By Todd Cohen
RALEIGH — The Methodist Home for Children has received a big boost in its campaign to raise $6 million for its new Jordan Child and Family Enrichment Center, thanks to a $400,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation in Troy, Mich.
The Methodist Home already has raised $4.75 million in the campaign, which began in January 1999 and ends this December 31.
Getting the Kresge grant hinges on raising an additional $1.5 million by December 31.
Two organizations already have pledged big gifts in response to the challenge — $30,000 from Wachovia and $20,000 from Rex Healthcare. And the campaign has received a gift from the CBC/WRAL Community Fund at the Triangle Community Foundation.
The Methodist Home’s biggest gift ever is $1.25 million from former Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan and his family and business, Jordan Lumber Co. in Mount Gilead.
The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church deeded land valued at $500,000 back to the Methodist Home.
A campaign among employees of the Methodist Home raised $81,000. The employee campaign was headed by Tom Fleetwood, director of substance abuse services, and Darlene Johnson, a human resources assistant.
Bob Butler, former president of Butler Clinical Recruitment who was raised at the Methodist Home, is the campaign chairman.
Bob Jordan and his wife, Sarah, and Golden Corral founder James Maynard and his wife, Connie, are honorary campaign co-chairs.
Construction on the new center, to be located on former athletic fields of the old Methodist Orphanage off Glenwood Avenue, began in January and will be completed by the end of the year.
The Methodist Home, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, traditionally provided services to families in the wake of crises.
Now, the center aims to provide more prevention and intervention services – and the new center is designed to support that strategy.
The center will include a day-care center for about 160 youngsters and training and resources for day-care workers and parents that will be provided both at the center and through outreach programs.
“Our goal is the enhancement of quality,” says Bert Armstrong, the Methodist Home’s chief development officer.
For information, call 919-833-2834.