United Methodist Children's Home dedicates new playground


The United Methodist Children’s Home is celebrating the installation of a new playground on its Decatur campus. The playground, built to accommodate preschool through elementary age children, is the result of a $5,000 grant awarded to the Children’s Home after the Aprons in Action Facebook competition last spring and an additional $10,000 raised from Facebook fans, UMCH supporters, and Home Depot employees and departments. 

After spending the summer planning the installation, the playground was installed Wednesday, Oct. 24 by volunteers from The Home Depot’s corporate offices. More than 75 volunteers helped build the playground.

Volunteering on two past occasions, Team Depot volunteers painted the exterior of six cottages, built 10 benches, planted over 40 azaleas and completely renovated portions of the organization’s recreation and education buildings when employees of The Home Depot nominated the Children’s Home for the Aprons in Action contest. The Facebook competition took place in February. After a race to the finish, the Children’s Home came in second place and won a $5,000 Home Depot gift card. 

The playground is used by children in the Home’s Family Housing, Nurturing Connections and Jesse’s House after-school programs - children who have been homeless, stressed, and powerless. 

Says Bob Bruder-Mattson, UMCH CEO, “Our friends at The Home Depot and our Facebook community have given our children freedom, safety and fun, which they may not have had in a very long time. The first time the children ran out to play on the new playground, one of the children shouted ‘Thank you for building us a park!’ We all share that gratitude for all the votes, donations and volunteer time that built this playground.” 

About the United Methodist Children’s Home of the North Georgia Conference: The United Methodist Children’s Home is a safe haven for children, youth and their families. The organization’s mission is to provide redemptive, healing services that bring meaningful change to the lives of children and families. To learn more about the organization and to get involved, visit at www.umchildrenshome.org or www.facebook.com/umchildrenshome.