Southmountain Teen Attends Community College

Posted by: swright 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Jamie Odom, an 18 year old young lady who lives at Southmountain Estates is indeed an example to her peers. Jamie lives with foster parents Ben and DeLynn Garza and graduated from Hallyburton Academy last spring. She became a full time student at Western Piedmont Community College in the Fall of 2016 and is working towards her 2-year Associates Degree in Art. Jamie had a very successful first semester and passed all of her final exams!
In addition to being a full time student, Jamie finds time in her busy schedule to volunteer at the Hospitality House in Boone for an impressive 40 hours every other week. The Hospitality House is a residential program for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty-related crises. Jamie helps out by preparing meals, helping with office work, sorting donations and giving out supplies to residents. One of Jamie’s goals is to start an art program at the Hospitality House and her plan is to talk with the agency’s Board of Directors after she completes 1000 volunteer hours and establishes credibility with the program.
This year, the NC Legislature extended the age for children to remain in foster care from 18 to 21 and now provides state funding to County Departments of Social Services to help pay for the costs associated with young adults staying longer in foster care. Now, the door is open for foster children to return or remain in care and receive the assistance they need to reach adulthood. This change in law will benefit Jamie, and other young adults like her so they can remain in care longer or come into care between the ages of 18 and 21.
Southmountain is helping Jamie so she can be successful in college and prepared for life beyond college and the agency has helped her purchase a car. According to Jamie, “I would not change any of this for the world, and I wish I could do more.” We are so proud of you Jamie! You are an outstanding young woman! Keep up the good work!

Thank You Mountain Glory Quilters Guild

Posted by: swright 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services would like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU!  to the Mountain Glory Quilters Guild of Old Fort, North Carolina for donating over 60 home sewn pillow cases for our children at Southmountain Estates, our Foster Community. The pillow cases are very beautiful and the Quilters Guild even took the time to separate them by age and gender.  We would also like to thank Terri Davey, President of the guild and Kathy Taylor for delivering the pillow cases.

Art, Clay! Art!

Posted by: swright 1 year ago
Southmountain Estates, our Foster Community is so excited to be able to begin an art program for our children!  Southmountain was recently awarded a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Burke County for $5,080.  These funds will allow us to pay artists to teach classes, to repair two of our kilns and purchase art supplies.  Several of our children are very interested in art and pottery and this will be a wonderful opportunity for our children to pursue their interests and talents.  Thank you to the Community Foundation of Burke County for your continued support of Southmountain!

Southmountain Annual Christmas Parade and Open House

Posted by: swright 1 year ago

Welcome!! Open House and Christmas Parade

Posted by: swright 1 year ago

On Saturday, December 3rd from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Southmountain Children and Family Services will host the Annual Christmas Parade and Open House at Southmountain Estates, our Foster Community in Nebo.  The community is welcome to join us for this fun afternoon by visiting us at 7330 Myrtle Drive, off of Southmountain Institute Road.