A New School Year Is Upon Us!

Posted by: swright 7 months 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 7 months, 1 week 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 7 months, 2 weeks 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 8 months, 1 week ago

Catholic Heart Work Camp Helps Southmountain!

Posted by: swright 8 months, 2 weeks ago

In mid-July, volunteers from Catholic Heart Work Camp arrived at Southmountain Estates for the third year in a row, to lend a hand. About 200 children and adult leaders from Catholic Heart Work Camp volunteered in Morganton that week, helping at a variety of organizations. Seventeen children and 3 adults worked for four days at Southmountain Estates, and helped by pressure washing and staining decks, staining the Team Development Course and Alpine Tower equipment, pruning hedges, spreading mulch, and clearing a huge section of new trails. They are a spirited, polite and very hardworking group and it was a joy to see so many youth eager to practice their Christian faith in loving service. We are very grateful!