Since 1917, Methodist Children’s Home Society has been helping some of Michigan’s most vulnerable children find safety, hope, love and comfort. Through our residential program; educational & clinical services; and transitional living, foster care, and adoption programs, we provide for and advocate on behalf of victims of child abuse & neglect. Together we work to build a community where every child has a safer and brighter future.
At MCHS we serve approximately 200 of the 12,093 children in foster care in Michigan every year through our residential, ILP, adoption, and foster care programs. Last year, 90 of these children were served right on our beautiful, 80-acre campus through our residential program. Many children at MCHS exhibit behaviors that are symptomatic of their trauma: nearly 90% of those 90 children we served survived ongoing, persistent neglect.
We are looking to transform our campus into a sensory friendly environment for our residential children who have been victimized by abuse and neglect. Research shows that early sensory experience helps shape neural connections and emotional regulation in developing children, and that children that have experienced pervasive trauma have unique neurological needs that require an innovative approach to treatment. Our Sensory Friendly Campus Initiative will integrate new sensory friendly elements into each cottage and into the therapy space on campus. In the cottages, dim lighting controls, nature sound machines, weighted blankets, and textured walls will provide the boys with a home setting that embraces and aids in their healing process. In the therapy space, hammock swings, indoor rock walls, pay tunnels, and pressurized wraps will provide radically integrative therapy options to these underserved children.
A donation of $25 purchases one sound machine for a cottage on our campus.
A donation of $100 purchases one weighted blanket for a child.
A donation of $250 purchases a therapy swing for our therapeutic building.
A donation of $500 helps purchase a LED fiber optic shower and other methods to display calming, interactive art in our cottages.
A donation of $1000 helps fund a rock climbing wall in our therapeutic building.
Help us build a stronger therapeutic environment to help our kids, some of Michigan's most vulnerable populations of kids, by donating today!