Presbyterian Children's Home New Beginnings

The Presbyterian Home for Children, located in Talladega, Alabama, has provided services to children in need since 1868. Originally founded as an orphanage, today it provides a wider range of services for children and their families.

 

Secure Dwellings is an on-campus ministry for homeless children and their female caregivers. We help these women reach the next level — education, life skills, job training, employment — by providing transitional housing, transportation, and access to social services. The goal is to provide a safe haven for children who have been homeless to rest, grow, and play while their parent or guardian works on developing the educational, vocational, and social skills necessary to become self-sufficient.

 

Transition to Adult Living is a ministry focused on helping young women ages 19-24 successfully transition to adulthood. These ladies dream of rising above their past situations; lives without poverty, domestic violence, and neglect. Program participants are given group and individualized training concerning budgeting, financial aid, job interviews, and even safe boundaries within relationships. We meet each young woman where she is on her life journey and assist her in mapping out and reaching her goals.

 

Moderate Residential Care is provided for children who live on the 88-acre campus near downtown Talladega. Many are referred by the State of Alabama through the Department of Human Resources (DHR). Others are privately placed by families who recognize the need for outside help with a child’s behavioral or educational needs.

 

Hope Academy, the Home’s SACS-accredited on-campus school, meets the educational needs of both residents and private-pay students from the community who are attracted by the small class size and personalized attention of the school. As children come and go from campus, course credits are transferable to all schools and count toward graduation for older students.

 

The Presbyterian Home for Children is a registered 501(c ) 3 non-profit serving children and families regardless of race, color, creed, gender, national origin or disability. The ministry is governed by a Board of Trustees elected in part by North Alabama Presbytery, the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley and South Alabama Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

With this New Direction, the Home has some new needs including baby/toddler items and household items. Please see below for a list of Secure Dwelling and Transition to Adult Living needs.

 

If you would like to donate any item on this list, you can bring it to Jacksonville First Presbyterian Church during the month of September. We will be collecting items and plan to take them to the Home at the end of the month. No cash or check donations. If you would like to give money, please see the website (www.phfc.org) or call the Home directly. Drop off items between 10am-12pm, Monday-Thursday or call Mary at the church office at 256-435-6340.

Children's Home Needs

Welcome Baskets

When new children and women arrive at the Home, we try to make them feel “at home” by presenting them with belongings of their very own. Even if they only stay a few days or weeks, these items are theirs to take with them when they leave. For this reason, we keep a supply of “welcome baskets” available at all times.

 

Welcome Baskets are divided into (4) categories:

  1. Adult female caregivers and Transitional Adult Living (young women ages 19-24)
  2. School age boys and girls
  3. Toddler boys and girls
  4. Infant boys and girls

 

We greatly appreciate your help making these families feel loved and taken care of!

Female Caregivers/Transitional Living:

 

Laundry Basket (holds everything and gets used later)

 

Towel Set

  • Bath towel
  • Hand towel
  • Face cloth

 

Bedding (Full Size)

  • Comforter, quilt, or blanket
  • Flat sheet
  • Fitted sheet
  • Pillowcase
  • Pillow

 

Hygiene

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash

 

Other

  • Bible
  • Plastic clothing hangers

 

 

 

School Age Boys and Girls:

 

Laundry Basket (holds everything and gets used later)

 

Towel Set

  • Bath towel
  • Hand towel
  • Face cloth

 

Bedding (Twin Size)

  • Comforter, quilt, or blanket
  • Flat sheet
  • Fitted sheet
  • Pillowcase
  • Pillow

 

Hygiene

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash

 

Other

  • Bible
  • Stuffed animal

 

Toddler Boys and Girls (2-4 years):

 

Laundry Basket (holds everything and gets used later)

 

Towel Set

  • Bath towel
  • Hand towel
  • Face cloth

 

Bedding (Toddler Bed Size)

  • Comforter, quilt, or blanket
  • Flat sheet
  • Fitted sheet
  • Pillowcase
  • Pillow

 

Hygiene

  • Children's Toothbrush
  • Children's Toothpaste
  • No-Tears Shampoo
  • No-Tears Conditioner
  • Children's Body wash

 

Other

  • Picture Bible
  • Stuffed animal
  • Toddler juice cup
  • Pull-ups

 

 

Infant Boys and Girls:

 

Laundry Basket (holds everything and gets used later)

 

Towel Set

  • Baby bath towel
  • Baby bath cloth

 

Bedding (Crib Bed Size)

  • Baby blanket
  • Flat sheet
  • Fitted sheet
  • Crib pillow

 

Hygiene

  • No-Tears Shampoo
  • No-Tears Conditioner
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby powder

 

Other

  • Diaper bag
  • Bibs
  • Receiving blanket
  • Picture Bible
  • Teething toy(s)
  • Rattle(s)
  • Bottle(s)

 

Baby/Toddler Needs

Food/Drink

  • Baby bottles
  • High chair
  • Toddler Sippy Cup
  • Toddler utensils
  • Baby/Toddler bib

 

Bath Time

  • Baby soap
  • No Tears Shampoo
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby hooded bath towel(s)

 

Health

  • Toddler toothbrush
  • Toddler toothpaste
  • Baby wipes
  • Pull-ups Diapers of Various Sizes
  • Baby cloth diapers
  • Baby powder
  • Baby thermometer
  • Toddler potty/potty seat

 

Bed Time

  • Crib/Toddler bed mattress cover
  • Baby crib
  • Crib bedding
  • Toddler bed
  • Toddler bedding
  • Trundle bed

Convenience

  • Diaper bag
  • Baby Tub (for bathing)
  • Baby Mat/Play Mat
  • Changing Table & Pad
  • Diaper Genie

 

Mobility

  • Baby/Toddler stroller
  • Baby/Toddler car seat

 

Play

  • Teething rings
  • Rattles
  • Baby books
  • Toddler Books

 

Clothing

  • Any sleepwear, clothing, or socks
  • Receiving blanket

 

Safety

  • Baby proofing house kits (i.e. outlet covers, cabinet fasteners, etc.)
  • First Aid Items

 

Miscellaneous

  • Baby laundry detergent/dryer sheets
  • Toy Box with Safety Hinges

 

TRANSITION TO ADULT LIVING

Kitchen

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Dish soap
  • Dish cloths
  • Drying towels
  • Paper towels
  • 2 small rugs
  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Food storage containers
  • Food storage bags

 

 

Bathroom

  • Shower cleaner
  • Counter cleaner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Windex
  • Bathroom tissue
  • Plastic gloves

 

 

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