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September 15, 2017
Better reason to celebrate

As families grow in number, the list grows. You know? The list. The list of birthdays. Kathy keeps the Edminson family birthday list – as if she needs a written list of names and dates. She remembers all birth dates and can tell you the time when each child and grandchild was born.August begins a season of birthdays in our family. Grandson Roger’s birthday kicks off the run on August 27. Granddaughter Emmalie celebrates a birthday on September 10, the day my dad was born. Daughter Mary marks her read more


September 6, 2017
BCH former resident and husband change children's lives

Paulina Hanner understands the needs of children intimately. As a former foster care social worker and now a middle school behavior specialist, she has seen the challenges and heartaches of boys and girls up close.Paulina’s experience, however, goes beyond her career – it’s deeply personal. She lived at Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) for six years because of struggles she faced in her family life.“Basically, my mother and adopted father were getting a divorce and things became pretty bad at read more


September 6, 2017
Bicyclists ride to break west-east record and benefit BCH

Chris Boone has unfinished business. He vividly remembers the moment when he was cycling through Denton, NC in September 2010 and his tire caught the rail of the train track as he rode onto the crossing.The Bakersville resident came away with minor injuries, but the crash ended his attempt to break the record for cycling 543 miles across North Carolina. The ride was part of Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) 125 anniversary celebration. “I felt like it happened for a reason,” Boone says. “The ride read more


September 1, 2017
Alumni homecoming held at Kennedy and Mills Homes

Homecomings at Mills Home (MH) in Thomasville and Kennedy Home (KH) in Kinston are longstanding traditions looked forward to by past residents and former staff members as well as current residents and staff members.Produced by the respective alumni associations in conjunction with Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH), each Homecoming offers plenty of good food, opportunities for fun and fellowship, and a time to gather for worship.Alumni associations use the events to conduct annual business meetings. read more


August 30, 2017
Blackwell delivers rousing commencement address, accepts honorary doctorate from Gardner-Webb

Most college graduates do not list the speaker among the highlights of their commencement ceremony. On August 5, graduates at Gardner-Webb University’s (GWU) Summer Commencement sat and patiently waited for the moment they could walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.Guests stepped to the podium and addressed the crowd, and graduates politely clapped and then peeked at the program to see who was next, silently wondering how many more? But then, the day’s commencement speaker stepped read more


August 30, 2017
Annual Offering video recreates siblings' story

The story of the big brother who rescued his two younger sisters from their abusive home has been told many times since the children arrived at Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH). It has been shared with BCH’s supporters at speaking engagements as well as through letters and other print materials.Now, the story has come to life through this year’s Annual Offering video entitled “SAVED.”“It was clear this story’s reach needed to go even farther,” BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell explained. read more


August 28, 2017
Life at Mills Homes makes difference

Irene Fulbright Martin’s interview ended before completely telling her story. She graciously agreed to another phone call soon. The next day, worried she might miss the call, Irene left a phone message stating she would not “be around” for the next few days, but would return Sunday evening. She said she was traveling to her sister Bertie’s house in Thomasville – the two Mills Home alums would attend Homecoming together August 5 and 6.“I try to go home as often as I am able,” the 89-year-old read more


August 26, 2017
Blackwell named one of the most admired CEOs

The Triad Business Journal based in Greensboro honored Michael C. Blackwell, president/CEO for Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) as one of the Triad’s most admired CEOs. Blackwell was among 18 area CEOs selected.This is the second year the Journal has conducted the Triad’s Most Admired CEOs awards. The Triad Business Journal is the source for local business news in the 12-county Triad region including the cities of Thomasville, Lexington and High Point, and Guilford, Davidson and Forsyth read more


August 16, 2017
New Sanford Day program meets DDM needs

The residents of Lanier and Mercer Homes in Sanford are ready to start their morning at Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) new Day Program for developmentally disabled residents located at Oak Ranch near Broadway. Instructor Victoria Mespelt calls the group to circle around the American flag that 51-year-old Debbie holds. They recite the Pledge of Allegiance in unison.“We begin every day with the pledge, a devotion and prayer,” Mespelt says. “Our students don’t let us forget. Many share prayer read more


August 14, 2017
"101 Faces:Behind every face is a story"

To commemorate the 130th anniversary of Charity & Children, BCHPress has produced the book “101 Faces: Behind every face is a story” written and created by Michael C. Blackwell and Jim Edminson. This limited edition book presents a hundred and one faces that tell our story featuring beautiful black and white photographs. The soft-cover, autographed book is $20 which includes shipping. The 100 page book is nine inches by nine inches in size.Pre-order your copy of 101 Faces by mailing $20 to:  101 read more


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