Annual Sonshine Saturday Sponsored by Enon Baptist Church

Posted by: swright 1 year, 8 months ago

On Saturday May 20, 2017 Enon Baptist Church in Drexel hosted “Sonshine Saturday” for children, parents and staff that live and work at our Foster Community, in Nebo, North Carolina.  For over 25 years, Enon Baptist Church has held the event on the church grounds and this year, over 100 people enjoyed this exciting day!   Our children had lots of fun participating in a watermelon eating contest, sack race, waterslide, obstacle course, dunking booth and a wheel barrow race.  Other fun activities included an egg carrying contest, 100 yard dash, a relay race and a football throwing contest and ribbons were given to the winners.  Church members served a delicious lunch and everyone had a wonderful feast! Southmountain is so grateful to Enon Baptist Church and their volunteers for hosting this event for so many years!

Southmountain Children and Family Services Receives Grant from the Community Foundation of Burke County

Posted by: swright 1 year, 9 months ago

Children at Southmountain Estates, a Foster Community operated by Southmountain Children and Family Services, now have the opportunity to participate in an art program, made possible by a $5,080 grant from the Community Foundation of Burke County. The Foster Community is a one-of-a-kind program serving children in out of home care as a result of abuse, neglect or other loss and is currently home to 48 children. Located in Western Burke County, the program serves children from across Western North Carolina, primarily Burke and surrounding counties.
The grant from the Community Foundation has allowed Southmountain to hire an art teacher as well as repair two pottery kilns and purchase art supplies.
The art program is an important part of the activities offered for children at Southmountain Estates. The expressive arts are known to facilitate emotional and creative expression for children who have experienced the trauma of child abuse. Art activities also can reduce stress and offer a great opportunity for children to pursue their interests and talents. Along with the art program, Southmountain recently began a music program that adds to the academic enrichment, recreation, and self-esteem building activities offered for the children living at Soutmountain Estates.
Southmountain’s Foster Community is a unique program and the only one of its kind in North Carolina, combining the best aspects of foster care and group home care. In addition to the Foster Community, Southmountain Children and Family Services operates four Children’s Advocacy Centers serving Burke, McDowell, Watauga, Avery, Yancey and Mitchell Counties. The purpose of the Children’s Advocacy Centers is to coordinate child abuse investigations with the agencies involved in the process including law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office, the Department of Social Services, medical and mental health services. Southmountain staff conducts forensic interviews and child medical exams on site at the Children’s Advocacy Centers; key components of the child abuse investigation.
Southmountain also operates the Center of Excellence serving Western North Carolina. The Center of Excellence provides evidence-based therapy for children and their non-offending parents who are suffering trauma symptoms as a result of abuse, neglect or other loss.
Southmountain would like to thank the Community Foundation of Burke County for the current grant and for their continued support of Southmountain Children and Family Services.

Southmountain Participates in Couch to 5K Race

Posted by: swright 1 year, 9 months ago

Eleven runners from the Southmountain Runner’s Club on April 29th participated in the Camp Cedar Cliff 5K race near Asheville.  These eleven runners, ages 7- 52, including children and staff, set a record for the number of participants from Southmountain that ran in this race.  The children and staff worked their way up to being able to run three miles through the “Couch to 5K” program, making huge progress!  Congratulations to all the runners who participated!

Southmountain receives COA re-accreditation

Posted by: swright 1 year, 9 months ago

The Council on Accreditation (COA) has chosen to expedite and re-accredit Southmountain Children and Family Services.  Our agency for decades has been accredited by COA and has officially completed this process again which is repeated every four years.

Art of Quilting Class at Southmountain

Posted by: swright 1 year, 10 months ago

Since last September, seven girls from Southmountain Estates have been enjoying a new hobby and learning a new skill—quilting! Maxine and Victoria Clayton from Bridge42 Church have been teaching the Art of Quilting class that meets every other Tuesday. Each girl is making their own quilt and they have also made pin cushions and small pillows.

This is an exciting and great opportunity for kids at Southmountain and we are very grateful to Maxine and Victoria for coming to Southmountain Estates to share their skills and talents!