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Becky Dotson President & CEO Dear Friends,

The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home is a busy and dynamic ministry that never stands still. It is amazing to think that since 1908 the Children’s Home has been in continuous ministry, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We have never closed, never ceased operation, never been off duty. As you can tell by reading this issue of The Herald, we continue to reach out and serve more children and families through the love of Jesus Christ made real through His Church. Over just the past few months, we have dedicated our second campus outside Madison, Florida. We have started a new on-campus private school (Aldersgate Academy) with anticipation of becoming a charter school next school year. We have opened a new thrift store, called Heart & Home Resale Shop, to expand the resources we have to support the ever increasing needs of the young people and families in our care. Lastly, our Early Childhood Development Center has started an after school program to serve kids in the community from Kindergarten through 5th grade. When people visit the Children’s Home for the first time, they are invariably impressed by the size and scope of our campus and ministry. I remind them that what they see took 106 years to create. It has taken the gifts, talents, resources and prayers of so many who have provided for the Children’s Home day after day, year after year, decade after decade. As long as children and families have special needs that the Children’s Home can reach through its unique ministry, we will be on duty 24 hours a day. Thank you so much for giving, loving, working and praying for the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home.

Becky Dotson President & CEO Florida United Methodist Children’s Home

Mentoring Matters The mentoring program on our campus started shortly after Becky Dotson, President and CEO, started at the Children’s Home. As the former CEO of Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Jackson, Mississippi, Becky saw first-hand the difference a mentor can make in the lives of at-risk youth. Currently approximately 53 children on our campus are paired with mentors who work in all areas of the Children’s Home – finance, facilities, development, etc. “I truly have seen a difference in our children that are in our campus mentoring program. Having another positive role model who spends one-onone time with them shows the children how important they are to us” said Marie Mazzula, Mentor Coordinator. 2


VOLUME 24 / NO. 3

Aldersgate Academy is Open W

e are delighted to share that Aldersgate Academy opened its doors on August 18 with 24 of our middle and high school age children. Previously, Aldersgate Academy served just the children in our Emergency Shelter Care program. Through funds from two generous donors from the Light House of Boca Grande, we are operating as a private school this year and our hope is that our application for a charter school will be accepted and Aldersgate Academy will transition to a charter school in the 2015-2016 school year. Several rooms in our gymnasium have been renovated to accommodate the classrooms and computer lab. It is wonderful to see the school in full swing with projects and learning.

CURRENT EDUCATION NEEDS FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL q Curriculum/Textbooks q Science lab kits q Interactive Smart Boards q Locking 4-drawer file cabinets q CD players and headphones for books on CDs q Educational DVDs for subject areas in reading, language arts, history, geography, math, documentaries q Educational games: Scrabble boards, Boggle, Apples to Apples, MadLibs, etc.

q Cozy reading area- bean bag chairs q Teen-friendly educational magazine subscriptions q Field trip funding q Academic incentives for classroom rewards q Electronic reading tablets q Professional development training for teachers (SEL, Kagan) q Office supplies, computer paper, ink cartridges, etc.





Grand Opening! As you receive this Herald, we anticipate that the Heart & Home Resale Shop will be open for business. The shop is located in Orange City, Florida at 2460A South Volusia Avenue in the Four Townes Shopping Center. Staff and volunteers have been hard at work to make this dream a reality. Our Heart & Home Resale Shop is a new opportunity for churches, groups and individuals to support our ministry by donating new and gently used items.  The new shop also creates an entirely new area for volunteer opportunities. For more information about the new shop, you can contact Marilyn Anderson at (386) 960-7678 or For questions about volunteer opportunities please contact Lynn Bellomy at (386) 668-4774 or lynn.bellomy@  We will keep you posted on this exciting new venture and the ways you can support us.

Fabulous variety of items for sale.

MADISON YOUTH RANCH Dedicated September 23, 2014 Tudor Rose Photography

Tudor Rose Photography



Given by John and Bunny Maultsby & Family Madison, Florida


OTT HOME Tudor Rose Photography

Given by the Jacob K. Johnson Family

Given by Trinity United Methodist Church Gainesville, Florida 4


Given by an estate gift from Barbara S. Ott Ocala, Florida VOLUME 24 / NO. 3

Mission Work Teams Appreciated This year, groups of youth and adults have come, or are scheduled to arrive, from the churches and organizations listed below. They represent a total of 311 volunteers and 5,342 hours of volunteer service. Kids from Holy Cross Lutheran Academy creating a butterfly garden. A mission team from First UMC, Madison, Florida is hard at work at the Madison Youth Ranch.

