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the Children'sVoice Aug/Sept 2015 A Publication of The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth Rebel teen. American Soldier. Registered Nurse. Mother of two. Shafika
the Children'sVoice Aug/Sept 2015 A Publication of The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth Rebel teen. American Soldier. Registered Nurse. Mother of two. Shafika had a difficult time growing up. Her parents divorced when she was an infant. She lived with her mother and two sisters in abject poverty. Their home in Owsley County had no indoor plumbing. Shafika attended six different elementary and middle schools. In my 8th grade year, I would get off the school bus at my cousin's house to take a shower, then walk two miles home. Kids at school talked about how we lived in a house without running water. There was so much stress in the family that Shafika completely rebelled as a teenager. She started smoking both cigarettes and marijuana, and drinking alcohol. She was disrespectful and defiant to her mother. I would lock myself in my room Read more on page 3... Inside this editon: 2014 Church Giving Reports th SUNDAY August 31st Bequests: Those who generously included KyUMH in their Will The Annual Report... 9 the Children'sVoice President/CEO Rev. Randy Coy Public Relations Jeana Pillion The Children s Voice is published quarterly by The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth (incorporated as The Methodist Home of Kentucky), a ministry of the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church. We serve children and families throughout Kentucky. The Children s Voice is freely distributed to all interested persons. Contact the Versailles Campus for a FREE subscription or to change an address: or mail to: Versailles Campus P.O. Box 749 Versailles, KY (859) Mary Kendall Campus 201 Phillips Court Owensboro, KY (270) Accredited by: Our Belief We believe every individual is an individual of worth, entitled to God's gift of wholeness of life. The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth is accredited through the national Council on Accreditation (COA). We serve persons regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status, sex or religion. August/September 2015 From the President's Desk By Rev. Randy Coy, President & CEO This annual report edition of the Children s Voice comes as an offering of thanks for God s faithfulness to our ministry. The numbers that you find represented here show that in 2014 we served more youth in nearly every program that we operate over the previous year. Because we served more kids, and because we received a small boost in the per diem paid by the state of Kentucky, our program revenue increased about 8% over That along with the continued vital and generous support of our faithful donors made it a good year and we give God thanks for it. At the same time that our programs was growing, we were rather quietly working toward a compelling future vision of expanding how we reach more youth and their families, by taking our ministry into the communities where they live. We dream of intervening earlier in the lives of at risk youth and SCRAMBLE Children s Voice families before it becomes necessary to remove them from their homes because their personal safety has been threatened. Part of this future vision includes relocating our current Versailles Campus to a smaller property in Jessamine County. We own 35 acres there where we plan to build a new facility and make Nicholasville our new home. We will continue to serve youth in the Owensboro area with the talented and dedicated staff at our Mary Kendall Campus. In mid-april, 2015 we joined hands with Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects for the design process of our new facility. Words can t convey how excited we are about this relationship. The SCB team is gifted and is a joy with which to work. The master plan for the facility is complete. You can see the master plan by clicking on the Nicholasville location from our website. ( Most of the design detail for phase one is ready and we will soon have renderings to depict exterior elevations. Friday Sept 18 Tee Times: 8:00am or 1:30pm The Brook Golf Course in Versailles, Kentucky $75 per person. Register no later than Sept 5th and save $5. Sign up online at or by mailing your registration. Four-person scramble. Shotgun start. You may select your own teammates, or we will place you in a team. $550 HOLE $300 CART PATH SPONSOR SPONSOR Four golfers. Name listed in booklet, on Hole Sponsor sign, on Sponsor Board, & in newsletter (mailed to 24K). Projected costs for the entire project are about 15 million dollars. Phase one of the project, which would let us actually relocate from Versailles to Nicholasville, is about 9.5 million. We have currently raised 2.2 million. I share all of this as a way of saying, KyUMH has a wonderfully rich heritage of helping youth and families, but I believe that our best days are in our future. If you are interested in knowing how you might participate in the new vision, please don t hesitate to contact my office. If you are thinking about the possibility of a legacy gift, there are going to be a number of naming opportunities as we move forward. Above all else, please receive our genuine thanks for helping to make this ministry possible. It s been said so many times, but it s still true. We couldn t do this without your prayers and financial support. Sign along the cart path. Name listed in booklet, on Hole Sponsor sign, on Sponsor Board, & in newsletter (mailed to 24K). Questions? Call Ken Proctor (859) or A publication of Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth Rebel teen. American Soldier. Registered Nurse. Mother of two. Story continued from cover... Jeana Pillion PR & Communications and put a chair against my door. I felt like my circumstances were sucking the life out of me. My life seemed toxic. That s when truancy officers would arrive at their house. Shafika s mother filed beyond control each time she appeared in front of the judge. Shafika explained, As a child, I loved visiting my dad's house. My dad never raised his voice at me, never spanked me. He would just give me a look. Their house was different. It was structured and they had a time schedule. I knew he would disown me for my