A big THANK YOU to Mountain View Baptist Church

Posted by: swright 1 year, 3 months ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services wants to say a big THANK YOU to the Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory.  Mountain View Church has been a supporter of Southmountain for several decades including being a major contributor to building the homes in our Foster Community.  Most recently, on Saturday April 9, church members came to our Foster Community for a day of fun-filled activities.  They hosted a pizza party and lively games.  In the past, the Mountain View Baptist Church has hosted Christmas parties for our children, made donations for our climbing wall, and donations for other equipment.  Southmountain is so very grateful for the generosity and continued support of our Foster Community!

Leroy the Dog Offers Child Abuse Prevention in the Schools and Community

Posted by: swright 1 year, 4 months ago

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and during this month Southmountain wants to celebrate Leroy the Dog, our treasured, 4-footed friend! Leroy’s “handler” is Rhonda Robbins, Southmountain’s Victim Advocate; and Leroy was provided and trained by Canine Companions for Independence. Leroy was trained to work with traumatized individuals; and according to Rhonda, he has been an amazing addition to our Children's Advocacy Centers! Leroy is available to help children served by Southmountain’s four Children’s Advocacy Center by assisting in court, counseling, forensic interviews, child medical exams, and victim advocacy.
Leroy’s presence at the Children’s Advocacy Centers has calmed and deescalated children and their non-offending caregivers as child abuse investigations are carried out, during what are usually tense, scary, traumatic situations. Leroy had also made an amazing contribution towards the prevention of child abuse. He has been a “Super Star” in McDowell schools and community where he has helped Rhonda with body safety prevention.

Southmountain Children Giving Back

Posted by: swright 1 year, 4 months ago

For the last four months, children from the Foster Community of Southmountain Children and Family Services have been giving back to the community by volunteering for Burke United Christian Ministries. Fourteen middle and high school students have been volunteering once a month by serving meals in the soup kitchen and helping organize the kitchen.

Baxter Healthcare of Marion Makes Wellness Program Possible

Posted by: swright in Community 1 year, 5 months ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services is very excited to be the recipient of a generous grant of $97,596 from Baxter Healthcare of Marion.  Our project, called “Growing a Wellness Program at our Foster Community” will allow us to launch a health and wellness program on our campus. Our goal is to create a climate of health and wellness for our parents, children and staff and we will begin this process by helping each family establish personal goals.
This project will focus on health, exercise and nutrition and will allow us to purchase state-of-the art gym equipment and set up a fitness room in our campus gymnasium. We will also use grant funding to hire a wellness coordinator who will set up the workout room, schedule and teach classes for parents and children, and arrange for other teachers to teach classes. The program will have a nutrition education component that will focus on the benefits of fresh versus processed foods; and some of the grant funding will be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables for families. We are also building incentives into the program to motivate participants to begin and to continue in an exercise routine and healthy eating.

You can now shop Amazon and help Southmountain too

Posted by: swright 1 year, 5 months ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services is now participating in the Amazon Smile Foundation program.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Southmountain Children and Family Services.

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