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A Publication of The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth • 859-523-3001 • www.KyUMH.org

Nicholasville Campus A New Chapter

Volunteers "Chip" In

Golf scramble raises over $30,000 for our kids!

Great for You, Great for Our Kids Charitable Annuities

Children's Advocacy Day

Join Us, January 18, 2018


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President/CEO

Rev. Randy Coy

From the President's Desk By Rev. Randy Coy, President & CEO

Public Relations

Bruce Jones bruce.jones@KyUMH.org The Children’s Voice is published quarterly by The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth (incorporated as The Methodist Home of Kentucky), a ministry of the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church. We serve children and families throughout Kentucky. The Children’s Voice is freely distributed to all interested persons. Contact the Nicholasville Campus for a FREE subscription or to change an address: info@KyUMH.org or mail to: Nicholasville Campus P.O. Box 930 Nicholasville, KY 40340-0930 (859) 873-4481 Mary Kendall Campus 201 Phillips Court Owensboro, KY 42303 (270) 683-6481

In a few days we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving. I overheard someone say recently, “I’ll know if I’ve eaten enough when I can’t lie on my belly without pain.” I’m not advocating for this rule of “fullness.” When I think of my circle of friends and family, I don’t know a single person who will be concerned about having enough to eat at Thanksgiving or any other time for that matter. I think that says something about our current reality. It also says something about me. We live in a rather isolated world where we interact with people who look just like us.

I don’t mean identical, but for the most part our friends and families have the same backgrounds, education, and financial resources. They are us with different addresses. However, we need to be clear. Just because we don’t know or interact with them, there are people living in poverty in our communities. They often become invisible to us. I’m grateful for your friendship and faithfulness and I humbly ask you to help us make more friends. The US Census Bureau calculates the poverty rate for a family of four, two adults and two children under the age of 18 at $24,339 annually. Therefore, there are only a mere 40 million people living below the poverty rate in the US. But let’s be honest, how can four people survive in America on $24,339 a year? The standard is

simply not workable. These numbers mean that 12.9% of the American population live in poverty. (According to the Census Bureau) The poverty rate for children 18 and under went down from 19.7% in 2015 to 18% in 2016. In round numbers, nearly one in five children in America live in poverty according to the standards of the US Census Bureau. Returning to my circle of friends and family who will have more than enough to eat on Thanksgiving, I realize again that my world is too small. I need more friends who don’t look like me.

Our Move to Nicholasville... A New Chapter

Accredited by:

Our Belief We believe every individual is an individual of worth, entitled to God's gift of wholeness of life. The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth is accredited through the national Council on Accreditation (COA). We serve persons regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status, sex or religion.

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As of October 13, 2017, we have moved our Versailles operations to 1115 Ashgrove Rd., Nicholasville, KY. For 86 years, Woodford County was our home, and we will always have a special place in our hearts for our Versailles friends. As we embark on the next phase of this ministry, we are grateful to the Jessamine County community for welcoming us. It is our intention to be a great neighbor and partner for improving the lives of Kentucky children.

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COVER STORY

Overcoming Chaos Linda found Love and Stability.

By Bruce Jones Communications/PR Coordinator

Linda’s childhood was filled with neglect, abuse and chaos, but she overcame it all to become a responsible, loving parent. Linda was born to a fifteen-year-old mother. Her twenty-five year-old father worked out of state and was rarely home. While he was away, Linda and her three siblings were regularly abandoned by their mother. She would leave the children with whomever would take them and be gone for days. This pattern of instability, chaos, and neglect continued until friends of the family, who desperately wanted a son, offered to take in Linda’s brother and agreed to take all four children to have him. Linda was only five, yet vividly remembers holding her father’s hand as

Linda (age 17) at our Mary Kendall Campus.

