Seeking full-time Social Worker for Southmountain Estates

Posted by: swright 3 years, 7 months ago

Southmountain Children and Family Services is seeking an energetic Social Worker to provide Case Management services to children in foster care living in a “one of a kind” Foster Community located near Lake James. Job is full-time with excellent pay and benefits.  Applicants must have Bachelors Degree with a minimum of 3 years social work experience or Masters Degree in related field.  Preference for individuals who understand and practice from a trauma informed approach in Social Work.  Send résumé information to [email protected]


Posted by: swright 3 years, 7 months ago

Did you know that Southmountain Children and Family Services began in 1903 and was called the Golden Industrial Institute? This school began in Bostic, NC in Rutherford County by Miss Emily Pruden as a boarding school for boys and girls ages 5 to 25. The school was dedicated to providing Christian education to anyone unable otherwise to earn a high school diploma.
Did you know that in 1919 the school was sold to Miss Ora Hull and Miss Bertha Moore for only $500? These two women opened their doors with a student body of 65 boys and girls including boarding pupils and children from the immediate vicinity without access to public education. In 1921, the name was changed to Southmountain Industrial Institute.
Stay tuned for more fun facts about the history of Southmountain. We will continue to post stories of the beginnings of Southmountain Children and Family Services!

Children's Advocacy Center and Center of Excellence of the Blue Ridge has MOVED!

Posted by: swright 3 years, 8 months ago

We are pleased to announce that the agency on February 1, 2017 moved our Children's Advocacy Center and Center of Excellence of the Blue Ridge to a NEW location. The improved location is close to the old one, but we hope this site will allow us to offer improved services.

Caroling, Caroling We Will Go!

Posted by: swright 3 years, 9 months ago

On December 22, children of all ages from our Foster Community spread the joy of Christmas by caroling for friends, families and a local nursing home.  About 28 children participated in this fun evening and it took a caravan of 5 cars to transport all the singers!  The event was planned by Adam Scott, Recreation Director and several of Southmountain’s foster parents.  Other staff also went along including Ben and DeLynn Garza, Keith and Debra Buchanan and Yvonne Vance. 

Southmountain Teen Attends Community College

Posted by: swright 3 years, 9 months ago

Jamie Odom, an 18 year old young lady who lives at Southmountain Estates is indeed an example to her peers. Jamie lives with foster parents Ben and DeLynn Garza and graduated from Hallyburton Academy last spring. She became a full time student at Western Piedmont Community College in the Fall of 2016 and is working towards her 2-year Associates Degree in Art. Jamie had a very successful first semester and passed all of her final exams!
In addition to being a full time student, Jamie finds time in her busy schedule to volunteer at the Hospitality House in Boone for an impressive 40 hours every other week. The Hospitality House is a residential program for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty-related crises. Jamie helps out by preparing meals, helping with office work, sorting donations and giving out supplies to residents. One of Jamie’s goals is to start an art program at the Hospitality House and her plan is to talk with the agency’s Board of Directors after she completes 1000 volunteer hours and establishes credibility with the program.
This year, the NC Legislature extended the age for children to remain in foster care from 18 to 21 and now provides state funding to County Departments of Social Services to help pay for the costs associated with young adults staying longer in foster care. Now, the door is open for foster children to return or remain in care and receive the assistance they need to reach adulthood. This change in law will benefit Jamie, and other young adults like her so they can remain in care longer or come into care between the ages of 18 and 21.
Southmountain is helping Jamie so she can be successful in college and prepared for life beyond college and the agency has helped her purchase a car. According to Jamie, “I would not change any of this for the world, and I wish I could do more.” We are so proud of you Jamie! You are an outstanding young woman! Keep up the good work!