Volunteers from St. John’s UMC, Winter Haven, Florida are preparing our Resale Shop to open. v  First

UMC, Orlando v  Saint John’s UMC, Sarasota v  New Covenant UMC, The Villages v  Ponte Vedra UMC v  NOMADS (3 groups) v  Crossing Community Church, Sanford v  United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches v  Saint John’s UMC, Winter Haven (3 groups) v  Holy Cross Lutheran Academy v  Marriott Corporation v  University of Miami Wesley Foundation v  First UMC, Winter Garden v  Merge Church (2 groups)

v  First

UMC, Cocoa Beach v  First UMC, Spring Hill v  Delavan UMC, Delavan, Illinois v  Ocala West UMC v  Central Baptist Church, Sanford v  Venice Nokomis UMC v  Arlington UMC, Jacksonville v  Harvester UMC, Land O’ Lakes v  Southside UMC, Jacksonville v  Kiwanis Club of Madison Florida v  Trinity UMC, Tallahassee v  Junior Auxiliary of Madison City v  First UMC, Madison (4 groups)

For more information contact Lynn Bellomy at FLORIDA UNITED METHODIST CHILDREN’S HOME

Testimonials }

FUMCH is a place I will never be ashamed to say was a part of my life. In fact, I am proud to say that I was fortunate enough to have had FUMCH come in my life during the darkest time of my life. FUMCH provided a steady roof over my head, consistent meals, educational tutoring, recreation, house parents who loved and cared for me, and people who taught me morals to be the man I am today. I want to thank each and every houseparent, counselor, etc. who did more than words can speak. It means the world to me. Your hearts, kindness, and love will never go unrecognized. Also, to any current FUMCH resident or alumni, please know that you are never alone and although our past may have been dark, we all have the power to make our future bright.



So I just wanted to show my gratefulness to FUMCH for a minute. Today I have 3 beautiful boys, own a house, have a college degree and am getting married to the perfect man for me. Fact is if it wasn’t for FUMCH, I wouldn’t have made it to age 13. And if it wasn’t for my houseparents, I would not know how to be a mother or how a man should treat someone. This place not only saved my life, it made it so that I’m not spending my life in prison and being able to live my life on Gods terms. I was a very messed up child, but without me being here, I would be an even more messed up adult. Thank you FUMCH, and thank you to those that were there and stayed there loving me regardless of how out of control I was.




Christmas Is Coming! W E N EE D YOUR HE LP

Last year we changed the way we gave Christmas gifts to the children at FUMCH. Instead of buying actual gifts, we asked you to buy gift cards. Our children thought this was fantastic. They got to buy exactly what they wanted. Instead of buying actual gifts again this year, we request that you please purchase gift cards in any increments of $10, $20 or $25. Especially useful and flexible for our children are VISA, Master Card or American Express gift cards. Other ideas are Target, Walmart and Best Buy (or any other major chain store). Our goal is to be able to give every child in our care $150.00 in



gift cards. We also strive to make Christmas morning special. Each child receives a stocking with small gifts to open in addition to the gift cards. In order to prepare our campus for Christmas, we ask that your gifts arrive before December 8, 2014, if possible. We will, of course, be happy to receive donations after that date. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our development office at (386) 668-5088. Again, we thank you for your love and prayers for our children and this wonderful ministry.

VOLUME 24 / NO. 3

Leave Your Legacy by including FUMCH in your Will and Estate planning.

DAY ON CAMPUS March 21, 2015

There are many ways to provide long-term gifts that will ensure that our programs continue well into the future. v  WILL v  IRA


– Make a bequest to FUMCH.

Gift – Make a charitable gift from assets in your IRA.

v  Charitable

Gift Annuity – Transfer assets in exchange for guaranteed, fixed payments for life and receive tax benefits.

v  Charitable

Remainder Trust – Convert appreciated low-yielding assets to greater income. Avoid capital gains tax and receive an income tax deduction.

v  Life

Insurance – Purchase life insurance and make FUMCH the beneficiary of the policy, or add FUMCH as the beneficiary to a policy you already have.


Talk with your attorney or financial advisor about these and other options, or contact Mark Nelson at or (386) 668-4774.


Specially Invited Districts: Atlantic Central & South East

3 Easy Steps to Donate Online 1. Log onto 2. Click on the “DONATE” button in the upper right corner 3. Fill in the information requested and click “SUBMIT”




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The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other status protected by law except where such protected category is a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ), to the extent that someone’s needs can be addressed and cared for within the scope of program services with the financial resources of the agency. FUMCH makes services accessible and available for persons with communication challenges. An equal opportunity employer. Pursuant to Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, any disabled person wishing to access services who may be in need of special assistance should contact at least 48 hours in advance of the service or meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please call FUMCH at (386) 668-4850 (TTY) or the Florida Relay Service at (800) 955-8771 (TDD). Florida Department of Agriculture Consumer Services Registration #CH1628: A COPY OF OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE 800.435.7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION FROM THE STATE.

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