A New Era: Children's Home Signs Lease for Residences, Office Space


The United Methodist Children's Home announced tonight that they have secured housing for residential clients as well as professional space for trainings, flea market sales, and offices. 

August 7, 2017

Dear North Georgia Conference United Methodists,

It’s a big day in the history of The United Methodist Children’s Home and we’re writing to be certain you are among the first to learn our latest news.

Responding to the growing needs of the children and families we serve, UMCH leadership recently signed leases to secure housing in Tucker, Ga and Clarkston, Ga for our residential clients. The new homes – for which occupancy is slated for early September – will provide future housing for families and young adults currently under UMCH’s care at the ministry’s Decatur campus.

UMCH also signed a lease for professional space, to meet its needs for foster family and volunteer training, flea market sales, and administrative offices. We’ll be moving early fall to 1967 Lakeside Parkway, Building 400 in Tucker, Ga.  Once our move is complete we will let you know, so you can communicate with us at this new location.

This progress is in step with the ministry’s plan to relocate from its 77-acre campus at 500 S. Columbia Drive in DeKalb County. In an interview about the news, Rev. Hal Jones said signing the leases is another critical step in a new chapter for The Children’s Home.

“We now have a new residential and professional base from which to expand our ministry,” said Jones. “This milestone opens a much wider path to continue providing services to people in DeKalb County, and to serve many more people in new communities across North Georgia. The new space is exceptionally suited for UMCH staff to provide services to clients in Foster Care, Family Housing, Independent Living and Transitional Living. The site also provides a new location for the UMCH Flea Market, a decades-long tradition that will continue.”

UMCH currently employs about 75 staff, with essential support from thousands of volunteers. Its new space will be used for services and events including Foster Care IMPACT trainings, foster family visitations, Care Connection volunteer training, young adult mentorships, career coaching, music therapy, GED completion and college scholarship applications, its regular flea market sales, the annual Children’s Christmas Celebration with Santa, and many other initiatives – all in furtherance of the ministry’s mission. Existing offices in Gainesville, Ga and Newnan, Ga will continue to operate and expand, and a new office opening in Augusta district area is underway.

The Children’s Home Board of Trustees agreed to sell the ministry’s 77-acre campus to the City of Decatur during early 2017. The Decatur City Commission approved and announced the purchase at their meeting held April 17. Annual earnings from the $40 million proceeds, along with continued and increasing support from donors to UMCH, long-time and new, offer the now very real potential for UMCH to reach significantly more children and families in crisis in new communities across North Georgia. Terms of the sale included retained ownership and preservation of The Children’s Home historic Moore Chapel and the City of Decatur’s agreement to preserve the gravesite of UMCH’s founder Rev. Dr. Jesse Boring. The sale also created a preservation covenant honoring the unparalleled tenure of Bev Cochran, former CEO of The Children’s Home, who led the ministry for 43 years, from 1968 to 2012. The City of Decatur and The Children’s Home agreed to name the existing administration building at 500 S. Columbia Drive – which will remain in use by the City – in memory of Cochran, touching the lives of thousands of UMCH alumni, their children and grandchildren.

We greatly appreciate your continuing partnership during this exciting year of change and growth. And we welcome your support as we seek more foster families, volunteers, donors, and prayer partners.  

Please watch for updates at www.umchildrenshome.org. And thank you for all the ways you partner with your United Methodist Children’s Home. Together, we restore children and families from trauma, through Jesus Christ.


With gratitude for you,

John P. Cerniglia, CFRE
Vice President – Development
Office: (404) 327-5838