they walked to the door of her new home. Looking up at him, she felt overwhelming fear and sadness thinking she would never see him again. Unfortunately, Linda’s substitute parents were not kind as she had hoped. For the next seven years, they treated the children more like servants than family, and frequently beat them. Linda’s life of abuse and neglect had become more hopeless than before. During this time, she rarely saw her parents who had divorced since leaving her. Many other family members knew Linda and her siblings were being abused, but did nothing. One day her mother unexpectedly arrived and took the kids back. Linda thought her life had turned for the better. However, she soon realized her stepfather was alcoholic and abusive. “Life at this point was filled with abuse, confusion and chaos,” Linda recalls. At fourteen, Linda left to live with her father. She was a good kid and stayed out of trouble. However, one day she arrived home from school to find social workers there and her stepmother repeatedly saying she was “uncontrollable.” “I didn’t know what I had done. I had no idea what was happening. I just sat there and didn’t defend myself.” A short time later, Linda was taken to our Mary Kendall Campus in Owensboro and remembers feeling, “My dad was walking out of my life again!” The Campus Director hugged her, assured her she was in the right place and told her, “You’re home.”

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“From the moment I walked in, I felt nothing but love. I knew I was home,” Linda says. There Linda learned how to deal with her chaotic, abusive past. She made lifelong friends with the other girls and the staff became her family, “They were there to support me - it was the only stable thing I knew.”

Linda and Kristy met while living at the KyUMH Mary Kendall Campus in Owensboro and have remained close friends.

Today, Linda is a Certified Nursing Assistant, sharing her passion of loving others which was nurtured during her stay at KyUMH. She now has two grown children and remembers her determination to not make the same mistakes her parents made, “You can’t let the past dictate your future.

“From the moment I walked in, I felt nothing but love." You can be an overcomer.” Throughout the constant changes in her life, Linda has maintained a loving heart and thanks God, knowing her life could have easily taken a very different path. Your support of The Kentucky United Methodist Homes has helped pave better paths in life for Linda and young people like her.

Linda and her children.

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Volunteers "Chip" In Golf scramble raises over $30,000 for our kids!

By Casey Neely, Development Coordinator

A dynamic volunteer team has taken our Golf Scramble for the Children to new

levels. Over the past two years, this dedicated group of seven volunteers have banded together around this stated mission: “We will raise money to bring hope and help to kids in great need, and we will leave a positive, upbeat impression on our players, guests, and sponsors that will

Our Generous Golf Scramble Sponsors

continue with them long after the event.” They are succeeding in the mission! We have seen more golfers, more money and more excitement about the tournament and the Methodist Home ministry because of their efforts. These servant-hearted leaders have acquired numerous

sponsors and donations, setup the course and so much more! Volunteers like these are a blessing to KyUMH and make events like these possible. With their help, this year's tournament raised over $30,000 to support our ministry of serving Kentucky's youth in crisis.

CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY DAY AT THE CAPITAL STAND UP FOR KIDS!

January 18, 2018

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Join us as we unite with advocates, business leaders, youth, and elected officials to be a visible and audible presence asking elected officials to prioritize Kentucky's children and youth in the legislative session.

Kentucky Conference Sponsors Lexington District Northern KY District Owensboro District Pennyrile District South Central District Christ UMC First UMC Lexington First UMC Cynthiana Southern Hills UMC Trinity Hill UMC Centenary UMC Lexington Randy Coy, President KyUMH

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Great for You, Great for Our Kids Charitable Annuities

By Melinda R. Smith, Vice President for Advancement

So What Is A Charitable Gift Annuity? A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between you and The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth.

In exchange for your irrevocable gift of cash, securities, or other assets, KyUMH agrees to pay one or two annuitants you name a fixed sum each year for their life. The older your designated annuitants are at the time of the gift, the greater the fixed income we can agree to pay. In most cases, part of each payment is tax-free, increasing each payment's after-tax value. If you give appreciated property you will pay capital

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gains tax on only part of the appreciation. In addition, if you name yourself as an annuitant, the capital gains tax will be spread out over many years rather than be all due in the year of your gift.

