UMFA grant to Methodist Family Health provides field trips for children in treatment

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas (UMFA) recently awarded a $9,500 grant to the Methodist Family Health Foundation to provide educational field trips for 250 children in the Behavioral Hospital, Residential Treatment Centers, Therapeutic Group Homes, Therapeutic Day Treatment Program and Arkansas CARES Program, UMFA announced in a Sept. 22 news release.
“Though they require intensive support, children with emotional and behavioral problems also need fun, fresh air and exposure to art, history and theater,” said Jim Argue Jr., UMFA president and CEO.
Children in Methodist Family Health programs statewide will attend Children’s Theatre Productions and special exhibits at the Arkansas Arts Center. They also will make trips to Toltec Mounds, a pumpkin patch and tour the USS Razorback. Other destinations include the Little Rock and Memphis Zoos, museums throughout Arkansas and in Memphis, Blanchard Springs Caverns and the Ferndale 4-H Center.
“Methodist Family Health is grateful for the UMFA grant that allows our children to have recreational outings,” said Ashley Coldiron, executive director of the Methodist Family Health Foundation. “Many of the children we care for have never had the chance to slide down a water slide, go to a play or visit the local science museum; we thank you for giving the children we serve the freedom to be a kid!”
As one of the largest United Methodist foundations in the country, UMFA manages $135 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and other United Methodist ministries. Founded in 1963, UMFA is responsible for over 650 funds that support United Methodist ministries.
Methodist Family Health provides quality, compassionate psychiatric and behavioral healthcare to children and families throughout Arkansas, serving approximately 1,400 clients daily in inpatient, residential and outpatient venues of care.