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.

 

It’s Not Too Late To Make A Year-End Gift To TCM!

December 30th, 2014

As I write this final blog of 2014, I want to begin by thanking our Mansion supporters for all that you do to help us respond to the urgent needs of children every day.

The destruction we see in these young lives is worse than any tornado, flood or fire that you see in the news. The devastation of abuse, abandonment and neglect may not always show outwardly. Rather, its’ an erosion of the spirit, a loss of hope and a fear that, “I will never be safe.”

Before I pass along a wonderful testimony from a former resident, let me share with you a sampling of favorable opinions about TCM from several noted leaders:

“The love and support that you show to children each day makes a tremendous difference to this state. Obviously, your care and the Christian environment you provide have a profound impact on the children you serve. However, you reach extends much further. Your mission and example touch the lives of people throughout the community, and I know the lives of those who support your efforts are changed for the better as a result of your service.”—Phil Bryant, Governor of Mississippi 

“I have known of TCM since 1994. Chick-fil-A has played a small part in their financial support. This is a worthy organization that has served children with integrity.”—The late S. Truett Cathy, Founder & Chairman, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

“TCM, what a wonderful place for our children when they have nowhere else to go. Through the years, the Mansion has provided a means of family living when there were no other options. They have never refused to take in those who cried for help…now we cannot refuse to help them when they need us the most.  As the auditor for TCM for a number of years, I can attest to the fact that they utilize every resource available and use ‘your’ money wisely. You can’t go wrong by investing your contribution with TCM, who in turn will invest it in our future…our children.”—Aubrey Jayroe—TCM Vice Chairman, Arkansas District Secretary UPCI.

“For over 60 years, TCM has made a positive difference in the lives of countless children who have known abuse and abandonment. I have a close personal relationship with TCM’s President, and I have always known the staff to exhibit the highest degree of professionalism. Your support of this outstanding organization is a worthwhile investment.”—Roger F. Wicker, U. S. Senator, Mississippi

“For many years I have watched as Tupelo Children’s Mansion has fulfilled its mission to many unfortunate children and young people. What a phenomenal place it has been for those who otherwise would have never experienced such love and hope. I am deeply impressed with what God is doing through this Ministry.—Ron Becton, Pastor of First Church, Nashville, Tennessee

I appreciate these wonderful expressions of support; however, the most significant endorsements come from those who have personally been impacted by this ministry.

Katie Albanito, a former TCM resident, recently shared her story with me:

“Fourteen years ago I arrived at Tupelo Children’s Mansion—a scared, hurt and broken 15-year-old. My childhood was marked by abandonment, rejection and self-loathing—leaving me confused, angry and unable to connect with my family. I am so thankful that the Mansion took me in when I found myself in such a desperate situation. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity I had to live at the Mansion, where I learned that ‘with God all things are possible’ and that ‘He will never leave me nor forsake me.’ Because of God’s grace and mercy, I’m right where I need to be, serving in the Sunday School at my local church and teaching my own children about God’s love.”

As we close out 2014, may I appeal to you one more time to consider sending an end-of-the-year offering to help us continue reaching out to children like Katie?

I can assure you that your help at this time would be appreciated so very much.

Thank you for believing in this great cause. Please know that your support is making a difference in the lives of many precious children.

You can give online by clicking here… https://mansionkids.org/give/current-appeal/

 

 

Wishing You The Merriest Christmas from TCM!

December 13th, 2014
 

TODAY IS THE DAY! #GIVINGTUESDAY

December 2nd, 2014

Today is the big day, #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving at the start of the annual Christmas season. We recognized Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now, with #GivingTuesday, we have a dedicated day of giving!

Today, individuals, families, businesses & churches are coming together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

I hope that you will consider making a donation to Tupelo Children’s Mansion, one of the oldest and most beloved children’s homes in North America. Your support will help us continue to care for children who are abused, neglected, abandoned, homeless or orphaned. Our hope is that every child will have the opportunity to grow up in a safe, loving and stable family.

Give to TCM with confidence. Our 61-year-old charitable organization is a member of the Coalition of Residential Education (CORE), the Alliance for Children and Families, and is endorsed by numerous church organizations, governmental officials and business leaders.

There are three ways to give:

1. Give on-line at http://mansionkids.org/

2. Text to Give – Text “Mansion” to 56512 and follow the link to give  any amount right from your phone!

3. Mail your donation to: TCM #GivingTuesday, PO Box 167, Tupelo, MS 38802

Thanks for helping us help the children!

 

BECAUSE…THAT’S WHY!

November 16th, 2014

This morning’s message was partly inspired by Jake, our 6-year-old grandson. The title: “Because…That’s why!” This used to be his frequent response when asked, “Why?” The way he said it was funny then, and still is. Erma and I still respond frequently to each other with those words, in jest, of course.

In the Old Testament, Moses told the people that the Lord didn’t set His love upon them, nor choose them, because they were so great, or so special… “But because the LORD loved you…” (Deut. 7:8).

I introduced the old Andre Crouch song to the younger folks: “I Don’t Know Why Jesus Loved Me!” Then I taught them another old hymn: “Why Should He Love Me So?” (They’d never heard either one!) The answer to both songs is strangely and profoundly this: “BECAUSE…THAT’S WHY!”

“The heart has it’s reasons, which reason does not know.” – Pascal

Aren’t you glad that God loves you today?

– Stephen Judd