Mabee Foundation Awards $950,000 to Methodist Family Health$950,000 challenge grant will help fund the Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center in Little Rock

Mabee Foundation Awards $950,000 to Methodist Family Health
$950,000 challenge grant will help fund the Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center in Little Rock

mfh millar center

Methodist Family Health received $950,000 from the Mabee Foundation for the construction of the Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center.

LITTLE ROCK, AR (Jan. 19, 2021) – The Mabee Foundation recently awarded $950,000 to Methodist Family Health for construction of the Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center. The new center will replace the original chapel on Methodist Family Health’s oldest campus, the Methodist Children’s Home, in Little Rock.

This challenge grant to the Methodist Family Health Foundation for completion of the new center stipulates the nonprofit raise the total project cost of $4,256,175 by October 13, 2021. To date, Methodist Family Health Foundation has $809,000 left to raise.

“This center will include a chapel, multipurpose space, welcome center for the campus, and administrative space for our Methodist Children’s Home administrators,” said Carolyn McCone, CFRE, executive director of the Methodist Family Health Foundation. “We also will include an outdoor labyrinth, new landscaping and enhanced parking to compliment the center.”

Plans for the center include bible studies and spiritual services, such as communion, for the Arkansas children and families Methodist Family Health serves. United Methodist Church groups throughout the state and region generously and continually volunteer to serve at Methodist Family Health, providing worship experiences like music, devotionals, vacation bible school and other spirituality services, and with this new reverent space for worship and spiritual learning, those we serve will continue to connect with the community and feed their spirits in a place where they feel love, peace and hope for their futures.

“Even with our attempts at keeping it structurally repaired, the original chapel has deteriorated to a point where our children are without a dedicated place to worship,” McCone said. “Currently, our faith-based services must be held in our gym or in individual cottages. For some of our children, these services are their first experience for worship and a relationship with God.”

millar center interior

Millar Center interior

In addition to the chapel, the center will provide space for:

  • Methodist Family Health’s best first impression to families and visitors.
  • Training for directors and staff; and
  • Meetings for community partners such as neighborhood associations and community education.

McCone said the Methodist Family Health Foundation is seeking contributions from the community to meet the challenge grant’s requirement so the new center can begin construction. To make a tax-deductible donation, donors can:

  • Text SLC to 501-881-2258.
  • Visit https://www.methodistfamily.org/donate.html and choose “MCH Renovation for chapel or other facility”.
  • Send a cash or check donation to Methodist Family Health Foundation, P.O. Box 56050, Little Rock, Arkansas 72215. Please note SLC on the memo line of your check.
  • Call 501-906-4201 to make a secure donation using your debit or credit card.
  • Contact Carolyn McCone, CFRE, executive director of the Methodist Family Health Foundation at CMcCone@MethodistFamily.org or 501-906-4202 about naming opportunities, questions about the Mike Millar Spiritual Life Center capital campaign, or to make a one-time gift; arrange a yearly, quarterly, monthly or weekly pledge over the course of three years; a gift of stock or funds from an IRA; or any way that works best for you.

ABOUT THE MABEE FOUNDATION

The Mabee Foundation was formed in 1948 by Missouri natives (and Oklahoma residents) John and Lottie Mabee. John, who did not complete high school, and Lottie were hard workers, innovative entrepreneurs, and shrewd investors. Starting with nothing, they built an impressive business and were gracious and generous as they shared their financial blessings with others through various forms of philanthropy. John and Lottie, who had no children, formed the Foundation in 1948 and ultimately both left the bulk of their estates to the Foundation.

Over time, the Foundation began to limit grants to ‘brick and mortar’ projects located in six states: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas. John and Lottie Mabee also desired others to give and crafted the foundation ‘challenge’ grants in such a way as to both require and inspire widespread public support. The forward-thinking policies and parameters of John and Lottie Mabee became the catalyst for the exponential raising of more funds from a broad pool of givers for Mabee Foundation grantees. As such, Mabee Foundation Challenge Grants have enabled many organizations to finish projects in a timely fashion and, in the process, to build their bases of support in such a way as to help insure the health of the organizations for the long-term.

The simplicity of the focus of the Mabee Foundation has allowed its grants to impact grantees in significant ways. Mabee Foundation-funded buildings dot the landscape of the six states in which the Foundation operates. Since its inception, the Mabee Foundation has grown to a value of over $1 billion and has made grants totaling over $1.2 billion. The generosity and commitment to wise philanthropy of John and Lottie Mabee continues to inspire others and to enrich the lives of many today, as it has for the last 60 years.

