Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries is commemorating its 125th anniversary with celebration events in Monticello where the organization began in 1894.

The agency will celebrate a history and legacy of care for children and families like no other. Join us to hear stories of the past with alumni and friends; get a close-up tour of our campuses; and enjoy fellowship with staff, alumni, donors and residents. You can also witness the opening of The Baptist Home for Children time capsule that buried on the Monticello campus 25 years ago.

Celebration events begin on Friday, June 7 at 6 p.m. with a banquet at First Baptist Church of Monticello. Guest speaker will be Dr. Sonny Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and a former Monticello pastor. Also speaking will be Ron Greenwich, a Baptist home alumnus who later served as a Southern Baptist missionary to Brazil for 30 years.

On Saturday, June 8, the bi-annual Alumni Day gathering will take place on the Monticello Baptist Home for Children campus. Activities include a “meet and greet” at 10 a.m., followed by lunch and opening of the time capsule. Alumni from as early as the 1950’s will return to the Monticello campus. Tours will follow.

For more information on the celebration events or 125th anniversary, contact Stella Prather, director of communications, 501-376-4791, ext. 5168, 501-529-5968, or email [email protected] To learn more about the 125-year-old agency, go to arkansasfamilies.org. The Baptist Home for Children is located at 222 W. Pope Ave., Monticello.

Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries
The 125-year-old agency is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, which has been caring for children and families in crisis since 1894. Last year, the agency impacted the lives of about 275 children, teens and single mothers that lived at eight locations. Connected Foster homes provided care for more than 100 children last year. Many of these residents come into care from situations of severe abuse, abandonment or neglect. In addition, more than 2,200 counseling sessions were provided to individuals, couples, ministers and families.

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