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Successes Taylor at College Services Foster Care FAQs Support Give While You Shop GED Program Winter/Spring 2019

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Lou Cataland, Chair Greenville, South Carolina Rep. Trey Kelley, Vice-Chair Cedartown, Georgia Morris Henderson, Treasurer Atlanta, Georgia Scott Brown Atlanta, Georgia Barbara Brown-Cooper Rome, Georgia Scott Campbell Cumming, Georgia Martha Carroll Atlanta, Georgia Rev. Larry Caywood Rome, Georgia Kim Collins Villa Rica, Georgia David Dorton Atlanta, Georgia Bruce Elder Atlanta, Georgia John C. Ethridge, Jr. Atlanta, Georgia Rev. Dr. Coy Hinton Woodstock, Georgia Mike Maloney Roswell, Georgia Tripp McKenney Atlanta, Georgia Scott Merritt Cedartown, Georgia Myron Newman Atlanta, Georgia Malloy Peterson Atlanta, Georgia Steve Powell Milton, Georgia Richard Stoll Kennesaw, Georgia Rev.

Lawrence Young Atlanta, Georgia Margie DeShon Trion, Georgia Linda Leachman Kingston, Georgia Rev. Dr. David Naglee Rome, Georgia Rev. Derek Porter Smyrna, Georgia Sue Raymond Atlanta, Georgia Tryphenia Speed Decatur, Georgia Our Mission Provide a safe and nurturing environment where severely abused and neglected children and teenagers can thrive and heal toward a goal of re-engaging with society and leading productive lives. 1 Our Misson Board of Directors 2 A Letter From Scott What’s New Board Member Spotlight 3-4 GED Program 4 Planned Giving 5 Christmas Recap Employee Spotlight Volunteer Spotlight 6 Taylor at College Strategic Planning 7 Foster Care FAQs 8 Give While You Shop Kid’s Corner 9-10 Alumni Story Advocacy Events 10 Nutcracker Tickets 11 Miles of Hope Table of Contents Contact Us Ex-Officio Board Members Advancement Office: 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 1620 Atlanta, GA 30303 Harpst Campus (main office): 740 Fletcher Street Cedartown, GA 30125 Murphy Campus (foster care office): 130 Grady Road Cedartown, GA 30125 Questions about this newsletter? Contact the Advancement Team: MurphyHarpst 770.748.1500 2018-2019 Board of Directors Murphy-Harpst is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer @MurphyHarpst

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A Letter from Scott The past 12 months have seen noteworthy achievement and change at Murphy-Harpst. We can take pride in our accomplishments and look forward to 2019! We introduced Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) to our campus. We wrote a Strategic Plan to guide us as we move forward. Representatives from Georgia State University and Georgia Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) provided training for us to become a Certified Trauma Informed Provider. Our Specialized Foster Care placed a record-breaking 47 children. We started a GED program with Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

These accomplishments, made possible by our hardworking staff and dedicated supporters, set the foundation for our 2019 goals. We will continue implementing TBRI throughout our organization. In keeping with our Strategic Plan, we will develop a Master Facility Plan, establish staff feedback opportunities, review our Board By-Laws, and strengthen our brand. We will follow the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act, looking for opportunities to diversify our services. We will get a Recreation Field as well as an upgraded Ropes Course. I am confident that we will complete these and other goals by working together.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to support us and the children in our care.

M. Scott Merritt | President & CEO Board Member Spotlight Martha Carroll Martha Carroll joined the Murphy-Harpst board in 2016 after serving in education and school administration for 40 years. A longtime Atlanta resident, Martha knew Murphy-Harpst through her church, Peachtree Road United Methodist. On a campus tour, she realized she was being called to serve our children in a greater capacity. “When I visited the classrooms and saw dedicated teachers, counselors, and others who monitor the day-to-day activities of the young people who no longer can be cared for by their parents, my heart was touched.

