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Care House renaming honors Marguerite Noel - Home renovated through friends' efforts

July 7, 2013

The happy babble of babies could be heard in the background as guests gathered for the dedication ceremony of the Marguerite Warren Noel Care House on Sunday, May 19.

Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) Care House in Lenoir has provided a haven for single, teenage mothers and their babies since 1988. The home has been newly renovated through the contributions from the Broyhill Family Foundation, the Bollinger Family Foundation, Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, Baptist Men of Stallings Memorial Baptist Church, Critcher Brothers Produce, donors Steve and Ann Shreve, and the Noel Family.

“Before Care House became a reality, Paul Broyhill of the Broyhill Family Foundation told me to ‘push ahead’ when it came time to acquire the property for the ministry,” remembered BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell. “Marguerite Noel was one of those people who came along side us and said, ‘I want to push ahead with you.’”

Care House has been renamed in memory of Marguerite Noel. The Noel family was instrumental in helping establish BCH’s services in Caldwell County. Noel’s daughters, Jere Blackburn and Marylene Noel, attended the ceremony. Marylene lives at BCH’s Hinkle House, a group home for developmentally disabled adults in Winston-Salem.

“This is a day my mother would have rejoiced to share in,” said Blackburn. “Thanks to Care House, these young mothers are growing in their faith as they impact the faith of the future generation through their babies.”

Following the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, guests toured the renovated home and met the young mothers and their babies. The youngest mother currently in care is thirteen years old.

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