adoption Resource Center provides post adoption services for birth parents, adoptees, and families. Southwest Center for Higher Independence provides a transitional education including life skills and vocational training to young adults who are 18 years and older and who are challenged with a qualifying disability and those who are deaf.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted our son through Methodist Mission Home 18 months ago. The Mission Home guided us through the paperwork, and supported us through the waiting process. They also helped us at the hospital and with all of the legal issues surrounding adoption. They are professional, and, more impotantly, kind.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life with a toddler.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them more funding so they could hire more people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an adoptee from this Wonderful Home. Many years ago I was placed with the most incredible parents that the world has ever known. My life has been exceptional and very very happy. I owe so much to Methodist Mission Home for the Fabulous life I have been fortunate enough to live.

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I have seen Methodist Mission Home come from very close to closing to being a very very successful and profitable organization that helps so many people achieve their goals. I am so very blessed to know the people that support and keep this beautiful Home running.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more people to fund the operation and the beautification of the facility.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3rd Generation Board member who has been invilved since the 1920's watching lives being made better by adoption through the Family Services...giving loving couples who could NOT have children provide rich , full lives to children and provide the birth mother to make a better life with maturity and opportunity to further her education.
SCHI ( Southwest Center for Higher Independence ) tailors a program for young adults with learning, hearing and or physical disabilities fulfill their individual best life skills. The goals range from teh client better function in their home environment to those who can achieve skills and independence to hold entry level jobs and reside in their own housing. The Genesis Cooperative offers accomadations on our 25 acre campus for other ministeries including the San Antonio Food Bank, the Light program for transitionong women back into society after drug addiction, etc.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

8+ years of sucessful child placements and countless lives transformed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to expand the current ministeries by improving programs, the physical plant and create opportunities to offer new ministeries.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm proud to be a volunteer and give back to an organization that made a huge difference in my life. I'm so very pleased with the professionalism and integrity of Methodist Mission Home, and I'm glad to be able to contribute to its success.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My wife and I received adoption services from MMH. MMH partnered with an international agency. In only 7 months, we had a referral, and we adopted a beautiful son from Russia within 10 months. MMH opened the doors for our new family member and continued to provide support services after the adoption was complete. Working with MMH was a life-altering, bountiful, and fulfilling experience. We're so glad we got to share it with them!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Tell the world about what a great organization it is.

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2 people found this review helpful

I was adopted from the MMH in 1977. The home provided great care for my birthmother, and was great counsel to my parents. My parents were able to give back to the home by serving as mentors to other parents going through the process.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I received counseling services through MMH in 1995 to prepare me to meet my biological families.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am not sure of any suggested changes. From my experiences, the MMH is a great organization doing great Christian work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Methodist Mission Home has ministeries to meet the needs of clients looking for the opportunity to achieve their personal best in the SCHI program build loving families with the services for infant, older and international adoption. All " Giving God's Children a Faith, a FAmily , a Future".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The adoption service.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Use the 25 acre campus to add additional programs for transitioning stages of life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was adopted from the Methodist Mission Home in 1969. I am very appreciative for what the Methodist Mission Home did for my Birth Mother during her challenging times as a Mother who was too young to properly care for me at the time. I was blessed with wonderful Adoptive parents who raised me from birth. I was re-acquainted with my Birth Parents when I was 27 years and have also had a wonderful relationship with them for the past 14 years. I joined the Methodist Mission Home Board about 3 years ago with the ambition to give back my time and talents to the organization that helped bring me into the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to see all that the Methodist Mission Home offers, both as an Adoptee and now as a Board Member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to help raise money to continue their campus renovations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have know of the work of MMH for over 35 years. However, I became directly involved as a member of the Board of Directors about 5 years ago.

This place has a wonderful ministry. First, to the students in the SCHI as they experience the love and acceptance while training for life skills that help them live independantly and fruitfully.

Second, to the birth mothers who come to the MMH to give birth and consider giving their children up for adoption. They are well cared for physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Third, to the adopted children, who are given the opportunity for a loving home that provides a positive outlook for their future.

And finally, to the adoptive families who have the joy of receiving a new child to love and raise.

This place creates hope and give life in many, many ways.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a Board Member and through the families of congregations I've served who have benefited from the ministries of the MMH.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to increase the ministry! There are no negatives other than the inability to minister to more persons.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

A part of the Ministry of the United Methodist Church

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Continued quality care of the SCHI and Adoption clients

What is its top priority in the long run?

To expand the ministry - meeting more of the needs of the SCHI and Adoption Clients

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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6 people found this review helpful

Our first contact with The Methodist Mission Home was in 1983 when we adopted our son. We returned two years later to adopt our daughter. Over the years we have stayed in contact with the MMH, providing each other with updates about our kids. We have been very impressed with their supportive, caring and professional staff and particularly appreciate the personal attention that we have received.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the personal attention from everyone invovled with the Methodist Mission Home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

My relationship with Methodist Mission Home began in 1967 when we adopted our son. I've watched the organization grow through good and hard times. When societal changes lessened the need for the cloistered maternity care, the Mission Home adapted. They were pioneers in the movement toward open adoption. Now an adoptive mother has the comfort of choosing and building a realtionship with the parents who will raise her child. when it became clear that the maternity center did not need the full campus again the Mission Home adapted, They went looking for a need and found that Deaf young adults with secondary disabilities were not being well served ad the Southwest Center for the Hearing Impaired was instituted. Yet another change came when it was decided to accept students with multiple disabilities not necessarily including deafness. Now known as the Southwest Center for Higher Independence, this program of the Methodist Mission Home helps oung adults with disabilities to learn independent living skills and job readiness. One aspect of the training the students receive is a course in food safety and culinary skills. Methodist Mission Home partners with the San Antonio Food Bank to prepares the student not only to cook for themselves safely, but also prepares them to work in a commercial kitchen if that is thier interest. SCHI prepares students for a well rounded, independent life. I was privileged to serve as chaplain at Methodist Mission home for sveral years (retiring in June of '09) One event which we developed to help students deepen their spiritual life and develop leadership skills is the annual three day retreat called "A Walk With Jesus". The job coaches help students find job and then mentor them through the first three months. Extra curricular activities in sports, art and music are also offered to enrich the lives of the students. All in all I think the Mission Home is a outstanding non-profit organization worthy of generous support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

continued contact with some of the graduates. It is a joy to hear from students who are living successfully on their own.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, skilled ad caring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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