I felt a calling to get involved.” A native of Eastman, GA and a lifelong United Methodist, Martha and her husband Ken are active at Peachtree Road, especially in the Blazers Sunday School Class. Even with her busy social and travel schedule, she makes time to advocate for Murphy-Harpst. “My goal is to spread the news to as many people as I can about the wonderful work that the leaders and employees give to the young people who reside and attend school there.” What’s New Recreation Field Recreation Therapy is a results- proven component of comprehensive mental health treatment With the support of generous donors, we started construction on a new multipurpose field to provide residents with the essential space to participate in safe outdoor Recreation Therapy activities.

The new field will dramatically enhance our Recreation Therapy offerings including team sports, exercise, and other physical activities and games. Recreation Therapy is a results-proven component of comprehensive mental health treatment and has been particularly successful in helping to heal the children treated at Murphy-Harpst. Our Recreation Therapists deliver programming promoting healthy living, skill development, and physical activity as part of overall health and as important underlying factors of strong self-esteem, appropriate social interaction, and positive body image.

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A typical day in the program begins at Murphy-Harpst, with a morning spent in the Carey Carter Library and Computer Lab completing assignments. These online assignments include subjects like reading, math, language arts, social studies, and science. In the afternoons, students go to GNTC to study their subject of choice. A favorite with some of our kids is welding! We have two young men who have already completed the welding program and plan to pursue careers in metalworking and other skilled trades. Our partners at Georgia Northwestern Technical College have been tremendously helpful in helping educate our children.

In addition to providing our students with the opportunity to participate in this program, they also provide textbooks and special online learning tools, assessments, and accommodations in accordance with the ADA to ensure the best chances of success. By accommodating every individual’s needs, GNTC is ensuring they receive the training and skills necessary to put them on an even playing field with their peers.

This partnership is beneficial for Georgia Northwestern Technical College as well. In addition to growing their Adult Learning program, they are providing an invaluable community service by welcoming Murphy-Harpst residents. “The students are a joy to teach and it is a pleasure to have them in the GED program at GNTC.” Says Anne Clay, Lead Teacher and Site Manager at GNTC Polk County Campus. “I look forward to their arrival each day and having the opportunity to teach them the skills they need to work toward their GED goals. Each student is different, and each student is a blessing.” GED Program Many of the kids who come to Murphy-Harpst arrive several grade levels behind their peers.

This is due to many factors, ranging from severe abuse and neglect, to sporadic school attendance, to unaddressed needs. Our on-campus school, Glenn T. York Academy, employs Individualized Education Plans for each child in our care to provide the remedial education they deserve. Frequently we are able to re-integrate these young learners in school in the community! We have several kids who attend public school locally. But often students arrive disliking school, with poor educational experiences, or at an age where re-entering a traditional school is not feasible. As the kids we care for at Murphy-Harpst trend older, we saw a need to provide a GED program for those who may not desire a traditional academic experience.

In April of 2018, Murphy-Harpst partnered with Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to provide a GED program through their Adult Learning Program. This exciting offering allows our kids to make an important choice towards training for their future. To participate in the GED Program, our education and care teams identify students who need or want a GED and are also willing to commit to completing the program. These students attend classes at GNTC four days a week for two hours per day. With our staff providing supervision and transportation, these students are empowered to choose an educational experience that fits their needs and desires for their future! Each student is different, and each student is a blessing 3 | GED

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Between April and December of 2018, we had thirteen total participants in the program, with three students completing their GEDs! The five current students are making significant progress towards completing the tests, and two are working towards early permission testing. The program is growing steadily, and more and more students from our Residential and Transitional Living Programs are showing interest. The success of several of their peers, as well as the autonomy the program provides, is appealing to many of our kids. The GED program has grown enough that we have hired two additional full-time staff to supervise and advise our GED participants! For generations, friends of Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers have selflessly and passionately given their time, talents, and treasure in support of providing life and hope to children.

For many individuals, making a “legacy” or planned gift to Murphy-Harpst through their will or estate plan has allowed them to literally leave a legacy and impact the children of Murphy-Harpst beyond their lifetime. Did you know that making a planned gift and joining the Murphy-Harpst Legacy Society might allow you to make a larger gift than would otherwise be possible and allows some donors to increase their retirement income and receive tax advantages?

