Our Local Church Representatives, who represent FUMCH in over 700 churches throughout Florida, received the United Methodist Association’s 2010 “Local Congregation Partner of the Year” Award at the UMA’s Annual Meeting in March 2011. FUMCH is the only Children’s Home in the nation with a network of volunteers like the Local Church Representatives, and we are honored and humbled by their continuous and devoted work on our behalf.
Dr. Montfort Duncan, former Chair of the Children's Home Board of Trustees, was awarded 2009 Trustee of the Year from the United Methodist Association. Mont has been an active member of the Board since 1995 and has spearheaded the development and adoption of the Home's 2008 Strategic Plan, which will shape the direction of the home for years to come. During his tenure on the Board, Mont has given leadership to new program initiatives such as our Foster Care and Adoption Program. Mont has helped to oversee major campus expansion efforts and has played an integral part in accreditation processes. Mont will be rotating off the Board in June 2010; Trustees, staff and children at the Home and beyond have genuinely been blessed by loving guidance and steadfast direction from this "good and faithful servant!"
The EAGLE Accrediation Commission of the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries presented its 2009 Best Practices Award to the Florida United Methodist Children's Home for our plan to provide optimal wholeness for children. Each child is treated as an individual through a seamless integration of services in an excellent post-discharge and follow-up regime.
Ruth Moore, Administrative Services Coordinator at the Children's Home, was awarded the Florida Calition for Children's 2009 Award for Support Staff of the Year. Ruth has been with the Home since 1984 when she and her husband, Mike, were Houseparents. Ruth served as Co-Chair for the FCC Program Committee in 2009 and as Conference Chair in 2010.
Bob and Ann King, volunteers at the Home since 1997, were awarded Volunteer of the Year from the United Methodist Association for 2009. The Kings are affectionately known as "the Dynamic Duo" by staff at the Home and they're contributed an estimated 5,900 hours of volunteer service over the last 12 years! For many years, the Kings have spearheaded the Christmas gift program, which involves collection, categorization and distribution of thousands of toys, clothing and hygiene items to the children and youth in care in both the residential and foster care programs. Ann has also been instrumental in compiling, organizing and maintaining thousands of historical documents in the Home's Archives Room. We are so thankful to have Bob and Ann as part of our volunteer family!