Life at the Presbyterian Home
“My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32:18
The Presbyterian Home for Children campus is a “safe haven” for our residential young ladies and transitional housing families. Our residents are in a warm Christian environment that encourages learning, growth, and being the young person or adult that God hopes for us all to be. In each of our campus programs, residents are taught life skills and social skills while being given the opportunity to put these lessons into practice and achieve personal success.
Secure Dwellings Program
Our Secure Dwellings families reside in on-campus family cottages. Each family has private bedrooms and a bathroom. Common areas of cooking, dining, and fellowship are shared by families within the cottage. During the day, school-aged children attend our on-campus SACS-accredited school. Female caregivers work each day with the Director of the Secure Dwellings Program to learn the life and job skills necessary to become self-sufficient. These ladies are assisted in finding employment and becoming financially stable, while their children are able to learn, play, rest, and grow in a safe and uplifting Christian environment.
Do not be surprised if you come to volunteer on campus and find some of our older Secure Dwellings children outside playing a game of basketball or Hide and Seek. Among our younger children, favorite activities include tea parties, cartoon watching, and story time. You just might be invited to sit down for a “spot of tea”.
Transition to Adult Living Program
Ladies in our Transition to Adult Living Program reside in two cottages on campus. Participants meet with their program director twice a week to learn lessons on budgeting, job interviews, nutrition, etc., and to work through obstacles and make new personal goals. The director works with each young lady to provide accountability, guidance, and moral support. Each participant is given a private bedroom and bathroom, while common areas are shared with other program participants. A young woman in our program will spend the majority of her time at one of the local colleges seeking higher education and/or at her location of employment working toward financial stability. In addition to school and work, program participants make sure to find time for food, fun, and relaxation amongst their cottage family.
Many times during the week, the participants will decide to prepare a family meal or have a movie night. These young ladies are able to bond over their past experiences, current situation, and hopes for the future. They come to the cottage as strangers and they leave as life-long friends.
Moderate Residential Care
Our Moderate Residential Care participants live at the Home in a family cottage of up to 8 children and 1 or 2 houseparents. Meals are either prepared in the cottages or eaten in the communal dining hall. The young people attend school on-campus at Hope Academy. Residents are supervised around the clock by house parents and residential services staff. Cottage residents participate as a group in off-campus activities such as sports, personal shopping or going to the movies. Activities are planned in advance with transportation provided by our campus staff.
The beautiful 88-acre campus provides its own recreational opportunities – a gymnasium, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, a softball field, and plenty of bike riding areas. Students can participate on the school’s boys and girls’ basketball teams as well as a variety of city and church league teams.