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In 1856, The Bibb County Widows and Orphans Home was established “outside the city of Macon.” In the years after the Civil War, citizens in Middle Georgia suffered along with the rest of the region from lack of jobs, income and food. Rev. Jessie Boring, a Methodist Civil War chaplain, worked 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 United Methodist Church for one dollar.

The organization began its journey from an orphanage to a residential treatment and foster care provider. The Methodist Home shelters children while nourishing and enriching each child’s life to prepare them to transition into productive, healthy adult members of society. The Methodist Home in Macon has evolved from a 92-acre working farm with a few small buildings to a beautiful residential campus, which provides hope and happiness to at-risk children and youth.


The Methodist Home provides multi-faceted residential care at several sites in South Georgia to address the needs of abused, neglected and abandoned children across the state of Georgia. We provide a continuum of care, including our Lighthouse for Families counseling services and HOPE Foster Care. Services include: residential care, foster care, in-home intervention, wraparound services, child care, independent living, transitional living, higher education support, comprehensive child and family assessments, home evaluations and on-campus education.

We serve our Macon community by providing child care services through our Eagle’s Nest Children’s Center. We also have Tags of Hope Thrift Shoppe located on Vineville Avenue in Macon, where all proceeds benefit our children. The Methodist Home is a faith-based organization working to equip at-risk youth and families with the ability to grow into contributing and productive members of society.


  • Council on Accreditation (COA)
  • Quality Rated
  • United Methodist Association EAGLE faith-based accreditation
  • Organization of the year – both in the State of Georgia and by the United Methodist Association nationwide
  • Certified by The Sanctuary Institute® (first in Georgia)
  • Crisis Aggression Limitation Management (CALM) – Emergency Safety Intervention Model
  • Sexual Trauma Abuse Reaction Syndrome (STARS) – treatment of sexually abused children
  • The Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award


In response to Christ and the Church, the mission of The Methodist Home for Children and Youth is to be a model agency that restores childhoods, strengthens families and cultivates a people-building organization.


The vision of The Methodist Home is to be an organization where those we serve receive more grace, understanding, care and support than they are likely to experience elsewhere …


Our organization is committed to The Sanctuary Model® of Care. We embrace the seven commitments of The Sanctuary Model® which include:

Servant Ministry – serving others without having a motive of personal gain

Nonviolence – ensuring physical, emotional, social, and moral safety of ourselves and others

Emotional Intelligence – managing our feelings so we avoid hurting ourselves or others

Social Learning – respecting and sharing the ideas of our teams

Democracy – sharing decision making

Open Communication – creating a safe environment with transparent dialogue

Social Responsibility – everyone is responsible for organizational culture and impact

Growth and Change – moving forward with hope to the future

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