Methodist Mission Home

Rating: 4.92 stars   26 reviews

Issues:

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.
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Rating: 4 stars  

In 1989, i found myself a 15 year old pregnant teen. My pastor direxted me to the Methodist Mission Home. I lived there from May 1989 to Auguat 1989 when my beautiful baby girl was born. I was given adequate medical care, a home school teacher, adequate nutrition, and access to counseling.. although I feel counseling could have been a little better for me at that time. Regardless, counselinwas provided and there was no part of what i was about to experience and go thru that was a shock or not previously discussed. It is such an extremely hard decision, to place a chikd up for adoption... especially when i was still a child myself. However, i never felt discounted or "shamed" or anything other than deeply appreciated and respected for the major choice i was about to make for myself and my child. I was given dozens and dozens of prospective adoptive parents essays to read thru to pick my babys new parents from. Although had i not wanted to participate in that, it wasnt a requirement. But i can say, i was pregnant with a lot of women during those months and not ine of them did not want a hand in where their baby went to. I wanted an open adoption, because i wanted to be able to watch, if only through pictures, my little girl grow up. So i was given only essays from adoptive parents who were open to that. I was given so much more. I was allowed to see het many times as a young child, atend birthdays, she was even in my wedding party when i finally got married. As she got older, we formed a beautidul friendship and i was able to answer any question she had for me. She is now married and a mother herself. Sadly, we arwnt as close as we had been. She tells me its because she doesnt know what, if anything she wants her son to know. But i am very grateful for the time and opportunity i have had watching her grow up. And even still today, through the wonders of facebook and othernaocial media.. she allows me to continue to watxh her grow as a woman, wife and mother. All of this was afforded to me by the grace of God and the Methodist Mission Home.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We received an infant daughter from the Methodist Mission Home in 1983. The education provided for us was excellent, especially being helped to understand that the first priority was the well being of the child, the second was the birth parents, and we were third even though we were paying the bill. The followup program bringing adopted children together for a support group was helpful, too.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Lord directed us towards Methodist Mission Home through friends of ours at our church in San Antonio, Texas. We chose adoption as our way to grow our family. We felt very welcomed by MMH and filled out their easy pre-application form and was accepted into the domestic adoption program. The payment plan was easy and affordable compared to other agencies. Everyone at Methodist Mission Home worked tirelessly to find a perfect match between our family and the birth family. We were introduced to many birth mothers and was chosen by several but the Lord had different plans for our family. I was called to serve by putting our dreams of a baby on hold to take care of my ill father. MMH allowed us to be put on hold until we were ready. My father is in heaven with God now and just a few days after his passing I prayed to God and told him that I was ready for a baby now. Two days later MMH called us. Our baby finally found us!!! We are now blessed with a beautiful little girl named Savannah Grace. MMH was so good to us. They highly respect the goals of the birth mothers as well as the goals of the adoptive parents. I would highly recommend Methodist Mission Home to anyone who chooses domestic adoption as their way to their forever family. Thank you MMH!!!

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

participating in a perfect match between adoptive parents and birth mother.

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

remodel everyone's office and provide a less sterile looking environment and give everyone comfy furniture and beautiful decor. I can't think of anything I would change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The staff at the MMH guided my husband and me through the adoption process from start to finish. All team members we encountered were professional, helpful, caring, and more than exceeded our expectations in what we wanted to achieve in our adoption experience. As a result of the wonderful team at MMH, we have been parents of a beautiful baby girl for almost a year! If we adopt again, we will without a doubt go through the Methodist Mission Home!

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

Through our experiences with MMH we have not only added a beautiful baby girl to our family, but have made life long friends with the staff, gained knowledge of who to go to when support in the adoption process is needed, and expanded our family with relationships formed between us and our little girl's birth family.

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

If I could make changes to this organization I would add additional staff members - not because of lack of excellent service, but because it is apparent that staff responsibilities are over extended. Also, given the resources available, give the staff pay raises as my husband and I experienced first hand the hard work that the adoption services team does at all hours of the work week AND weekend, and not only in the confines of the regular work week, 9 - 5.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Internet Web Site

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Due to the support and help of MMH, my husband and I now have a baby gril.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family has participated in a domestic newborn adoption through Methodist Mission Home. The people at Methodist Mission Home helped us every step of the way and were wonderful. The process of adoption can be bumpy at times so it was nice to have so many caring individuals to help us navigate the process. It was important to us to find an adoption agency that would provide us with personalized attention and provide a loving, positive environment for birthmothers. We considered several agency and felt that Methodist Mission Home was the only one that met our criteria.

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

the adoption process. Methodist Mission Home matched my family with a wonderful young woman and helped us get to know each other before our baby was born. They provided a caring environment for the birthmother and made sure that all of her needs were met. The counselors were also available to answer all of our questions and guide us through our adoption process.

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

help them to grow in their outreach. I feel that this is such a great adoption agency with a rich history and a kind heart, however few have heard of them. I feel they do their job well.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The thing we loved about MMH was the personal attention we received from our adoption counselor. We were never made to feel bad for calling with a question or a concern. Many times we had an issue we didnt know how to deal with and we would call our counselor and just like that she was out to find a solution. Great experience, and great staff. Highly recommended!

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

Now I have a beautiful little girl that was absolutely meant for our family.

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

make it closer to me!

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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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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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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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3 people found this review helpful

I have a unique perspective on the Methodist Mission Home. My grandmother and later my father served as board members for many years. It is now my priviledge to serve as board chair, however , my most personal association with the Home was as an 18 year old pregnant, unwed girl with no future to offer a new baby at that time. The Home gave me the opportunity to provide my son with loving parents/home that he deserved. It also enabled me to continue with my plans to attend college and make a life for myself before I chose when to marry and start a family. Later, in the 70's ,the Home added a ministry for persons with hearing and multiple disabilisies to realize their persoanal goals of independence. Families and friends have witnessed their loved ones blossom in a caring, faith-based environment.

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

their support as a pregnant, unwed teen wanting a loving home for my baby.

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

Give it more resources to reach more clients.

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

Seeing the client's pride in their personal accomplishments and a new hope on their faces.

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

Professional, experienced , dedicateand compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

insure that no one need fall through the cracks of " the system " and miss the opportunity to live a rich, rewarding and productive life.

Ways to make it better...

I had not had a closed adoption. That was not available then. I think open adoption is a more healthy approach which is available in today's society.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

limitations of resources and awareness by a greater amount of the population of services available.

One thing I'd also say is that...

even though this organization is faith-based, it is not limited or restricted to any particular denomination.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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