Children's Home In Paragould
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By Billy and Vera King
Homes, Inc. was established in 1955 by members of the 7th and
Mueller Church of Christ in Paragould.
To this day, the elders of the 7th & Mueller
congregation also serve as the board of directors for Children’s Homes.
Homes presently cares for about 75 children per month, 36 of whom are
cared for in on-campus residential housing.
There are nine cottages on campus, and plans call for
construction of a tenth cottage within the next two years.
(Each cottage houses six children, two cottages serve as
full-time “relief cottages.”
New houseparents were due to arrive in July, 2008, so probably between 12 & 16
more children will be added to that number in a few months.
Homes does not solicit or accept government funding for its operations.
The organization is solely supported by the generous
contributions of churches, individuals, and corporate donors. A child in the
care of Children’s Homes stays 18 months on average.
(This number may change soon, as more and more children are
staying until they turn 18.)
During their stay, they receive counseling and therapy as needed, and
they develop character through a variety of programs and services.
Children’s Homes operates two farms: the Emmett Smith Memorial
Farm and the William and Vacle Olive Rainbow Ranch.
On these farms, children learn to care for animals – which
include horses, cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and goats.
The children show these animals at the fair and some have won ribbons.
They also have the opportunity to grow vegetables.
The Bonnie Plant Company donates a variety of plants to be
raised, such as cabbage, onions, tomatoes, strawberries, and broccoli.
The children also benefit from Children’s Homes’ oversight of
Crowley’s Ridge Youth Camp where they learn through high- and low-ropes
certified leaders take the children on “wilderness therapy” trips to the
beautiful Buffalo River.
Brinkley is Executive Director of Children’s Homes, Inc.
Both homes have the package of Bible study, schooling, work and plenty
They don’t just sit around and watch TV.
It is a shame for a child to grow up not knowing how to
work. They have all these
programs and the love and attention they deserve. Last
Update Jan. 4, 2009