Have you made Murphy-Harpst part of your will or estate plans? Are you planning on leaving a legacy gift to ensure hope and healing for generations of children to come? Planned Giving Types of Planned Gifts Bequests through a will or living trust Insurance policies Retirement plan assets Charitable gift annuities Please join the Murphy-Harpst Legacy Society and contact Brian Scales at or 404.309.7928 for more information. 4

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Christmas Recap Thankyoutotheover50churches,UMWgroups,organizations, and corporations who provided our kids with a Christmas they will never forget! Thanks to generous individuals and volunteers like you, we provided gifts for every child in our Foster Care, Residential, and Transitional Living Programs.

This year we were able to include for our Community Services clients, and we gave gifts to a record-breaking 129 children! We had 22 new children enter our care between Halloween and Christmas, and each one received gifts they wanted. It is all about the smiles and memories our children have on Christmas morning. One child said, “I got more presents than I ever got before in my whole life.” Another resident asked that we share her gratitude: “Thanks for making my Christmas so loving.” We are so grateful for your spirits of giving and generosity. We could not do what we do without you! Volunteer Spotlight Kim Kulp of Hope UMC Kim Kulp is a dedicated Murphy-Harpst volunteer who works tirelessly advocating for our kids! A Member at Hope United Methodist Church in Dallas, Georgia, Kim has become a beloved member of the Murphy- Harpst community.

Thanks to her relentless generosity and talents, we can provide our kids with an amazing Prom year after year. Kim and friends from Hope UMC coordinate, fundraise, and decorate our campus to ensure our kids have the experience of a lifetime!

The Point Store on campus is popular with our residents, and Kim keeps the doors open! She is constantly dropping off treats and encouraging friends to donate items. She gives her time, her ideas, and her personal resources throughout the year. Not only is Kim a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, and aunt, she is also a friend of Murphy-Harpst! Interested in volunteering with Murphy-Harpst? Contact Director of Corporate and Community Engagement, Pam Kramer: 404.376.2723 Employee Spotlight Erica Washington Erica Washington is the Lead Paraprofessional at York Academy, the on-campus school at Murphy-Harpst.

Mrs. Washington began her career with us in 2002 as summer staff, before joining the school faculty in 2006. Since then, she has earned her degree in Human Services and begins a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling this spring. York Academy Headmaster Mr. Marvin Williams says “She is an inspirer, empower and engager for and to students. It is an honor to work with her!” Our students know that Mrs. Washington is a trustworthy and reliable adult who cares about their education and future.

When asked what she loves most about her job, Mrs. Washington says, “my job allows me to be who God created me to be: a servant to the people I am most passionate about—youth!” Erica and her husband of 18 years, Zachary, have one son, Jerrick, who serves in the U.S. Navy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, photography, and serving in ministry at Sonoraville Tabernacle Baptist Church, where Zachary is a pastor. 5 | Spotlights

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Taylor at College Strategic Planning Beginning in late 2017, at the direction of the Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers board and management, a rigorous and comprehensive strategic planning process was initiated to guide program development and operations for the period 2019–2021.

Individuals and focus groups were selected from a large cadre of stakeholders, including a Strategic Planning Steering Committee, past and current board members, past and current donors, payers and referral sources, staff, youth, families and volunteers.

A traditional SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) was conducted with both board and staff members, in addition to more targeted and open-ended interviews, focus groups and surveys of a broader stakeholder group. Participation was excellent, and informative data were obtained identifying clear trends, opportunities, and developmental needs of the organization. The data supports an ongoing critical need for the services of Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers in light of a growing state and national mental health and child welfare crisis. The resulting Strategic Plan is organized around four strategic priorities: Board Governance, Fiscal Integrity, Operational Improvement, and Brand Presence.

Interested in learning more about our Strategic Plan? Contact Senior Associate Director of Development, James Waddey: 404.512.7462 6 Fall 2018 was a milestone for our Transitional Living Program! Taylor became the first young adult in TLP to enroll and live on campus at a college. Thanks to her good grades and hard work, Taylor received scholarships and is attending Jacksonville State University. Members of the Murphy- Harpst staff and their families spent the summer helping her shop for her dorm room. She even got her driver’s license in anticipation of her fresh start!

