History

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 this 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 141 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 respond to Christ and the Church as we restore lost childhoods, strengthen families and cultivate a people-building organization. Since 1872, the Methodist Home has exemplified this mission and provided a safe haven and impacted the lives of more than 12,000 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 break the cycle of abuse and neglect and grow into contributing and productive adult members of society.

The Methodist Home’s rich heritage includes a long history of being acknowledged as a program of excellence. We are honored to be recognized over the past 20 plus years with dual accreditation by both the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the United Methodist Association (EAGLE). The Methodist Home has also 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 our commitment to best practices through our innovative programs (such as Sanctuary and Intensive Family Visitation), through pioneering a national grant in reduction of physical restraint in residential care (CALM), through continual development of staff (Sanctuary), and in treatment of sexually abused children (STARS). The Methodist Home has been honored with the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for high ethics in the marketplace along with more than a dozen other awards hanging proudly in our Heritage Hall. Our staff members are 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!

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