ABOUT METHODIST FAMILY HEALTH

Founded in 1899 as the Arkansas Methodist Orphanage, Methodist Family Health provides the best possible care to those who may need our help. A statewide continuum of care, Methodist Family Health each year serves thousands of Arkansas children and their families who are abused, abandoned, neglected and struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues. Methodist Family Health has locations throughout the state, including the Methodist Behavioral Hospital, two residential treatment centers, therapeutic group homes, a day treatment program, outpatient counseling clinics, school-based counseling clinics, a grief center for children and their families, and the Arkansas Center for Addictions Research, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES).

Stoking an Ember into a FlameFormer Addict Lights the Way for Others by Sharing Her Light of Hope

Stoking an Ember into a Flame
Former Addict Lights the Way for Others by Sharing Her Light of Hope

By Kelli Reep

Director of Communications, Methodist Family Health

No one would have ever guessed Elizabeth Grobmyer would be a drug addict. She came from a “good” family, made a lot of friends in school, her stepfather was an attorney and provided her with everything she wanted or needed. On the outside, she had it all. On the inside, she felt empty.

“I never thought of myself as anything other than ‘addict’,” she said. “After going through the Arkansas CARES program at Methodist Family Health, they helped me see myself as ‘mom’, ‘daughter’, ‘friend’ and ‘employee’.”

Arkansas Centers for Addictions, Resources, Education and Services (Arkansas CARES) is a program for women who are mothers and have a dual diagnosis of a mental health issue and substance abuse. Women can come to the intensive, 120-day, rehabilitation program after they go through a detoxification program. What makes it different (and successful) is they can keep their children with them.

“The first stressor in your life after rehab is your family,” Elizabeth explained. “I have two daughters, and when I was using, my youngest was crying. I asked what was going on, and my oldest told me she dropped her, but only a little bit, when she was trying to feed her a pop-tart. My toddler was trying to feed my baby, and I was completely out of it. I knew then I had to get help.”

When Elizabeth and her girls came to Arkansas CARES, they entered therapy – separately and together – so they could learn to work as a team. Elizabeth learned skills to help her mother her daughters appropriately, and the girls learned how to help Elizabeth by being team members. Today, Elizabeth is a program consultant with Arkansas CARES, showing women just like her that they, too, can overcome addiction and become successful for their families and themselves.

“My girls are so happy now,” Elizabeth said. “My youngest doesn’t really remember our time at Arkansas CARES. I tell the ladies in this program there is so much more out there for them than a life of drugs. They can keep their kids with them, they can become a strong family, and they can model what it is to overcome something that has such a hold on your life that you think you’ll never put it behind you. With Arkansas CARES, I did.”

To learn more about Elizabeth’s story, watch her YouTube video at Methodist Family Health’s YouTube channel. 

If you would like to donate to Methodist Family Health to continue programs and services like Methodist Behavioral Hospital, here are easy ways to give:

  • Text GIVE to 501-881-2258.
  • Donate online using our secure online donation form.
  • Visit https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/hub and search for Methodist Family Health Foundation.
  • Call 501-906-4201 to make a secure contribution with your debit or credit card.
  • Mail your cash or check donation to:
    Methodist Family Health Foundation
    P.O. Box 56050
    Little Rock, AR 72215-6050.
  • Make a contribution at church. Note MFH on your check or offering envelope and place in the offering plate.
Stoking an Ember into a FlameFormer Addict Lights the Way for Others by Sharing Her Light of Hope

Annie Lankford Shares the Light of Hope, Peace and Stability Found at Methodist Family Health

By Kelli Reep

Director of Communications, Methodist Family Health

You most likely know Annie Lankford. She is the associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock; in fact, she is a fourth-generation United Methodist pastor. Or, you could know her from West Little Rock Rotary Club where she has been a longtime member and noted as Rotarian of the Year in 2019. Regardless of how you know her, you recognize Annie as accomplished, kind and friendly with a wonderful family. What you may not know is the deep grief, fear and uncertainty she faced just last year. On September 30, 2019, her son attempted suicide.

“I faced one of the most shattering and life-altering experiences any parent has to face,” Annie said. “My handsome, sensitive, precious son, thankfully, did not complete his attempt, and I am so grateful that my family didn’t have to face any of it alone. We had another family – our Methodist family – and being an Arkansas United Methodist, I knew the Methodist Behavioral Hospital was where I wanted my son to go.”

Methodist Behavioral Hospital is part of the Methodist Family Health complete continuum of care for Arkansas children and their families struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues. Children as young as three and as old as 17 can be admitted for acute care if they are a danger to themselves or someone else. The hospital’s goal for acute care is to stabilize the child’s behavior and to connect him or her with community services for future success. 