Why Choose A Charitable Annuity With The Home? We have had several donors who after having taken out their first charitable annuity with us choose to take out more. After realizing that they can place funds in a charitable

annuity, receive lifetime income, benefit KyUMH, and receive a charitable deduction for taxes, they see that this is a win for them and for the ministries close to their heart. If you would like information on charitable annuities with Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth, you can contact me via phone (859) 523-4649, email: Melinda.Smith@kyumh.org, or send in the card below. I can help you explore whether this would be a good opportunity for you and for the young people whose lives to which we are bringing hope.

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How it Works You transfer cash, securities or other property to KyUMH.

Please send information on: o Charitable Annuities o Giving in my Will o Donating to the "Build With Us" capital campaign (New Nicholasville Campus) Name Address

You receive an income tax deduction and may save capital gains tax. KyUMH pays a fixed amount each year to you or anyone you name for life. Typically, a portion of these payments is tax-free. When the gift annuity ends, its remaining principal passes to KyUMH. Bringing Hope... One Child at a Time • Call 859-523-3001

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MEMORIALS

Sept. 15, 2017 - Nov. 10, 2017 Pat Acke ........................ Carl T. Acke Clifford B. Amos ........... James T. Crain, Jr. Oliver 'Andy' Anderson . Crossroads FordLincoln, Inc. Maury & Pat Sutherland-Lackey Cecily Armstrong ......... Norris Armstrong Mary Arnold .................. Sardis UMC-Seekers Class Doris Waits Cody Bagley .................. Randal & Sue Flowers Roy Benson .................. Sharon R. Evans Robin Kent Blondell ..... Covenant UMC-Faith Circle L. M. Bostick, Jr. ........... Betty A. Bostick Anna Bricken ................ Rev. Gary & Mrs. Carol Story Frank Briel ..................... Tony & Glenda Jevans Cecille Brooks .............. Harold Brooks Edythe Brown ............... Eugena Willard Robert Norman Brown . Covenant UMC-Faith Circle Janet 'Jill' Campbell ..... George Campbell Mary Campbell Billy Cartwright ............. Nell Cartwright Otis Cartwright ............. Butch & Becky Clayton Ann Cole ........................ Custer UMC Brian Cole ..................... Doris R. Secrest Jolene Cooper .............. Don & Candy Fitzpatrick Willie Margaret Coulter . Rita Ballard Patti & Jessie R. Herzog 6

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Willie Margaret Coulter . Richard & Jan McIntire Roberts Chapel UMC Jim & Alma Creger ........ Noah & Lucille Gregory Dottie Crisologo ............ Tony & Glenda Jevans Robin Day ....................... Providence 1st UMC Wayne Donaldson ......... Covenant UMC-Faith Circle Henry Dowdy ................. Anna Belle Dowdy Adam Duchscherer ....... Martha Duchscherer Dr. Donald Durham ........ Dr. Danny Philpot Frank Mitchell Earle ...... Covenant UMC-Faith Circle Joe B. Elswick ............... Mary L. Elswick Stephen Emmick ........... Edna Boswell Judith Boswell Helen F. Emmons .......... Minnie E. Doyle Josephine Everett ......... Sara Hunt Family Members ........... Doris Secrest Janet Kwantes Feenstra ..................... Covenant UMC-Faith Circle Suzanne H. Foster ......... Dr. & Mrs. A. G. Campbell Cherokee Properties Robert Crutchfield Fairview UMC Dan & Joyce Mann Mr. & Mrs. Brian Oatts Mr. & Mrs. Charles Oatts Dicky & Yvonne Seay Bobe Fultz ...................... Jared Mattingly Karen Mullis Gabbard ... Willa Mullis Rev. Larry Gardner ........ Dr. Mike & Mrs. Margaret Gibbons

