Who We Are

For more than 116 years, Epworth Children’s Home has grown and adapted to the individual needs of children by providing quality care grounded in faith and responsibility for our neighbor.  Established in 1895 by the South Carolina Annual Conference of what is now the United Methodist Church, Epworth Children’s Home was originally named Epworth Orphanage. Situated in the heart of the state, the Home is located on 32 peaceful acres in Columbia, South Carolina.

Children come to Epworth through private and government placements. Each placement is the result of a fractured family system where children have experienced abuse, neglect or significant loss. Over 70 staff members surround nearly 80 children with an array of comprehensive services that meet their emotional, physical, educational and spiritual needs. Much care and expertise go into assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each child. An individualized plan is developed for each child as staff members, counselors and volunteers work together to break the cycle of abuse, neglect and shame and replace it with an opportunity for each child to live a life of self respect, responsibility and productivity.

The generous financial support of those who have come before and those who partner with Epworth each day are combined to help provide the daily needs of a safe and nurturing environment for the children on campus. Each year, nearly 80% of the general operating budget to provide care to the children comes from the generous giving of congregations, individuals and businesses – past and present. When you make a gift to Epworth, you are ensuring each child receives the basics of food and shelter, but more importantly, your gift serves to provide a campus pastor for spiritual direction, counseling and therapy staff, educational tutors and cottage parents who guide each child through his or her journey.

Epworth’s history has shown that when the community stands together, investing in comprehensive care transforms the life of a child. We invite you to stand with us. You can make a secure donation online at by clicking here. You may also mail your contribution to Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29205.