Reviving the Lost Art of Pen Pals

Posted by: swright 1 year, 5 months ago

Southmountain has started a new activity for our children that is bringing back the lost art of pen pals, thanks to Andrea Bradburn, Recreation Assistant.  Six children are now writing letters to one soldier in active duty in Afghanistan. The children are writing letters and when a reply comes in, Andrea reads the letter and then shares it with the letter writers.   In the letters, children are writing things like “Stay Strong” and “Thank you for helping our country”.  It has been a very enjoyable learning experience for our kids to write the letters, send them off, and wait for a reply!

Thank You Walmart Neighborhood Market of Morganton!

Posted by: swright 1 year, 5 months ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services recently received a grant from the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Morganton for $2,000!  The grant will be used to purchase mattresses for children that live in our Foster Community.  We are so grateful to Walmart for supporting Southmountain!

Support from Sunbelt Transport

Posted by: swright 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you to Ben Crawley and Sunbelt Transport in Conover for donating 20 dressers and chest of drawers and several dining room tables to our Foster Community.  This furniture was well needed and is being enjoyed by our foster families! 

A big THANK YOU to Mountain View Baptist Church

Posted by: swright 1 year, 5 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, 6 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.