Rev. Larry Gardner ........ Dr. & Mrs. John C. Philley Howard & Dee Reynolds Dr. & Mrs. E. Ray Throckmorton Eleanor Garrett .............. Jill A. Harris Barbara Gay ................... Jim & Sue Grant Clarence Gillespie ......... Gary & Nancy Hill Thelma Glass ................. Henry & Doris Waits Rev. Fred A. Goodwin ... Mike & Debby Carroll Danny & Sheila Estes Larry & Karen Morris Charlotte Gower ............ Shawn & Leann Majors Elsie Gregory ................. Noah & Lucille Gregory Lorraine Gribbens ......... Tony & Glenda Jevans Owen & Alta Gumm ....... Rev. Gale & Mrs. Nancy Wetzel Alice Hall ........................ Noah & Lucille Gregory John & Joyce Halvachs, Jr. .............. Mildred Cox Hodson Don Harris ...................... Jill A. Harris Rev. J. C. & Mrs. Mamie Harris .......................... Noah & Lucille Gregory Jared Mattingly Betty Hayes .................... Howard A. Requardt Louraine Hendickson .... Maryalice Marksberry Martha Bell Ammerman Henry .......................... George Henry Alvin A. Hester ............... Phyllis B. Hester Martha Hester ................ Lois Pack Mr. & Mrs. G. E. Hill ....... Gary & Nancy Hill George Hobbs ................ Vanceburg UMCMen's Class James B. Hodge ............ Bill & Mary Alice Cecil

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James B. Hodge ............ Betty Cook Mr. & Mrs. Don Dixon Ray L. Greer & Family Sue C. Hodge Phyllis Mattingly Garland & Rosie Hooper ........................ Linda H. Walker Beulah M. Horton .......... Billie Jean Jones George E. Horton .......... Billie Jean Jones Georgia Hoskinson ....... Custer UMC Jessie Humphrey ........... Helen Willis Lewis 'Clyde' Hurst ....... Alabama Family members Bobby L. Isaacs ............. Diannah Isaacs Anne Jones .................... Max & Rebecca Clayton Maryland Kendall ........... William A. Kendall Ruth Kendall .................. William A. Kendall Bob & Bea Kimbrell ....... Jolinda Conley Dorothy Lanphierd ........ Kathy Perkinson Elizabeth Ann 'Libby' Lewis .......................... Covenant UMC-Faith Circle Ronnie Lindsey .............. Donna Lindsey Don Lippert .................... Wanda M. Lippert Barry Lowe ..................... Joe B. Lowe Danny Brian Lowe ......... Jared Mattingly Russell Loy .................... Jean Loy James Paul Maggard, Jr. ................................ Joyce Perry David Mansfield ............. Henry Hollingsworth Joe Martin ...................... Mildred Cox Hodson Renai Martin ................... Linda H. Walker Doug McClure ................ Chuck & Jane Ellen Epperson Pete McNeill ................... Anna Lou McNeill

Evelyn L. Misere ............ Janice Misere Rev. Allen Moran ........... Zelma Moran Barbara Horton Moren .. Billie Jean Jones Wilbur 'W. R.' Morgan ... Pam Cheeseman Donna Morris ................. Lewisport UMC-UMW Jane Morton ................... Chuck & Jane Ellen Epperson Rev. Douglas D. Moseley ...................... Russell Springs UMC Mary Nealis .................... Nancy Turner Sarah Newell .................. Sammye Graven Barbara Lamb Marjorie Miller Mary Ruth Swallow Sidney C. O'Nan, Sr. ...... Charlotte O'Nan Anthony & Nathaniel Overbey ...................... Larry & Sandra Hughes Shyrlon Payne ............... Frank C. & Betty J. Greathouse Lewisport UMC Lewisport UMCFellowship Class Lewisport UMC-UMW Mr. & Mrs. C. L. Perkins . Betty Jane Pitzer Mr. & Mrs. Eli Peters ..... Mary Thorpe Inez Petty ........................ Henry & Doris Waits Brooke Phillips .............. Butch & Becky Clayton Burl & Margie Phillips ... Henry & Doris Waits Steve Phillips ................. Brenda Phillips Fielder Pitzer, Jr. ............ Betty Jane Pitzer Chris Powell ................... Rev. Gale & Mrs. Nancy Wetzel Mindy J. Reagan-Gibbs . Terry & Carla Reagan Rev. Donald Riggs ......... Ann Riggs Gladys Marie Rowlett .... Middlesboro Covenant UMC-Faith Circle

