UMFA grant to Methodist Family Health allows youth in group homes to attend Camp Tanako

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas (UMFA) recently awarded a $15,000 grant to Methodist Family Health (MFH) to allow youth from eight therapeutic group homes throughout Arkansas to attend the Rev. Robert Regnier Memorial Summer Camp at Camp Tanako in Hot Springs. 

“This is a great partnership between three Arkansas United Methodist ministries,” said UMFA President and CEO Jim Argue Jr. in an April 24 news release. “Methodist Family Health provides its wonderful ministry to children, Camp Tanako provides a great facility and environment and UMFA provides the bridge funding to bring them together. We are delighted to do our part and greatly appreciate the ministries of our sister institutions.”

Youth living in group homes attend public schools during the school year, and MFH provides summer activities that mirror the experiences of their peers, including summer camp. 

“We love that our youth have the chance to make priceless memories while having fun and simply being a kid,” said Carolyn McCone, executive director of the Methodist Family Health Foundation. 

Camp is also a great location for practicing the life skills young people learn in their treatment homes. It allows the youth to continue learning through the Teaching-Family Model, which uses positive reinforcement. They earn awards throughout the week, and medals and trophies are given as tangible evidence of their accomplishments. MFH Teaching Parents say these awards become cherished possessions and are proudly displayed when the youth return home.

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas manages $145 million in endowment funds and other charitable assets that benefit local churches and other United Methodist ministries. As one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country, UMFA manages more than 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.

Methodist Family Health provides quality, compassionate psychiatric and behavioral healthcare to children and families throughout Arkansas, serving approximately 2,400 clients daily in inpatient, residential and outpatient venues of care.

Camp Tanako is a ministry of the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Its mission is to welcome children, youth and adults to a place set apart where they can grow in their faith by experiencing God through nature and spending time in community and respond to the call of the Holy Spirit.