A LASTING LEGACY IN HONOR OF A LOVED ONE

April 23rd, 2015

BY STEPHEN JUDD

Many friends and supporters of Tupelo Children’s Mansion remember their deceased loved ones with a Living Memorial Gift in their honor. An acknowledgment card is sent to the family.HansfordMontgomery

For more information on how you can leave a lasting legacy in honor of a loved one, please contact Michelle Palmer, Executive Secretary, at michellepalmer@mansionkids.org, or by calling 662.791.7707.

Click the following link to see a listing of recent Living Memorial Gifts…

https://mansionkids.org/give/living-memorials/

 

 

 

Become A Guardian Angel!

March 1st, 2015

STEPHEN JUDD

Haven of Hope Girls’ Home is a part of Tupelo Children’s Mansion and is a 12-month behavior modification and support program for teenage girls between 13 and 16 years of age. The home is truly a “haven of hope,” providing a safe and structured environment where the girls receive direction and guidance from Godly residential mentors and qualified therapists.

Nearly 100 young ladies have gone through Haven of Hope since we started this program in October of 2004. For most of them, it was a life-changing experience. Over time, while in the program, most of the residents gained a sense of self worth, developed a relationship with God, and found meaning and purpose for their lives.

The program consists of a 3-tier system in which the girls accomplish specified behavioral and therapeutic goals.

Tier 1 – Stabilization
The first several months of treatment focus on “stabilization.” During this time the resident works on compliance, recognizing her need for help, and establishing a sense of self-worth.

Tier 2 – Recovery
After “stabilization” has been accomplished, the resident moves to the “recovery” tier, where the treatment focuses on developing, controlling, and improving behavior and appropriate emotional response skills.

Tier 3 – Restoration
“Restoration” is the focus of the last months of treatment. During this time, each girl works on acquiring, internalizing, and maintaining the self-discipline, self-esteem, and dignity that is required to make reunification successful.

The girls benefit from very structured environment with a great deal of hands on supervision, and this certainly includes the classroom. A certified instructor oversees the educational program. In most cases, the girls are behind academically when they arrive on our campus; however, we have had tremendous success in helping the girls to move forward with their schooling.

For questions about placement or more information about the program, you may contact Kathryn Slagle, Director of Residential Services: kathyrnslagle@mansionkids.org; 662-791-7762

You can make a difference in the life of teen-age girl in our Haven of Hope Girls’ Home by becoming a Guardian Angel.

For more information on how you can become a Guardian Angel, go to: https://mansionkids.org/give/guardian-angel , or contact our Annette Tomlinson, Director of Sponsor Relations: 662-791-7726 annettetomlinson@mansionkids.org

 

Fun in the Snow!

February 26th, 2015

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Tupelo experienced the biggest snow storm in many years on Wednesday. As much as nine inches accumulated in just a few hours. The road conditions were so bad that the mayor issued a curfew throughout the night. Our offices and school were dismissed early, primarily in order for the children to be able to fully enjoy this rare event in the deep south.

The Mansion Kids were amazed and enchanted with the snow. When they realized they didn’t have the right type of gloves, they improvised by putting many pairs of socks on their hands. Since they did not have sleds, they used cardboard boxes or anything that could be found, including laundry baskets.1043875_10203895007277977_3518343280664752737_n11006378_10203895024198400_629178394912397579_n

The girls brought in bowls of snow and made snow-cones. They also made snow cream, which is basically snow and sweetened condensed milk.

Some of them, not realizing how quickly snow melts and wanting a memento, tried to bring snow balls inside and display them on the shelves in their rooms. Needless to say, that didn’t work out well.

The cutest thing was when our four-year-old, Austin, kept yelling over and over, “It’s Christmas! It’s Christmas! When are we getting our presents?  It’s Christmas!”

The girls kept trying to explain to him that Christmas wasn’t possible, that it was just Valentine’s Day. But his response was to continue to declare in disbelief, “Merry Christmas. I love Christmas!”

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A Large Board Showing Broad Support!

February 23rd, 2015

BY STEPHEN JUDD

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Someone saw a post on Facebook of the photo taken of the Tupelo Children’s Mansion Board of Directors, during it’s annual meeting in Tupelo, and commented, “Wow, that’s a lot of board members!” Yes it is a large board, and it shows the broad support for the Mansion from all across North America.

The Mansion board is made up of the District Superintendents and Secretaries of 35 “Partnering Districts” of the UPCI, ten Directors At Large, 18 Honorary Directors, as well as the UPCI Ladies Ministries President and General Youth President.

Those serving on the Executive Board are: Kevin Cox IO8A0631(Chairman), Aubrey Jayroe (Vice-Chairman), Matthew Martin (Secretary), David Tipton, Jr., Ron Brown, Scott Graham, Dennis Davis and Mark Johnson. The Directors at Large include: Gary Keller, Robert Martin, Larry Sims, William Chapman, Robert Myre, Coy Hill, Cheryl Becton, Roy Barnhill, Cindy Hart and James Carney.

IO8A0679The annual gathering of board members and supporters during February 10-11 included the Annual Fellowship Banquet, campus tours, a ladies luncheon, and meetings of several committees and the board. All had a wonderful time.

For more information about Tupelo Children’s Mansion, please go to: www.mansionkids.org.

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In Search of a Forever Family

January 21st, 2015

It has been a joy to watch Devon mature and develop a strong sense of self-esteem since his placement at Tupelo Children’s Mansion in the summer of 2013. He is an energetic 11-year-old with a charming smile and engaging personality.IO8A6559

When Devon’s adoptive mother, the only mother he has ever known, became critically ill last year, she began making plans to secure Devon a safe and loving future. Knowing she would be unable to parent him into adulthood, she contacted TCM and asked them to help her find Devon a new home.

When Devon arrived at the Mansion, he was angry at everyone and everything. Over the last year he has come to understand the deep love that led his mother to let him go. His first few months at TCM were rocky and his attitude and school grades reflected the hurt he was experiencing; however, last semester he made honor roll. He is currently an active member of the children’s sign and vocal choir, and has recently become a Bible quizzer.

Devon is aware that he is available for adoption and open to becoming a part of a new family. If you should have any questions concerning adoption through TCM, please contact our residential department.

If you would like to make a difference in Devon’s life now, you can sponsor him by becoming a Mansion Kid Sponsor.

We are thankful for our Mansion Kid Sponsors, who are the lifeblood of Tupelo Children’s Mansion. Without our sponsors, we would not be able to care for the children that God has entrusted to us. Sponsorship dollars help provide for the children’s clothing, food, shelter, special educational needs, medical needs, parental support (through our loving houseparents) and personal care.

To become a sponsor of Devon, or any other child at the Mansion, please go to www.mansionkids.org and click on “Mansion Kid Sponsor.” You can also call or email Annette Tomlinson, Director of Sponsor Relations, at annettetomlinson@mansionkids.org / 662.791.7726.