In 1856, The Bibb County Widows and Orphans Home was established "3 miles outside the city of Macon". In the years after the Civil War, citizens in Middle Georgia suffered along with the rest of the region with lack of jobs, income, and food. Rev. Jessie Boring, a Civil War chaplain, worked across The Georgia Conference of The Methodist Episcopal Church, South to establish a place of refuge for needy children and youth. In 1872, Bibb County sold the Home to the South Georgia Conference of the Methodist Church for one dollar, and the organization began its journey from an orphanage to a residential treatment and foster care provider, that shelters while nourishing and enriching each child’s life to prepare them to transition into productive, healthy adult members of society. Over the last 139 years, the Home has evolved from a 92-acre working farm with a few small buildings to a beautiful residential campus that provides hope and happiness to at-risk children and youth.
Today the Methodist Home is a multi-faceted residential care home providing a continuum of specialized treatment programs that address the needs of abused, neglected and abandoned children. The Methodist Home’s mission seeks to restore lost childhoods, strengthen families and cultivate a people-building organization. Since 1987, the Methodist Home has exemplified this mission and provided a safe haven and impacted the lives of more than 10,000 children from across the State of Georgia through our operations in Macon, Americus, Valdosta, St. Marys, Columbus, and Waverly Hall. The Methodist Home exists as a faith-based organization to provide at-risk youth the security, education and hope necessary to transition into contributing and productive adult members of society.
In addition to its rich heritage, The Methodist Home stands tall as a program of excellence. It is the only childcare agency in Georgia with dual accreditation by both the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the United Methodist Association (EAGLE), and has held both accreditations for 20 years. The Methodist Home has been recognized as organization of the year both in the state of Georgia and by the United Methodist Association nationwide. The Methodist Home has demonstrated its commitment to best practices through its innovative programs (such as First Placement-Best Placement and Intensive Family Visitation), through pioneering a national grant in reduction of physical restraint in residential care (CALM), through development of workplace assessment for staff (NCPC), and in treatment of sexually abused children (STARS). The Methodist Home has been honored by the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for high ethics in the marketplace. More than a dozen other awards hang proudly in our Heritage Hall. Our staff is widely recognized for their excellence, as evidenced by the numerous awards hanging in offices across our campuses. When you partner with The Methodist Home to meet the needs of abused and neglected children, you are joining with an organization committed to both excellence and service!