MY TAKE AWAY FROM THE CORE CONFERENCE

September 9th, 2014

BY STEPHEN JUDD

Leaving the CORE (Coalition for Residential Education) Conference – hosted by the acclaimed Milton Hershey School (and children’s home) of Hershey, PA – greatly challenged and inspired. Can’t wait to adaptively implement many of the ideas and best practices shared by the presenters. After 61 years of existence, TCM still doesn’t have it all figured out (and never will); but we can do better! I found the following workshops extremely relevant and most valuable: Training and Developing Residential Staff; Sexual Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents; and, Emerging Trends in Campus Safety and Security.

 

A LASTING LEGACY IN HONOR OF A LOVED ONE

September 2nd, 2014

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 Sonya Laughlin, Administrative Director, at sonyalaughlin@mansionkids.org, or by calling 662.791.7705.

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

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

 

 

 

CHILDREN HELPING CHILDREN

August 23rd, 2014

BY STEPHEN JUDD

It is a precious thing when children want to be a part of blessing the children at the Mansion.
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Here are several recent examples:

Isabella (on the left) from Clearwater, FL, told her mother that if she would take her to see Tupelo Children’s Mansion, she would not ask for anything else for her birthday this year, or next year. During her visit, Isabella wanted to know when she could get an application to work at TCM. (Her cousin, Tahlea, is pictured on the right.)

2014_08_06_17_23_10_0001-2Children from North Little Rock had a “boys vs. girls” contest during VBS to raise money for the Mansion. If the boys won, Tiffany Martin would take a pie in the face. If the girls won, Mark Bailey would take the punishment. The girls won by a landslide.

2014_08_11_19_23_17_0001A young lady from Mt. Vernon, Missouri had a desire to do a fundraiser for TCM. The result was a children’s car wash after a Sunday service, and an offering of $251.00.

Three siblings just arrived as new TCM residents from Gainesville, FL. One of our social workers, Tommy Delbridge, was bringing them to Tupelo and the oldest girl shared with him how that when I was preaching at their church a few months ago, that people in the congregation started getting out of their seats and taking offerings to the altar for TCM. Then the oldest recalled that she took all of the money she had, totally $60.00, and took it up to the front because she knew the children at the Mansion would need it. Then her sister spoke up and mentioned that she was given $5.00 to go out and eat with after church, but decided to give it to TCM instead.

Little did they know at the time that the sacrificial offerings they had given that night would actually be providing for their needs now.photo-20

 

 

YOUR LOVE COULD HELP TO CHANGE A CHILD’S LIFE!

July 9th, 2014

BY STEPHEN JUDD

A precious young lady came to the Mansion right before Christmas last year. She was not abused in the typical sense, but she was terribly unhappy and not functioning well within her home. She was the second oldest of six children, three of which had been adopted by the family. Sherry is a beautiful young lady who has won our hearts with her sweet disposition and gentle spirit.

She didn’t have a strong Christian background upon arrival, but we are happy to report that she was recently baptized in Jesus’ name and filled with the Holy Ghost.

Just a few months ago, Sherry was inconsolable after reading a letter from home. As she read the letter, she began to cry and begged us to not to send her home. She went on to explain that she has never been hap4ColorLogopier than she is now, since coming to the Mansion. “Everyone loves me here, and they treat me with such kindness,” she said.

We found out in therapy that Sherry’s story is even more tragic than we knew initially. Prior to adoption at an extremely young age, Sherry had been “sold” for sex with men by her biological mother. She often has nightmares of these horrific experiences.

If you saw Sherry today, you would never imagine that this was her past life. She smiles at everyone and is always willing to give a hug to her “sisters” and other female staff members. She is shy and a little self conscious, but is so endearing and sweet that you simply cannot fathom her being abused in such a sinister manner.

For the first time in her life, she is doing well in school, and we are so pleased with the progress she has made, both academically and emotionally, while being in our care.

Please pray for Sherry and other young people and children just like her. I can’t imagine where Sherry would be today if we had not reached out to her when she needed us the most.

You can help make it possible for other boys or girls to have a loving and caring home, and to overcome the past problems in their lives while reaching for their full potential. Would you ask the Lord if He would lead you to reach out and help His work among these children?

To support TCM with a special offering, go to www.mansionkids.org, or mail your check to TCM, PO Box 167, Tupelo, MS 38802.

 

 

IF IT WASN’T FOR THE MANSION…

July 8th, 2014

BY STEPHEN JUDD

I just returned home from a trip and found this note on my desk, along with a generous donation for the Mansion:

My 22-year-old daughter-in-law arrived at the Mansion soon after she was born. If it wasn’t for TCM, who knows where she would be today?

Now, she and our son-in-law have blessed us with two beautiful granddaughters!

Thank you, TCM!