Southmountain Moving Administrative Offices

Posted by: swright 1 year, 4 months ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services will be relocating our administrative offices effective at the end of February. The new offices will be located at 110 West Union Street, Morganton, NC 28655 in the building to the right of Yannis' Restaurant. Offices will be on the second floor with the entrance at the rear of the building using the metal stairs. Our main agency phone number (828) 584-1105 will remain the same.  Our postal mailing address is:  P.O. Box 3387, Morganton, NC  28680.

Young Artists at Work!

Posted by: swright 1 year, 4 months ago

Since the Fall of 2015, the children at our foster community have had a new way to express themselves - through art! Local artist Allison Fisher has been coordinating art activities for our children and has transformed a room in our neighborhood gymnasium into an arts and crafts room. Our young artists are now working on a watercolor project, a landscape of hills and trees, painted on a large wooden board. Fourteen children have been creating their own birds that will become part of the watercolor landscape. The next plan in the works is to create a mural on the wall of the art room and the children are now brainstorming ideas for the mural.

Southmountain Teen Learns Important Life Skills!

Posted by: swright 1 year, 5 months ago

Brandon, a teenager living at our Foster Community, turned 18 years old on December 1st! At 18, Brandon could have chosen to leave the Foster Community and live on his own; but instead, he chose to stay with his house parents on campus where he is learning some important skills that he will need to live on his own. Brandon is a senior in high school and is maintaining good grades, while working a part time job at Jersey Mikes. He was able to save $1,400 from his summer job which he used to pay for half of his first car. The LINKS program, North Carolina’s Foster Care Independence Program, will pay the other half. LINKS provides services and resources to all youth ages 16 to 21 who are in foster care or have aged out of foster care.
Brandon’s foster parents, Tim and Kelsey Webb have done an outstanding job teaching Brandon to save money, and have supported him in working a part time job so he can learn the skills that he will need to live on his own! Great job Brandon, Kelsey and Tim!

Southmountain to Begin SPARCS Therapy

Posted by: swright 1 year, 5 months ago

At the end of January, Southmountain Children and Family Services will begin to offer two SPARCS groups for teenagers. SPARCS, short for Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress is an evidence-based group therapy for teens that teaches life-long skills that teens can use to cope with the trauma they have experienced. One group will be held on the campus of our Foster Community and the second group will be held at McDowell High School.
The mission of Southmountain Children and Family Services is to Provide Pathways of Change for Children, Families, and the Community. As part of this mission, Southmountain strives to grow and improve the services we offer to children and families. By beginning this new program we will have another tool to help our teenagers on campus and in the community and we are excited to begin to offer SPARCS groups!
The training of our Clinicians was made possible in part by a grant from the Burke Women’s Fund, operating under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Burke County. Southmountain is very grateful for this gift from the Burke Women’s Fund.  Thank you!

Caterpillar Foundation Helps Make Academic Enrichment Program Possible

Posted by: swright 1 year, 6 months ago

The Caterpillar Foundation recently awarded a grant of $3,450 to Southmountain Children and Family Services to support a new academic enrichment program that began on campus this fall. “Imagine Miracles!” supports the academic success of elementary school children in the Foster Care Community by providing customized tutoring based on a nationally recognized educational program. Students participating will experience a love of learning and improved self-esteem as they become successful at school.

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