Summer 2016 will be filled with many fun activities at our Foster Community!

Posted by: swright 1 year, 4 months ago

Summer activities will begin the week of June 13 and will include day-long outings every Wednesday that are planned by our Recreation Department and our office staff and social work staff help put.  Children also go on summer hikes, participate in art programs, a science enrichment program and individual tutoring.  We like to keep all of our kids busy with constructive activities during the summer months, and give our foster parents a well-deserved break!

Burke Women’s Fund Awards Grant

Posted by: swright 1 year, 4 months ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services was recently awarded a grant for $1,200 from the Burke Women’s Fund to support educational summer activities for children at the Foster Community. During the summer months when children are out of school, every Wednesday. Southmountain staff give the parents “a break” by taking children on summer outings. The grant will be used to pay transportation costs so children can enjoy educational field trips.

WNC Real Estate Inc. Supports Southmountain!

Posted by: swright 1 year, 5 months ago

In the fall 2015, Southmountain Children and Family Services received a generous grant from the Glass Foundation in Asheville, NC to build a 9-hole disc golf course on the campus of our Foster Community. Our course is now complete and children, parents, and staff are all enjoying the course!
Recently, Tim Truitt Jr.’s real estate company—WNC Real Estate Inc., has jumped in to make a wonderful and lasting contribution to our beautiful course! WNC Real Estate Inc. and its Brokers have partnered with Sign it Clearly to sponsor all of our disc golf signage for the course! The signs were designed by Adam Scott, Recreation Director for Southmountain. We want to thank Tim Truitt; WNC Real Estate Inc. its Brokers; Sign it Clearly and the Glass Foundation for their kind support of our Foster Community.

Children Experience the Live Arts

Posted by: swright 1 year, 5 months ago

On Saturday, May 21, ten students from the Foster Community attended the Clater-Kaye Theatreworks year-end performance held at the Old Rock School in Valdese, along with Adam Scott and Andrea Bradburn, Recreation staff.  This 3-hour show of singing, dancing, and theatre had our children captivated and inspired some to pursue talents of their own.  Our own volunteer guitar teacher Todd Greene, teaches guitar and voice at Clater-Kaye and donated free tickets to the show as well as VIP seating. Our kids got decked out for the show and it was a very fun afternoon!

Mitchell High’s SLAM Club Donates to Children’s Advocacy Center

Posted by: swright 1 year, 5 months ago

The Servant Leader Athletes at Mitchell High School (SLAM) hosted "Black Out Child Abuse Night" on Tuesday, February 2nd. SLAM is a servant leadership club for athletes. Mitchell High coaches chose SLAM student athletes based on student leadership qualities, putting team before self and having a heart to serve others. SLAM club was implemented this year by the Solutions and Specialized Innovations (SASI) team at Mitchell High. SASI is a leadership camp sponsored by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) where each school sends student athletes who return to their school and implement their plan.
The SLAM club sold t-shirts that said "Black Out Child Abuse" at the game and the proceeds were then donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Toe River (CACTR). The shirts were purchased through donations made possible by Seth Banks, Donald Street, Bubba’s good eats, Rebel’s Creek Baptist Church, Long’s Bakersville Pharmacy and Boys on Track in Burnsville. On Wednesday, March 30th, members of SLAM club made a visit to the Children’s Advocacy Center in Micaville and presented a donation of $925.00. The students were given a tour of the facility by Megan Woody, Center Director, and completed an art project to be displayed at the CAC.
The Children's Advocacy Center of the Toe River is a program of Southmountain Children and Family Services, a non-profit agency that has served abused, neglected, and dependent children and families of Western NC for more than 106 years. The Center serves both Mitchell and Yancey counties assisting District Attorney’s Office, law enforcement and the Department of Social Services in their investigations of child abuse. It is the goal of the CAC to reduce trauma to the child and their families by offering services in a child friendly environment. Services provided by the CAC are professionally conducted forensic interviews and medical evaluations, victim’s advocacy, community education on child abuse and Evidenced-Based Therapy. For more information about the Children's Advocacy Center of the Toe River call Megan Woody, Center Director at 828-678-0655 or go to www.southmountain.org.