Methodist Family Health celebrates 120 years of dedicated care
After starting out as an orphanage in 1899, Methodist Family Health is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. The orphanage helped place hundreds of children into permanent homes before becoming the organization it is today.
Since its establishment more than a decade ago, Methodist Family Health has grown to manage a children’s home, behavioral hospital, and counseling clinics around Arkansas. It has also created the Methodist Family Health Foundation, a nonprofit entity to further help its cause.
Its priority is helping to strengthen families, offering a complete continuum of care, including services such as emergency sheltering, group homes, counseling clinics, outpatient counseling, school and community counseling, and Arkansas CARES.
Arkansas CARES is a center for addiction research, education and services for mothers who struggle with substance abuse or mental health issues that allows these mothers to keep their children while they work on themselves, subsequently helping their family as a whole.
There is a day treatment center in Benton, located on River Street, that offers students a personalized learning experience, through which a teacher can spend more quality time with a child and offer assistance better suited for them.
This center also comes equipped with experienced behavioral and educational staff, so that each child gets the care they need.
Kelli Reep, the director of communications at Methodist Family Health, said that the organization’s top priority is “to let people know that they are valued and their trauma can be healed. They can rebuild their lives and be happy.”
She went on to explain how passionate she is about their cause, saying “A lot of things that they have gone through, I have too, so I want to do what I can to help.”
The business has a director of pastoral care, Amy Shores, who is in charge of the spiritual guidance the families might need during the time spent facing their challenges. However, while its roots are Methodist, and it offers religious services, Methodist Family Health welcomes anyone of any religion or background.
The priority at Methodist Family Health is helping families and “giving the best possible care to those who need it.”
The organization will be having an event called Bright Night from from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2. It will be held at the Big Rock Mini-golf and Fun Park, located at 11411 Baseline Rd. in Little Rock, where families can play mini-golf, bumper carts, arcade games, go-karts, and laser tag, or use batting cages and try their hand at an incredible maze. Tickets can be purchased at www.methodistfamily.org.
The organization welcomes volunteers and donations, as foster children often do not have everything they need. School supplies and hygiene items for the children are the most requested items for donations.