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Methodist Children’s Home Society Receives Grant Award from DTE Energy Foundation toward Child Abuse Prevention Initiative

REDFORD, Michigan (February 7, 2019) – Methodist Children’s Home Society (MCHS) has received a grant award from the DTE Energy Foundation in the amount of $10,000, to be used towards our “Prevention Services for At-Risk Families and Youth” initiative.

These funds will be used to provide targeted child abuse prevention services to at-risk families in the Metro Detroit area out of our brand new Detroit office, located in the beautiful and historic Durfee Innovation Society building.

This initiative will address the immediate needs of families at risk of having their children fall into the system; improve placement stability and permanency for children; support parents and caregivers through convenient training and parenting classes; and empower families to build safer and brighter futures for their children. On-site at the Detroit office will also be a resource bank including diapers, formula, and other items for youth available to families in-need in the local community.

MCHS shares our most heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the generous and innovative team at DTE Energy Foundation. We are proud to partner with them on this initiative, and are looking forward to growing our relationship as we work together to combat child abuse and neglect in our local community.

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About Methodist Children’s Home Society

For more than 100 years, Methodist Children’s Home Society (MCHS), a nonprofit organization, has offered foster care and adoption placement, residential treatment and transitional living programs for children who have survived child abuse and neglect. MCHS finds safe, caring homes for children across southeast Michigan and also provides vital therapies, educational services and life skills training. Located in Redford, Mich., MCHS is a secular 501(c)(3) organization, proudly serving children and families of every creed, background and lifestyle.

 

Methodist Children’s Home Society Opens Detroit Office, Spearheading Child Abuse Prevention Effort

REDFORD, Michigan (February 6, 2019) – Methodist Children’s Home Society (MCHS) today announced the opening of its first-ever satellite office, which is in the Durfee Community Innovation Center in Detroit, MI. Located at 2470 Collingwood, the new offices will be dedicated to expanding foster care and adoption services, child abuse prevention services, and substance abuse programs for the local community.

MCHS Director of Community Partnerships Emily Foreman will lead the new Detroit office, which offers a range of resources such as parenting classes, opioid and drug intervention and a Resource Bank with diapers, formula, and other infant essentials for local families in need. Along with a concerted child abuse prevention focus, the Detroit Office will also have family visiting rooms for MCHS’s adoption services, making it easier for families in the community to access MCHS resources.

“Our focus at MCHS has always been helping Southeastern Michigan’s abused and neglected children entrusted to our care, I can’t think of a better way to add to our services than to extend our reach in the region aimed at the prevention of child abuse,” said Kevin Roach, CEO, MCHS.

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About Methodist Children’s Home Society

For more than 100 years, Methodist Children’s Home Society (MCHS), a nonprofit organization, has offered foster care and adoption placement, residential treatment and transitional living programs for children who have survived child abuse and neglect. MCHS finds safe, caring homes for children across southeast Michigan and also provides vital therapies, educational services and life skills training. Located in Redford, Mich., MCHS is a secular 501(c)(3) organization, proudly serving children and families of every creed, background and lifestyle.

Methodist Children’s Home Society Earns Re-accreditation From The Council On Accreditation

REDFORD, Michigan (November 12, 2018) – Methodist Children’s Home Society (MCHS) today announced it has earned re-accreditation from the Council On Accreditation (COA). COA is an international, independent, nonprofit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations.

The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of both an organization's administrative operations and its service delivery practices. All are measured against national standards of best practice . These standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence-based and outcomes-oriented. In addition, they confirm a skilled and supported workforce is providing all required services, and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

“Earning our COA re-accreditation demonstrates MCHS’s dedication to the children we are entrusted with,” said Kevin Roach, CEO, Methodist Children’s Home Society. “I’m grateful to our dedicated staff who worked extremely hard to earn this prestigious accreditation.”

The accreditation process took approximately 12-to-18 months to complete. During the evaluation, MCHS’s processes and programs underwent an in-depth review against current best practice standards, an on-site visit by an evaluation team, and a review of findings by the accrediting body. At the end of the extensive evaluation COA was highly impressed with MCHS and extended them its full four-year accreditation.

