Summer-Time fun!

Posted by: swright 5 months ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services kicked off the beginning of the summer break with our first outing.  Every Wednesday during the summer, the Southmountain recreation department and Southmountain staff, led by Adam Scott takes children on a trip to enjoy time together and give parents a break.  The first outing on June 21 was to Hidden Creek Camping Resort in Marion, NC where the children enjoyed a 300-foot waterslide, a junior Olympic pool, a kiddie pool, paddleboats, canoes and kayaks —that all helped to beat the summer heat!  Our kids also had fun playing 9 holes of miniature golf.   Southmountain children and staff look forward to many more fun-filled activities this summer.

NYPUM Finishes Its Twelfth Class

Posted by: swright 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services is currently finishing up its 12th class of The National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM). Nearly every child 10 and older at Southmountain completes this comprehensive course in minibike riding and safety practices.  The program was developed by NYPUM - a charity of Honda Motors, Inc., in collaboration with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Our children spend 9 - 12 hours in the classroom before heading to the riding range to begin their minibike training where they learn about protective gear, responsible riding practices, care for the environment, local laws and regulations pertaining to riding, defensive riding strategies, and care for the equipment.  However, the most important part of NYPUM is that personal goals are set for each child that are aimed at self-improvement in a variety of areas. Once children meet their goals they earn more time to ride the minibikes!  Children also benefit tremendously from a mentoring relationship with their instructors and support staff, and graduate the class with important skills related to responsible riding; that also are transferable to many areas of productive citizenship. This program is a definite favorite among our youth, and is also available to select kids from the community.

Annual Sonshine Saturday Sponsored by Enon Baptist Church

Posted by: swright 6 months, 2 weeks ago

On Saturday May 20, 2017 Enon Baptist Church in Drexel hosted “Sonshine Saturday” for children, parents and staff that live and work at our Foster Community, in Nebo, North Carolina.  For over 25 years, Enon Baptist Church has held the event on the church grounds and this year, over 100 people enjoyed this exciting day!   Our children had lots of fun participating in a watermelon eating contest, sack race, waterslide, obstacle course, dunking booth and a wheel barrow race.  Other fun activities included an egg carrying contest, 100 yard dash, a relay race and a football throwing contest and ribbons were given to the winners.  Church members served a delicious lunch and everyone had a wonderful feast! Southmountain is so grateful to Enon Baptist Church and their volunteers for hosting this event for so many years!

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

Posted by: swright 7 months 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 7 months, 1 week 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!