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120 Years and Beyond: A Message From UMFS President and CEO Greg Peters

  Greg Peters is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and President and CEO of UMFS. He’s been with the agency since 1980. As we begin 2020, UMFS celebrates 120 years of service to children, teens and families.

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Unwavering Champion of the Month Danielle Pitchford

At UMFS, we are unwavering champions for children, teens and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential. Each month, we name an employee as Unwavering Champion of the Month for going above and beyond in upholding our agency’s mission and values. We’re delighted to announce Danielle Pitchford as our Unwavering Champion […]

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Child & Family Healing Center (Part III): Curious Not Furious

People do well if they can. A fairly simple statement, to be sure, and one that’s recognized as a guiding principal across UMFS. And to help people do well, you must understand where they’re coming from.

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UMFS Child & Family Healing Center (Part II): Helping Youth Heal

Cottage Manager Tavis Foushee and Senior Manager of Residential Life Dana Ray have witnessed quite a lot in their combined 33 years at UMFS Child & Family Healing Center (CFHC): an adolescent with trauma so severe they’d lie on the ground gagging for hours;

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UMFS Child & Family Healing Center (Part I): “I’m So Proud of You”

In a tender moment of palpable relief — a moment she’d been so obviously anticipating — a little sister clutched her big brother in such a way that everyone in the UMFS Dining Hall was thrust into silence.

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UMFS Unwavering Champion Bekah Closs

At UMFS, we are unwavering champions for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential. Each month, we name an employee as Unwavering Champion of the Month for going above and beyond in upholding our agency’s mission and values.

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The Jones Family: Caring for Kids and Kin

When Sherrika Jones learned in 2015 that she had a young cousin in foster care, she and her husband immediately contacted social services and expressed their desire to adopt.

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UMFS Unwavering Champion Oasia Banks

At UMFS, we are unwavering champions for high-risk children and families, collaborating with communities to help them reach their full potential. Each month, we name an employee as Unwavering Champion of the Month for going above and beyond in upholding our agency’s mission and values.

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Luan Laying the Groundwork for His Future

Ask Luan about landscaping, and he’ll tell you he digs it. It hasn’t always been that way, though. “I didn’t think it was any fun,” Luan said of his first few days as an apprentice.

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UMFS Auxiliary: 90 Years of Service

Helen Wood has fond memories of United Methodist Family Services. When she was 4 years old, her mother was a member of the UMFS Women’s Auxiliary. While her mother volunteered, Helen kept busy with a coloring book and an eight-pack of crayons.

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