LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (April 24, 2017) – The United Methodist Foundation 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. 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,” said UMFA President and CEO Jim Argue, Jr.
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, CFRE, Executive Director, Methodist Family Health Foundation.
Camp is also a great location for practicing the life skills they are learning 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. The UMFA is one of the largest United Methodist Foundations in the country. Founded in 1963, the UMFA is responsible for over 750 funds that support United Methodist ministries.