When August rolled around, dozens of Murphy-Harpst staff and family helped move Taylor into her dormitory. Hundreds of friends and supporters offered her congratulations and best wishes on the Murphy-Harpst Facebook page. She was a little nervous at first but made the transition well and is currently enrolled in her second semester. We are so proud of Taylor and can’t wait to see what her future holds!

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Foster Care FAQs Murphy-Harpst offers Foster Care services to the Northwest Georgia community, including specialized foster care to children who have special needs.

Since 2003, our dedicated staff has provided safe and stable homes to Georgia’s most vulnerable children. We offer wraparound services for our foster families and the children in our care so that each placement can be a success. How big is the foster care crisis? There are over 14,000 children in Georgia that are in custody of the Division of Family & Children’s Services (DFCS). We currently have 24 foster families caring for 45 children. Unfortunately, we have to turn away 27 children every week since we do not have enough families to care for the children who come to us.

Why is foster care so important? Foster Care provides loving, stable homes to children, allowing them to thrive and heal. Entering foster care can be scary, especially after experiencing neglect, abuse, and other difficult circumstances. Our foster care team provides extensive training, support, and resources to each foster family to help their foster child feel safe. Why is fostering with Murphy-Harpst different? At Murphy-Harpst we have a foster care staff of nine highly-trained individuals dedicated to supporting our foster families. We offer specialized trainings to help parents navigate the foster care experience, as well as innovative ways to help our families through crisis and adjustment periods.

Our team is on call 24/7 in order to provide our families with quick responses, crisis intervention, and any help in times of need. At Murphy-Harpst, our foster care staff becomes an extension of our foster families!

PicturedistheHyattFamily.ToddandMeganadoptedtheirthreechildren out of Murphy-Harpst foster care! After working with Murphy-Harpst, I see foster care in a whole new light. The team is so amazing and supportive of the children and foster parents. Support MH Foster Care There are many ways you can get involved with our foster care program even if you can’t foster a child right now. Learn More Agnetta Delancy Director of Specialized Foster Care 678.704.9291 Refer a potential foster family Invite us to speak to your church or organization Volunteer with our monthly trainings Help foster care staff at recruiting events

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Give While You Shop Did you know that there are ways to support Murphy-Harpst with your everyday purchases? Murphy-Harpst participates in three “Give While You Shop” initiatives offered through popular national retailers—Amazon Smile, Kroger Community Rewards, and Publix Partners. These charitable initiatives provide a portion of each purchase you make directly to Murphy-Harpst—at no added cost to you! All you need to do is register for these programs online, and then follow specific steps while shopping online or in store. Each process only takes a few minutes but provides big benefits to the kids at Murphy-Harpst!

AMAZON SMILE You can contribute directly to Murphy-Harpst just by doing your normal shopping on Amazon. Simply start by going to When prompted to “Select a Charity” search for “Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers” and follow the instructions. When you make purchases through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of each eligible purchase to Murphy-Harpst! Just remember—every time you shop on Amazon be sure to go through to receive the benefits for the children in our care!

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS It’s easy when you enroll in Kroger Community Rewards! To enroll, go to and navigate to the Community Rewards Page.

You will sign up with your Plus Card and select a local organization you wish to support. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll earn rewards for your chosen organization every time you shop and use your Plus Card! Remember to swipe your card or enter your alternate ID at checkout to quickly and easily support our kids. Intramural Basketball Team Murphy-Harpst has a new intramural basketball team! The boys are currently practicing three times each week and doing an amazing job learning skills, patience, and teamwork. They are preparing for their first off-site practice game with a neighboring team in February.

Jerseys are on the way in anticipation of their first game! We are so proud of these young men and how hard they are working to make this team a success! GO SOLDIERS!

