Methodist Children’s Homes celebrates 125 years of service in Miss.

8/25/2021

By Tichina Wilson, MCH Communications Coordinator
 












Methodist Children’s Homes’ Water Valley location in
1897, housing up to 125 children - photo courtesy MCH
Methodist Children’s Homes is celebrating 125 years of bringing hope and healing to hurting children in Mississippi. It all began in 1871 when the Methodist Conference appointed a committee composed of three ministers to look into developing a home for orphans. After the first meeting on January 8, 1896, one year later a home would be built in Water Valley that could house up to 125 children. Since then, the ministry developed into four therapeutic group homes, therapeutic foster homes across the Jackson-Metro area, a Permanency Assessment Center and Magnolia Youth Services. Overall, MCH has served over 11,000 children.
 
From the Great Depression in 1929, to WWII and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic, heroic Methodists have championed together to ensure the home will continue. The ministry has overcome many obstacles to get to where it is today. President and CEO Devon Loggins recalls a time where he saw firsthand God at work. He Loggins shared that a few years ago he met a 90-year-old man who grew up at Methodist Children’s Homes during The Great Depression.

MCH President and CEO stands proudly with alumnus, Kristopher, at his military graduation in 2018. Photo courtesy of MCH“He didn’t realize until he went to that family that there was a depression going on… that the Methodist Home had cared for him so greatly [and] that the kids of MCH didn’t realize there were people out there suffering.”
 
Despite a global pandemic, MCH provided services to dozens of children throughout the state in 2020. Eleven children were adopted into loving families, including three sibling groups, while five children were reunited with their birth families. This fall, the Permanency Assessment Center will open its doors as the only center like it in the state. Through this center, MCH will welcome in a specialized population of CPS youth who are the most difficult to place resulting in out of state placement and/or hotel room placements.

Methodist Children’s Homes has changed in several ways over the past 125 years, but the thing that remains is a passion for serving children who need it the most. Thank you to each United Methodist Church throughout the Mississippi Annual Conference. Without your support, prayers and partnership, Methodist Children’s Homes would not have been able to serve the children of Mississippi for over a century. However, our mission is not complete. 4,800 children remain in foster care in Mississippi and that’s why we need your continued support.
 
Join us in celebrating 125 years of serving the children of Mississippi. Due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases, we will be hosting a virtual celebration on November 9, 2021, with hopes of an in-person event in the spring of 2022. The United Methodist church has been our biggest supporter over the years, and we look forward to celebrating this great milestone with you.
 
For more information, visit our website www.mchms.org or contact Mandy Bufkin at mbufkin@mchms.org

Photo above, right caption: MCH President and CEO stands proudly with alumnus, Kristopher, at his military graduation in 2018. - Photo courtesy of MCH
 

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