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It's part history lesson and part plea (not beg) for funding. 2014-04-16 20:28:37 GMT 2014-04-17 14:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 33 33 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 50 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 33 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
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Prior to our watch, children in need of a home had no resource but an orphanage. We wanted to change that by connecting children desperate for a home with loving families who desperately wanted to provide one.
With our roots in adoption, we’ve grown over the last 100+ years to become the state’s largest and most comprehensive behavioral health provider for children.
From 1912 to today, from adoption to autism, our mission is and always has been to help children thrive and families flourish.
Dreams come true by design, not by accident. When vision and hard work are supplied with the resources to bring a dream to life, miracles can happen.
Over the years, we’ve been blessed by the generosity of several visionary benefactors--our Children’s Champions.
1912: Dr. Richard Powers, a successful landowner, businessman, and philanthropist,
saw that our need outmatched our resources. He donated a tract of land on North West Street, along with the funds necessary to construct a receiving home for children.
Why did Dr. Powers choose to focus his generosity on providing for disadvantaged children? Simple: He was one of those children. Abandoned by his father and orphaned at the age of 11 when his mother died, Dr. Powers felt a powerful connection to those in need of a loving home.
In 1926, Thomas Gale became our next Children’s Champion. He deeded 240 acres of farmland to us. . Initially, the land provided food for the children we served. Later, the land, when sold, provided even more - an endowment allowing us to serve even more children in Mississippi.
In 2006, James “Jim” and Jean Austin Bagley made the largest donation in our history, gifting the funds to purchase 21 acres adjacent to our Jackson campus. Once again, the gift was given because of a personal connection to children in need: Jean had spent eight years in the Methodist Children’s Home, which had previously occupied the site.
In 2009, Carol Albritton Biedenharn provided generous funds for the state of the art arts and education center, named in honor of her dad, William Louis Albritton. The building was a centerpiece to our new campus. Carol's mother was an alcoholic. Her father spent most of his free time with her teaching her the skills she needed to be successful. Carol feels the MCHS provides excellent services for families like the one she grew up in.
As the needs of Mississippi’s children have become more complex, our mission has remained the same - to help children thrive and help families overcome extraordinary challenges.Throughout our 100 plus years of existence, it has continually evolved to not only meet the needs of Mississippi’s children, but to anticipate them.
To truly comprehend how vital these services are, we must understand the staggering impact of mental health issues on our children. The numbers speak for themselves.
We believe that inside every child is the potential to be a happy, productive member of society. We consider it not only our responsibility, but our sacred duty to develop that potential and give them the tools they need to thrive in their home and communities.
Throughout our first 100 years, we were blessed to have Children’s Champions willing to give their resources to transform the lives of Mississippi's greatest treasure, our children. We have been good stewards of those resources , and have used them to touch thousands of lives. We need new Children’s Champions to take up the mantle of responsibility for Mississippi’s children for our next 100 years.
Our joy comes from seeing the trajectory of a child's life change and knowing that it's not just that one child's life that's been improved, but also the lives of future generations.
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