8 PUBLIX PARTNERS The Publix Partners program has changed, and in order to support Murphy-Harpst at checkout you must create an online account and select Murphy-Harpst as your school of choice! Go to and select “Log In” or “Sign Up.” Once you create an account or fill in your personal information, it will take you to account settings. Then, follow the prompts to select Murphy-Harpst as your school of choice. When checking out, remember to key in your phone number to benefit the kids at Murphy-Harpst!


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Advocacy Events This winter the Murphy-Harpst Advancement Team is launching the first round of what we hope will be many in-home awareness events.

Many of our Board Members have graciously offered to host events in their communities with a goal of raising awareness about Murphy-Harpst among their friends and family. In partnership with the Advancement Team, each event is driven by the host, with their connections and community in mind. Most of our supporters are hosting events in their homes, some at their churches, and others at their clubs and businesses. Each event is a unique reflection of the hosts, with the Advancement Team supporting the programming and information at each event.

Special thanks to hosts: Cindy and John Ethridge, Shannon and Scott Campbell, Whitney and Greg Watts, Martha and Ken Carroll, Belle and Wilds Pierce, Lisa and Harold Wyatt, Andrea and Lou Cataland, and Heather and Bruce Elder! The Advancement Team is seeking volunteers to host similar events through the Summer and the Fall. If you are interested in hosting an Awareness Event in your community, please contact Claire Wood, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, at or 404.783.1176. Alumni Story Vance Roden Murphy-Harpst has a long history of serving Georgia’s most vulnerable children.

Since 1924 we have cared for thousands of children, youth, and families! While our services and facilities have changed over the decades, our mission has stayed the same: to provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can thrive and heal. Unfortunately it is difficult to keep in touch with many of our former residents for a variety of reasons. But with new technology and social media, it is becoming easier and easier to stay in touch with our former residents.

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Last fall, former resident Vance Roden and his wife Cathy visited our campus. Vance lived here from 1969 to 1978. Vance and Cathy toured the campus with Pam Kramer, Director of Corporate and Community Engagement. They walked around as he reminisced and visited his first bedroom on campus—currently Susan Stroup’s office in Noble Hall! When Vance was a resident, he planted the ginkgo tree in front of James Hall, which has now grown into a beautiful fixture on campus. Vance even found the spot where he carved his name into the Pavilion—hopefully our kids don’t get the same idea! After their tour, the Rodens looked in the old scrapbooks Susan maintains, and they saw pictures of Vance getting tutored, catching his first fish, playing ball and more.

Vance said Murphy-Harpst was his family, and he had so many fond memories of the children he grew up with here. It was amazing to hear his stories and memories. Several current residents came to introduce themselves and Mr. Vance shared words of wisdom and friendship with them. They loved talking to Vance and sharing their stories together. Watching our current and former residents connect and share was a wonderful reminder of why we do the work that we do at Murphy-Harpst. Are you or someone you know a former resident of Murphy- Harpst? We would love to stay in touch! Please contact Claire Wood, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager, at or 404.783.1176.

Nutcracker Tickets Several of our foster children and families attended the Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker in December! It was the kids’ first visit to the fabulous Fox Theatre, and they were absolutely mesmerized by the beautiful show. The children were so excited—they dressed in their prettiest outfits, munched on popcorn, and smiled the night away in the best seats in the house!

We are so grateful to our generous friends at the Atlanta Ballet and Chris Carlos for providing this magical, unforgettable experience for our families. If you or your organization are interested in providing the children in our care with tickets, passes, or other experiences, contact Pam Kramer at or 404.376.2723 8 10

Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers 740 Fletcher Street Cedartown, GA 30125 6th Annual Miles of Hope Saturday, March 16 This year’s 6th Annual Miles of Hope will be held on Saturday, March 16th on the Silver Comet Trail in Cedartown! The 2018 Miles of Hope ride raised over $3,800 for the kids at Murphy- Harpst, with over 50 community participants and a dozen of our kids joining in for the fun.

The University of Georgia Wesley Foundation will be back to support our kids and staff in this exciting annual event.

Individuals, teams, churches, and corporate sponsors interested in the Miles of Hope Ride or Walk can visit Miles2019 or contact Scott Fuller at for more information.

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