Kendall Beth Royalty .... Rita T. Williams Holly Rutheford ............. Donald & Bobbie Rutheford Charlotte Smith .............. Owensboro District Office Rachel Solomon ............ Chuck & Jane Ellen Epperson John & Joyce Spaulding ................... Monte & Jennifer Troutman Joyce Spaulding ............ Dr. & Mrs. Kelly D. McClendon Justin Spicer .................. Ronnie Spicer Gene Stanley .................. Phyllis Stanley Earl Stephens, Jr. .......... Jared Mattingly Nona B. Suell ................. Libby Brumfield Bonnie Harmon Taylor .. Larry Taylor Pauletta Jo Price Teater . Rev. & Mrs. Richard Chamberlin Beckie Thorpe ................ Mary Thorpe Rev. J. C. Thorpe ........... Mary Thorpe Jerry Thorpe .................. Mary Thorpe Marybelle Toler .............. Gene Toler Vera M. Vanlandingham . Vicki Holloway Rev. Jack R. & Mrs. Sally B. Vibbert .......... The Jack Vibbert Evangelistic Foundation Cheryl L. Ward ............... Carolyn Ward Doug Ward ..................... Nancy Ward Archie D. Weeks ............ Rowena P. Bolin Carol C. Daugherty Doug & Sara Hines Barbara Insko Bryan & Jennifer Mattingly Janice M. Prewitt Clara Pritchett Donald C. Reel Mr. & Mrs. William A. Robinson

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Archie D. Weeks............. Virginia G. Streeter Betty Westrick ............... Freddie Westrick Carter & Dorothy Wetzel ......................... Rev. Gale & Mrs. Nancy Wetzel Terry White ..................... Louanna White Willard White .................. Louanna White Erma Whitlow ................. Trudy Smith Tom Whitt ....................... Tony & Glenda Jevans Rosalie Whittenberger .. Aaron S. Whittenberger Lloyd 'Bea Bea' Williams ...................... Dr. Paul & Mrs. Joanna Todd Suzanne Williams .......... Eddie Mae Williams Sherry Wurth .................. Jerry & Susan Dowell Billie Young .................... Randall Young

HONORS

Sept. 15, 2017 - Nov. 10, 2017

Rev. Dr. Jim Adams ....... Jim & Mary Carter James A. Applegate ...... Emerson Plummer Ken Bailey ...................... Camp Ground UMC Patty Beaver ................... Hilldale UMC-Circle of Friends Rev. Steve Boutell ......... Karen D. FisherBrasher Dr. & Mrs. Brent Brantley ...................... Robert K. Watson Harold Caswell ............... Camp Ground UMC Hilda Jenkins & Chuck Christiansen .............. Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Judge E. Coker Rev. Judge E. & Mrs. Shelia Coker .............. Barbara Lamb Suzanne B. Coonen ...... Elizabeth B. Magner Sylvia Cox ...................... Camp Ground UMC

Rev. Don & Mrs. Jackie Craig ........................... Betty A. Bostick Betty Jo Fisher .............. Joy Alexander Barbara Glover .............. Hilldale UMC-Circle of Friends Croley & Joy Graham .... Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Judge E. Coker Rev. Jeff Graham ........... Karen D. FisherBrasher Virginia Lee Harrod ....... Barbara Harrod Rev. Charlie Hatfield ..... Karen D. FisherBrasher Carliene Hodge .............. Camp Ground UMC Marvin Hodge ................. Camp Ground UMC Congregation of Hutchison UMC ......... Earl & Jean Sosby Randall Kepner .............. The Ludeman Family

