CARE Stories

Investing in comprehensive care transforms the life of a child. Epworth has many stories of success and hope. We have captured some of those here and made them available for your to read and share. Please note that names and pictures have been changed for the protection of our children. Check back as stories are added on a regular basis.

  • Back to School

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    As summer nears its end, I ask you to remember the children of Epworth as they begin a new school year.  The Epworth academic program is committed to serving every child who comes to Epworth.  For each young person we provide them with the clothes and materials needed to be prepared and confident in the classroom from day one and then support them every day throughout the year. Providing academic support to children who have experienced abuse, neglect and loss takes a daily commitment to give each child the individualized support he or she needs.  Epworth supports each child with the tools necessary to overcome the great challenges in their academic lives.  Below are three such examples.*   Hamilton is in fourth grade and came to Epworth when his mother entered Epworth’s Family Care Center.  Before Epworth, Hamilton was in an unstable environment for much of his life.  Now, with his mother receiving the help she needs to recover and a structured living environment, he is excelling at school.  In fact, his reading scores improved so much over the last year that he will be moved to the advanced class this fall.     Nicole lived an unstable home life before Epworth.  She attended over 10 different schools by the time she reached high school.  She was behind her peers and struggling with school.  Over the last two years, Epworth helped her complete online classes to catch up with her peers.  Epworth’s stablility and support last year enabled her to earn the “A” Honor Roll in her classes at Dreher High School.  This year she is entering her senior year with a lot of post-high school options in front of her.     Maggie graduated from Dreher High School last May.  When she arrived at Epworth nearly four years ago, just completing high school would have been a nearly impossible for her to imagine.  Now, not only has she completed that goal, but she also has been accepted into her college of choice.  She has entered Epworth’s Independent Living Program as she completes her college degree so she can maintain a support system to help her as she becomes the first college student ever in her family.   As we begin a new school year we invite you to consider continuing your support for the care of children at Epworth by making a financial contribution to this life-changing ministry.  Your gift will enable Epworth to help children like Hamilton, Nicole, and Maggie break the cycle of abuse, neglect and shame, and achieve the academic success required to live a life of self respect, responsibility and productivity.   Sincerely, John Holler, President Donate *Resident names and photos changed to protect their identities
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  • Children Like Steven

    Steven is the youngest boy in the middle school cottage this year, but he is one of the tallest boys in the cottage.  He is destined to be a very tall and broad-shouldered man one day, but right now he is in the sometimes awkward development stage that accompanies the early teenage years.   Yet his physical appearance is countered by a quiet and soft-spoken personality. Steven came to Epworth last fall from a stressed family system, one where he experienced neglect so severe that he was removed from his home by the Department of Social Services.  The neglect he experienced in his early childhood contributes to his quiet, sometimes withdrawn, nature.   In those first few weeks, he did not bond right away with the other boys in the cottage and you would often see him off by himself. As the weeks went by Steven began to experience the stability of a safe and secure home.  Steven appreciated having plenty to eat (which for a growing teenage boy is a big deal!) and a comfortable place to sleep.  He bonded with his cottage parents who gave him the space to be by himself but continued to encourage him to be more engaged at Epworth and at school. Now months after his arrival, Steven’s growth spurt is still going strong.  Yes, he is still growing taller, but he is also growing in intangible ways.  He has developed close friendships with the other boys and is often seen playing basketball instead of being alone.  His grades are improving, he loves science, and he has a new dream of being a paleontologist when he grows up.  He still has a lot of growth in front of him, but with each day at Epworth he is walking with more confidence into the future. This Mother’s Day, make a generous gift knowing you are a partner with Epworth in transforming the lives of children, children like Steven. Give Online   *Child’s name and photo changed for confidentiality
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  • The Season of Giving

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    This Christmas, as you are preparing your gift list, I ask that you remember to include the children who call Epworth home. Children like Amelia.*
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  • Logan’s Family Needed Help Quickly

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    Logan came to Epworth last summer because within a year, both of his parents lost their jobs and later their home. The family was homeless, jobless and hopeless as they lived out of the family van. As things spiraled out of control, Logan was placed at Epworth.
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  • Ally’s Fresh Start

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    Epworth recently received a phone call from a community member looking for help. The caller informed us that she just found out that a 19 year-old girl, and former foster child, Ally, was homeless.
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  • Back to School

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    As summer nears its end, I ask you to remember the children of Epworth as they begin a new school year. The Epworth academic program is committed to serving every child who comes to Epworth. For each child we provide them with the clothes and materials needed to be prepared and confident in the classroom from day one and then support them every day throughout the year.
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  • Alton’s Big Week

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    When Alton first was placed at Epworth, he was very guarded and withdrawn. This type of behavior is typical for a child whose parents have been struggling to provide for a child for some time. His parents needed some time and space to put their lives together, so Alton came to Epworth.
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  • Epworth’s Mother’s Day Offering

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    Natalie’s mother struggles with addictions and as a result is not able to care for her daughter. At first, Natalie’s grandmother was able to provide care for Natalie and her three siblings (including one with special needs) but as she entered her teenage years providing for Natalie, the oldest granddaughter, became more difficult.
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  • The Season of Giving

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    This Christmas, as you are preparing your gift list, I ask that you remember to include the children who call Epworth home. Children like Ryan.*
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  • Caleb Makes a New Friend

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    Caleb’s parents often argued and used vulgar language in front of their son. Over time they moved beyond verbal and emotional abuse, to physical abuse. When the authorities became involved, Caleb was removed from the home by the Department of Social Services and placed at Epworth.
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