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About Methodist Children’s Home Society

For more than 100 years, Methodist Children’s Home Society (MCHS), a nonprofit organization, has offered foster care and adoption placement, residential treatment and transitional living programs for children who have survived child abuse and neglect. MCHS finds safe, caring homes for children across southeast Michigan and also provides vital therapies, educational services and life skills training. Located in Redford, Mich., MCHS is a secular 501(c)(3) organization, proudly serving children and families of every creed, background and lifestyle.

Methodist Children’s Home Society Gears Up For Hearts & Heroes Gala

REDFORD, Michigan (October 31, 2018) – Supporters from across Michigan will join Methodist Children’s Home Society (MCHS) for their annual Gala event, this year’s theme is Hearts & Heroes, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 3 at Roostertail in Detroit. More than 350 guests will support the growing programs and services MCHS provides to children and families who have been impacted by traumatic child abuse and neglect.

“The Hearts & Heroes Gala is a chance for us to bring together the ‘heroes’ who have made our mission of caring for southeast Michigan’s most vulnerable population of kids possible for over a century,” said Katie Woodstock, Chief Development Officer, Methodist Children’s Home Society. “Without the support of our community, we couldn’t help heal the hearts of children in the innovative ways we’re able to,” Woodstock added.

The event is open to the public and will include a formal dinner, dancing, live entertainment, fabulous silent auction and raffle items, and more. General tickets are $100 per person and VIP tickets, which include a special reception and raffle items beginning at 5:30 p.m., are $125.

The centennial celebration is supported by sponsors including: Livonia Group –Thrivent Financial, HUB International, The E&L Construction Group, The Brice Group at Graystone Consulting, Guy Hurley, Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton, P.L.C. Attorneys and Counselors, and more.

“We’re so humbled by the outpouring of support we’ve received over the last century, and are very grateful to have always had a community who has taken the responsibility of wrapping their arms around some of Michigan’s most fragile children,” said Kevin Roach, CEO, Methodist Children’s Home Society. “This event is a true testament to the success we’ve had as an agency, and we couldn’t have made it this far without the support of our donors, volunteers and advocates.”

Several programs are offered at MCHS including a 24-hour operating residential home and treatment facility for abused and neglected boys, foster care placement and adoption services for children throughout southeastern Michigan, as well as transitional housing programs for young men who have aged out of the child welfare system.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please contact Katie Woodstock, Chief Development Officer, at 313-531-9969 or kwoodstock@mchsmi.org, or visit mchsmi.org.

About Methodist Children’s Home Society
For more than 100 years, Methodist Children’s Home Society (MCHS), a nonprofit organization, has offered foster care and adoption placement, residential treatment and transitional living programs for children who have survived child abuse and neglect. MCHS finds safe, caring homes for children across southeast Michigan and also provides vital therapies, educational services and life skills training. Located in Redford, Mich., MCHS is a secular 501(c)(3) organization, proudly serving children and families of every creed, background and lifestyle.

Kevin Roach Recognized With Crain's 40 Under 40

Crain's Detroit Business, 09/02/2018

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Each day, Methodist Children’s Home Society serves 150 of Michigan’s most vulnerable children and families through residential care, foster care, adoption and independent living services for youth aging out of the foster care system.

At the helm is Kevin Roach, who, as an adoptee himself, has keen insight into the power of family and feels called to help the most fragile children — those dealing with a host of issues, including abuse, neglect, mental health challenges and low academic achievement. 

With that comes a certain complexity. While MCHS grows to help more children, ultimately Roach would like to witness a time when the home’s services are no longer necessary. Until then, he is rolling up his sleeves as executive director, building a staff whose expertise helps children overcome early traumas and grow into healthy young adults. 

In the three years since Roach came on board, the organization’s operating budget has increased by 53 percent with the addition of more services and more community engagement. Plans are underway to double the average number of children served per night from 30 to 60 in the residential program. He’s also implemented evidence-based treatment models to ensure stronger outcomes for children and families.

Roach credits others for his success and the growth of MCHS: his mother and father who adopted him at age 5 and instilled virtues of integrity, hard work and responsibility; a number of mentors who have guided him in his role as a leader; his own wife and children; and a staff he looks to for expertise, guidance and support. 

“Many of us may not have gone through what our children and families have experienced. It doesn’t mean we can’t empathize with feeling lost, scared or hurt, experiencing some level of pain, or being let down by those we entrusted,” Roach said. “The human side of the business is critical.”

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