Southmountain Children and Family Services Receives Grant from the Community Foundation of Burke County

Posted by: swright 1 week, 5 days ago

Children at Southmountain Estates, a Foster Community operated by Southmountain Children and Family Services, now have the opportunity to participate in an art program, made possible by a $5,080 grant from the Community Foundation of Burke County. The Foster Community is a one-of-a-kind program serving children in out of home care as a result of abuse, neglect or other loss and is currently home to 48 children. Located in Western Burke County, the program serves children from across Western North Carolina, primarily Burke and surrounding counties.
The grant from the Community Foundation has allowed Southmountain to hire an art teacher as well as repair two pottery kilns and purchase art supplies.
The art program is an important part of the activities offered for children at Southmountain Estates. The expressive arts are known to facilitate emotional and creative expression for children who have experienced the trauma of child abuse. Art activities also can reduce stress and offer a great opportunity for children to pursue their interests and talents. Along with the art program, Southmountain recently began a music program that adds to the academic enrichment, recreation, and self-esteem building activities offered for the children living at Soutmountain Estates.
Southmountain’s Foster Community is a unique program and the only one of its kind in North Carolina, combining the best aspects of foster care and group home care. In addition to the Foster Community, Southmountain Children and Family Services operates four Children’s Advocacy Centers serving Burke, McDowell, Watauga, Avery, Yancey and Mitchell Counties. The purpose of the Children’s Advocacy Centers is to coordinate child abuse investigations with the agencies involved in the process including law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office, the Department of Social Services, medical and mental health services. Southmountain staff conducts forensic interviews and child medical exams on site at the Children’s Advocacy Centers; key components of the child abuse investigation.
Southmountain also operates the Center of Excellence serving Western North Carolina. The Center of Excellence provides evidence-based therapy for children and their non-offending parents who are suffering trauma symptoms as a result of abuse, neglect or other loss.
Southmountain would like to thank the Community Foundation of Burke County for the current grant and for their continued support of Southmountain Children and Family Services.

Southmountain Participates in Couch to 5K Race

Posted by: swright 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Eleven runners from the Southmountain Runner’s Club on April 29th participated in the Camp Cedar Cliff 5K race near Asheville.  These eleven runners, ages 7- 52, including children and staff, set a record for the number of participants from Southmountain that ran in this race.  The children and staff worked their way up to being able to run three miles through the “Couch to 5K” program, making huge progress!  Congratulations to all the runners who participated!

Southmountain receives COA re-accreditation

Posted by: swright 2 weeks, 5 days ago

The Council on Accreditation (COA) has chosen to expedite and re-accredit Southmountain Children and Family Services.  Our agency for decades has been accredited by COA and has officially completed this process again which is repeated every four years.

Art of Quilting Class at Southmountain

Posted by: swright 1 month ago

Since last September, seven girls from Southmountain Estates have been enjoying a new hobby and learning a new skill—quilting! Maxine and Victoria Clayton from Bridge42 Church have been teaching the Art of Quilting class that meets every other Tuesday. Each girl is making their own quilt and they have also made pin cushions and small pillows.

This is an exciting and great opportunity for kids at Southmountain and we are very grateful to Maxine and Victoria for coming to Southmountain Estates to share their skills and talents!

Southmountain Staff Get Fit!

Posted by: swright 1 month, 1 week ago

Since the fall of 2016, children and staff at Southmountain Children and Family Services have been focusing on fitness and health, due in part to a grant from the Baxter International Foundation. Southmountain purchased Garmin Fitness Trackers for all staff; and they have been using them to see who is the most active and to participate in competitions that focus on health. Southmountain staff have been working hard to get in shape, by using the new fitness room at Southmountain Estates, going to Zumba classes, running, or working out with a personal trainer. Rewards and incentives have been given to staff and children to encourage participation.
Let’s keep walking towards those 10,000 steps each day!