Methodist Children's Home
Methodist Children's Home (MCH) is a child care ministry affiliated with the six United Methodist Annual Conferences of Texas and New Mexico. Founded in 1890, MCH began as an orphanage and has developed into a comprehensive program of care. MCH serves annually more than 6,000 children, youth and families through residential care, a Boys Ranch, foster care, in-home services to strengthen the family and a transition living program. MCH offers hope to children, youth and families through a nurturing, Christian community.
Youth (generally) ages 12-18 are provided with services that enable them to build positive relationships with caring staff members who are committed to helping the youth grow physically, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. Recreation and sportsprograms enable youth to participate in group activities. Located in northwest waco, texas, the historic 130-acre campus features georgian-style homes and a charter school. The boys ranch provides care for youth on a 500-acre rural ranch setting northeast of waco. Residents participate in future farmers of america (ffa) activities as well as other programs to develop discipline, a strong work ethic and self-confidence.
Family Outreach Programs$3.4m
Families in need are offered support through outreach offices in texas and new mexico. In-home services are provided to strengthen families through case management and community partnerships. In certain circumstances, foster care is also provided in texas for children from birth through 17 years of age until the parents are able to resume parenting.
Young adults ages 18-25 are assisted with preparation for college, vocational school, or employment in order to make a successful transition into independent living. Staff work with youth during their junior and senior years of high school to prepare for this program. Scholarships of more than $400,000 are awarded annually to mch graduates and alumni to pursue education at four-year colleges, community colleges, and trade schools.