St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Missions Council has selected our yearlong mission project. In 2019, the congregation will work together to support a local nonprofit service organization called “Methodist Children’s Home Society”. Please visit their website to learn more, www.mchsmi.org. Methodist Children’s Home Society provides individualized and residential treatment, care, and advocacy to children impacted by abuse, neglect, and trauma. They have been in ministry in the Detroit area for 101 years, and continue to provide steadfast and vital social services to families on their campus located at 26645 West 6 Mile Road, Redford, MI. This historic campus and organization was founded by Methodist women, Anna Kresge, Sophie Sprague, Francis Knight who were members of Detroit Metropolitan Church. The faith based commitment and connection continues because of United Methodists like you!
Today, Methodist Children’s Home Society exists for the purpose of building communities where every child and family has a safer and brighter future, and partners with churches and organizations that seek to ensure the health and welfare of “the least of these”. MCHS currently houses 60 boys (ages 5-18) on campus and works with over 4,000 adoptive and foster care families in the state of Michigan. St. Paul’s UMC is no stranger to MCHS. We have several families who already give to this organization and who have stories to share about how their families grew with the addition of an adoptive child. We are thrilled to be able to continue this partnership and expand it exponentially as we all offer our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.
Our involvement and partnership at MCHS will include people of all ages and at all stages of faith. We will have regular opportunities for individuals and families of St. Paul’s to actively engage relationships with children and families - through holiday events, summer activities, mentoring and tutoring programs. We will also be collecting in kind donations of clothes, diapers, formula, school supplies, etc. and coordinating service projects on MCHS’s 80 acre campus in Redford Township, Michigan. The goal for our 2019 fundraising effort has been set at $30,000. These funds will help build a barn and launch a new Animal Assisted Therapy Program at MCHS. Therapists who work with the children know the value of animal therapy, as it is one way the kids can build positive attachments with gentle and loving companions (alpacas, horses, goats, sheep).