Lake Hickory Adventures

Posted by: swright 2 weeks ago

On September 8, 2018, Chad and Lisa Burel, owners of Lake Hickory Adventures, along with their friends from Mountain View Baptist Church treated 13 of our children along with the Southmountain Children and Family Services’ Recreation Department staff to a fun-filled day on Lake Hickory. Our kids had a blast riding in their speed boat; tubing and swimming in the lake; and having their faces painted. We also got to enjoy making crafts, decorating goody bags to take home, playing horseshoes, and blowing a bazillion bubbles! Another highlight of the day was singing with and listening to Luke Burel and his church worship team friends.
The Burls generously provided a fantastic lunch spread for all to enjoy! What a kind, joyful, and generous bunch are Chad, Lisa, Jesse, Luke, and their friends from Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory! They continue to remind us of what community love and support look like in action. Southmountain is blessed to have them as friends!

A New School Year Is Upon Us!

Posted by: swright 1 month ago

To the excitement of some children and the disappointment of others, regardless of how we feel about it--a new school year is now upon us!  This year, Southmountain has 37 children enrolled in Burke County Public Schools.   Twenty of our children are attending Glen Alpine Elementary, 9 students are attending Table Rock Middle School and 8 children are enrolled at Freedom High School. We want to wish each and every child a successful and fun school year and wish our foster parents the best of luck in supporting each of their young learners!

Back to School Picnic

Posted by: swright 1 month ago

Every year, prior to the beginning of a new school year, Southmountain Children and Family Services hosts a back to school picnic for our children, parents, staff, and school teachers and principals.  This year, we welcomed a great turnout from the schools, and it was a perfect opportunity for our children and their teachers to meet prior to the beginning of school.  To show appreciation to our schools, Southmountain gave a gift basket full of goodies to each school.  We served delicious picnic food with a big shout out to Skip Haynes who did a wonderful job preparing the food and Claudia Klahre who organized the event.  It was a quite enjoyable time for all who attended!

Summer Adventure for Southmountain!

Posted by: swright 1 month, 1 week ago

The children and staff of the Foster Community have had a very exciting summer. They spent the first summer outing zip lining on the Beanstalk Journey course, thanks to the generosity of Mike Fischesser and our generous host Jo Alberts.  For the next trip, they went to Hidden Creek Park, where they rode the water slide, swam in the pool, canoed, played shuffleboard and were treated to free slushies during the afternoon thunderstorm. Next, they went to Kool Park in Hickory, where everyone found challenges to meet their thrill-seeking needs and face their personal fears. Some kids splashed down the water slide, others learned to dive off the side of the pool, and our bravest youth (and staff) launched fifteen-plus feet off the high dive tower!

Southmountain agency grows again to establish better advocacy in the Toe River area

Posted by: swright 2 months, 1 week ago

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