Maggie House – Charleston, Arkansas
Maggie House – Charleston, Arkansas
“To meet the needs of children and families by seeking to unify and preserve the family in order to share Christ and instill Christian values.”
At Family Ministries’ Maggie House, we strive to create a Christian family atmosphere. In addition, we will teach the Word of God as the rule of life. Every child is given the opportunity to accept Christ as their personal Savior. Given the circumstances of many of these children, it is of upmost importance that we share the love of Christ with them. We find that most of them have never been taken to church, owned their own Bible, or had the opportunity to learn about Christ. We desire your prayers and appreciate your support as we strive to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those we serve.
Maggie House will provide long term residential care within four separate cottages designed to serve an average of eight children each in a safe and secure environment. Most of the children that will be served through Maggie House have been the victims of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. Behavioral and emotional wounds are usually the results of these tragic circumstances. Support for children will come from trained house parents, case managers, counselors, therapists, support staff, physicians, dieticians, dental hygienists, the school system and the community.
The goal at Family Ministries’ Maggie House is to support the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to reunite the child with a family member(s) if it is in the best interest of the child. But our responsibility to the child won’t end there. Our staff will also be available for that child and his or her family for up to 90 days after the child is discharged from Maggie House. Parent education, advocacy, referral, and liaison services are examples of assistance provided to the family after the child and family are reunited. For more information about the Maggie House, contact us at 479-965-0581.
In March of 2014, Fred Schaffer, during a casual conversation with Pastor Jeff Holland, offered to give the former Greenhurst Nursing Center (15,000 square feet) to the Free Will Baptist Church. Pastor Jeff accepted the offer and immediately contacted Family Ministries to ask them to consider taking the building and turning it into a Children’s Home. Upon reviewing the proposal, Family Ministries began making plans to renovate the structure and turn it into a children’s home.
The Maggie House was named in honor of Maggie Schaffer, Fred Schaffer’s mother and the original owner of the Greenhurst Nursing Home. Maggie was greatly respected for how much she cared about others and her commitment to service.
Since 1939, Family Ministries has been caring for at-risk children in Greeneville, TN. Family Ministries broadened its ministry into Arkansas in 2003 with the addition of Florence Crittenton Children’s Home, and most recently, with the future addition of the Maggie House in Charleston.
1005 Second Street
Charleston,AR 72933 Phone: 479-965-0581
Fax: 479-965-0480 email@example.com
Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of the Maggie House!
December 1, 2015 marked a historical day for Family Ministries, with it’s ribbon cutting and dedication of Maggie House, a beautiful 33 bed Residential Home For Children in Charleston, Arkansas. It was a beautiful sunny day with over 600 people in attendance. The governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, was guest speaker for this special event, along with Cecile Blucker, director of the Arkansas Department of Children and Family Services. Rev. Tim York, the chairman of the Board of Trustees and Frank Woods, CEO/President of Free Will Baptist Family Ministries also spoke. Maggie House began receiving children on December 10, 2015. Woods stated, “We are so thankful for what God has done through the people in the State of Arkansas as well as many other States in the support of this much needed facility. Through all their efforts a total of $470,000 has already been raised for the Maggie House project. The total cost of remodeling the facility was just slightly under $1 million with the balance after donations being financed for Free Will Baptist Family Ministries by Simmons Bank in Charleston, Arkansas.”
The creation of Maggie House, a former nursing home next to First Free Will Baptist Church in Charleston, was a collective effort of hundreds in the region. Many of them came together for the dedication and ribbon cutting with the Charleston Chamber of Commerce. In March 2014, Mr. Fred Shaffer offered to give the former Greenhurst Nursing Center to Free Will Baptist Family Ministries. Family Ministries has cared for at-risk children since 1939 on their main campus in Greeneville, Tennessee and have operated the Florence Crittenton Home in Little Rock, Arkansas since 2004. The Maggie House was named in honor of Maggie Schaffer, Fred Shaffer’s mother and the original owner of Greenhurst Nursing Home. Governor Hutchinson also said the government alone cannot meet the demand for foster care homes in Arkansas and commended Free Will Baptist Family Ministries and others faith-based groups for their work. Hutchinson said after his Restore Hope Summitt in August (which attracted more than 500 church and non profit leaders) the state has increased its number of foster homes by 109 and increased the number of available beds for children by 232.