“I thought about saying nothing about my son’s attempt, and I thought about what I would tell our congregation and our friends,” Annie said. “But by saying nothing or sweeping it under the rug, the stigma is perpetuated. So, this is my story, and my son’s story.”

Annie’s son completed his treatment at Methodist Behavioral Hospital then went on to extended treatment at an equine therapy program. As a result of his care, Annie has become an advocate for suicide prevention through the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention as well as for the services of Methodist Family Health.

“We are on the right path,” Annie said. “I want parents and their children and anyone in the shadow of suicide to understand that suicide and suicide attempts are not selfish. The stigma needs to stop, and every suicide survivor needs to know he and she is loved and wanted. My son is a child of God, I am a child of God, and we needed God’s angels on this earth. This is why I’m telling our story. We can be uncomfortable and sad and broken together.”

If you or someone you know at home, church, school or community is contemplating suicide, reach out to Methodist Family Health. We are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year at 866-813-3388. To learn more about Annie’s story, watch her YouTube video at Methodist Family Health’s YouTube channel.

If you would like to donate to Methodist Family Health to continue programs and services like Methodist Behavioral Hospital, here are easy ways to give:

  • Text GIVE to 501-881-2258.
  • Donate online using our secure online donation form.
  • Visit https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/hub and search for Methodist Family Health Foundation.
  • Call 501-906-4201 to make a secure contribution with your debit or credit card.
  • Mail your cash or check donation to:
    Methodist Family Health Foundation
    P.O. Box 56050
    Little Rock, AR 72215-6050.
  • Make a contribution at church. Note MFH on your check or offering envelope and place in the offering plate. 
Methodist Family Health Seeks Secret Santas

Methodist Family Health Seeks Secret Santas

mfh christmas

By Amy Shores

Director of Pastoral Care, Methodist Family Health

The holidays are upon us, and even in the midst of the restrictions that come with the pandemic, Methodist Family Health is still committed to our mission of providing the best possible care to those who need our help. For us this season of giving, this means making sure the kids and teens in our programs have gifts to open on Christmas morning.

We anticipate the need will be even greater this year, mostly because of financial hardships many families are facing right now. To make being Santa as smooth as possible, we have developed several ways to provide gifts for our clients this Christmas. New this year are digital wish lists and virtual gift-giving where you can select a client online, see what items they would like, purchase right then and ship directly to Methodist Family Health. This ensures you have a healthy, safe and convenient shopping experience during this ongoing pandemic. To see the wish lists and ways to shop online, visit MethodistFamily.org/MFHSecretSanta.html.

However, if you would prefer we do the shopping for you, you can donate to our Christmas Gift Fund at MethodistFamily.org/Donate. Any amount helps us provide a much-needed and wanted present to the abandoned, abused and neglected children in our care during Christmas. Or, if you prefer to shop for just the right gift yourself, we will gladly accept it at our facility in a safe manner by following all health and safety guidelines set out by the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Regardless of how you would like to give, we (and especially our children and families) profoundly appreciate your generous spirit.

If you would like to be a Secret Santa or have questions about this program, please contact Amy Shores, director of pastoral care, at Methodist Family Health, at ashores@methodistfamily.org or 501-733-7870.

Methodist Family Health Pursues Pen and Prayer Pals for Arkansas Children, Teenagers

Methodist Family Health Pursues Pen and Prayer Pals for Arkansas Children, Teenagers

Little Rock, AR (June 29, 2020) – After almost four months of social distancing and sheltering in place, the children, teenagers and families in our care at Methodist Family Health are in need of encouragement and human connection. If you or your kids are looking for a meaningful way to help others during this pandemic, you can make a connection with a child or teenager who is struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional or spiritual issues and become a pen and prayer pal.

Here’s how it works:

– Click on this link: https://forms.gle/jYSZYCG3n9Twp2hW7 then:

– Choose someone you would like to write. We have included in this Google form the initials, ages and genders of our participating clients to help you choose.

– Write the person a letter. Your letter can include things like encouragement, good news you have heard, a small story you thought was funny and would like to share, or a simple prayer filled with kindness. A little positivity can go a long way, and there are examples in the Google form if you are looking for inspiration.

– You can submit your letter using the Google form at this link – https://forms.gle/jYSZYCG3n9Twp2hW7 – or write a note and mail it to:

Prayer Pals
3505 Clearwell Road
Conway, AR 72034

Methodist Family Health is a statewide continuum of care serving Arkansas children and families struggling with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues. Our mission is to provide the best possible care to those who may need our help, and with the help of Arkansas’s children and families looking for a simple project to do during the summer, we will be able to fulfil this mission by providing our clients the support they need.

For more information, contact Amy Shores, director of pastoral care, at AShores@MethodistFamily.org.