Wanda Key ..................... Munfordville/Mt. Beulah UMW Eugene & Bessie Kirby . James & Deborah Gillenwater Rev. Katie Lloyd ............ Karen D. FisherBrasher Dr. Paul & Mrs. Patricia Maddox ....................... Rev. & Mrs. Richard Chamberlin David & Connie Matthews .................... Richard & Marjorie Wilson Duane & Pat Miksch ...... James & Linda Scott Marjorie Miller ................ Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Judge E. Coker Glenn Pence ................... Camp Ground UMC Francis Polley ................ Emerson Plummer Rev. Dr. Mike Powers .... Tom & Joan Moser Rev. & Mrs. Howard Reynolds .................... Ruth E. Nickell

Ridge Springs UMC ...... Rev. & Mrs. Bill Rounsaville Jack & Barbara Shelton . Barbara Lamb Janice A. Smith .............. Dr. Kelly Smith Kenny Staples ................ Camp Ground UMC Rev. Gregg Tate ............. Karen D. FisherBrasher Virginia Tate ................... David S. & Donna Tate Wilma Thomas ............... Bob & Margaret Haynes Neil & Carol Ulsh ........... Barbara Lamb Alton Warford ................ Dave & Kathy Booth Rev. Dr. Howard H. Willen .......................... Herb Fetty 1st UMC HopkinsvilleFriendship Class David & Judy Wilson ..... Richard & Marjorie Wilson

BIRTHDAYS Paul & Dorothy Beighle. Jim & Betty Lawrence Tess' Marie Chadwell..... David & Debbie Derosett Debbie Derosett.............. Judy Scriber Barbara Harrod............... Diane Wheeler Linda Kendall.................. Freida Harmon Mrs. Clark Stanfield 100 yrs old.................. Rev. & Mrs. Bob G. Ray

PASTOR APPRECIATION Bro. Kenny & Mrs. Betty Rogers............... Raybon & Kim Crump

More Than a Pretty Face As part of her pageant competition requirements, Rainy (age 10) collected over 1,500 hygiene items and paper products for the Mary Kendall Campus. Rainy is the 2017 Miss Pre-teen Marshall County and 2017 Miss Pre-teen Firecracker Festival. Thank you Rainy for your charitable work to help our youth!

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Non-Profit Organization US Postage PAID Permit #1478 Lexington, KY

1115 Ashgrove Road Nicholasville, KY 40356

WISHLISTS Nicholasville Campus • Shampoo • Conditioner • Body Wash (men's & women's) • Deodorant (powder)

• Laundry Soap Tabs (any-Tide preferred) • Backpacks/ Messenger Bags • Lysol Disinfectant Spray

• Toothpaste

You can purchase these items using our Amazon or Walmart wishlist. Visit kyumh.org > Donate > Wishlist Items. For more information (Nicholasville Campus), contact Keith Willis at (859) 285-3032 or Keith.Willis@kyumh.org.

Mary Kendall Campus (Owensboro)

A Giving Heart

Rebecca recently celebrated her 11th birthday by asking her friends to donate items to the Mary Kendall Campus in lieu of gifts for herself. This is the 3rd year Rebecca has done this for her birthday. Thank you Rebecca and friends for your selfless giving to help our youth!

• Bath towels

• Pillows

• Wash cloths

• Disinfecting wipes

• Paper towels

• Deodorant

• Women’s Underwear • Twin-size Sheets (Adult sizes) For more information (Mary Kendall Campus), contact Roy Hicks at (270) 683-6481, ext. 221

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Children's Voice - December 2017 Edition  

Linda’s childhood was filled with neglect, abuse and chaos, but she overcame it all to become a responsible, loving parent.

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