behavior... which I kept mostly a secret from him. Shakifa s father tried to help her. He offered to let her live at his house, but she rebelled again. That's when the judge put Shafika in state's custody and assigned Beverly as her social worker. Beverly was wonderful. She gave me options and let me realize I had choices. She took me to several group homes and let me pick where I wanted to live. At age 16, Beverly brought her to KyUMH. I remember one Wednesday at Chapel...I said the opposite of everything on purpose. Helen [staff] followed me to a porch swing and asked, 'Do you want to go home one day?' Truthfully Shafika never wanted to go home. Several times at KyUMH, Shafika was defiant and attempted to convince other kids to help her run away. One time I ran and ripped my pants on a fence and got chased by a bull, and it was freezing outside. One staff member finally got through her defiance when she said, You could apply yourself and become what you make up your mind, or the things you say and do will put you in jail. That was a turning point. Shafika buckled down and excelled in the program. She earned her GED in less than one year, despite having to make up multiple years from freshman status. After graduating at 18 years old, she started working at Thompson Hood Veterans Center as a nursing assistant. She thought If I don t do something with my life, I m gonna be stuck in the same situation. A few months later, Shafika joined the National Guard. My life literally changed 180 then. I got married and found out I was pregnant. I was happy. Shortly after her second child was born, Shafika got news that she would be deployed to Kuwait in It was terrible leaving my children. Her job with the National Guard was to reacclimate troops coming from the Iraq War to go home to America. She lived in a tent city on the border. I changed a whole lot. Being away from my children was the worst. I d rather be shot at and in the middle of a raid, than leave my children. I was actually jealous that I missed them growing older. She reflects on her life, and shakes her head, I would die if my children spoke to me the way I spoke to my mother when I was a teenager. I was out of control then. Today Shafika is a full-time nurse (RN ADN), loving mother, appreciative daughter, and faithful servant. Shafika served on the Kuwait border during the Iraq War. Shafika graduated from KyUMH program in April 1999 and received her GED that September. She swore into Army bootcamp in August She married in December of 2002, and had two children. Shakifa was deployed May 2005 to July She graduated nursing school at EKU in December of She put her life on hold in a dangerous situation to serve our country. She has transformed her life and become an incredible woman. 1 Methodist Home Representative Volunteer Registration Be the liaison between your church and KyUMH. Become the voice for our children to the congregation. Name Address City State Zip Phone Mail to Ken Proctor in the enclosed business reply envelope Bringing Hope... One Child at a Time Call Children s Voice August/September What Will Be Your Legacy? By Melinda R. Smith, Vice President of Advancement What will you leave behind when you are gone? Certainly each of us hopes that we are remembered fondly. We hope to leave this world a better place. We hope that a part of us lives on our legacy. Many wonderful people decided that a part of their legacy would be making a difference in the lives of the young people at The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth (KyUMH), both for today and in the future. The legacy of these kind people is that lives will be changed 4 Frank Edward & Mary Kathryn App Frank Edward App, M.D., 88, of Louisville, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2007 at his residence. He was a practicing physician for 35 years until his retirement in He then served as medical director for ZLB Plasma Services until his death. Dr. App was also a flight surgeon in the US Air Force during the Korean War, Jefferson County Medical Society, Louisville OB/GYN Society, and was an avid supporter of the University of Louisville and its athletics. Mary Kathryn App, of Louisville, passed away on June 10, She was born May 2, 1920 in Newton, MS, and was a 1942 graduate from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She was the former owner of Seaton House Galleries and Interiors in Jeffersontown for 20 years. Survivors include their daughter, Susan Schmied (John); son, Walter Edward App, M.D. (Donna); August/September 2015 for the better. As children's lives change for the better, the community will be better. They have chosen to leave a legacy of hope - a new life opportunity for abused, abandoned and neglected young people. In our 144 year history, there have been thousands who, along with their family members, remembered the young people of KyUMH in their wills, just as those remembered today. They had a desire to leave a legacy, one of compassion and life affirming renewal. Without these wonderful people, we would not be here today. Today, in addition to the traditional inclusion in a will, we have other ways to leave a legacy. Our Legacy grandchildren Melissa Weisenburger (Sean), Mark Andrew Potts, and Alexander and Steven App; and greatgrandchildren, Lauryn and Sean Patrick Weisenburger. Dr. and Mrs. App were members of Christ United Methodist Church of Louisville and faithful supporters of KyUMH. They chose to leave a generous legacy gift to benefit the young people we serve. They have left a legacy of hope and healing through this kind gift. Children s Voice Society is for those who have included us in their wills and/or chosen to invest in a charitable annuity or other planned giving option. By joining our Legacy Society, you become a member of a special group of people committed to sustaining this ministry well into the next generation. As a thank you for joining, we will give you a beautiful tapestry reserved only for Roxie McMillin Bailey Ammerman Roxie McMillin Bailey Ammerman, 101, passed away Thursday, July 4, She was born March 11, 1912, in Harrison County, KY to the late John and Mae Haley McMillin. She was a retired Farmer's National Bank teller. Mrs. Ammerman was a member of the Cynthiana Christian Church, Cynthiana Christian Church Choir, Cynthiana Garden Club and was a Kentucky Colonel. She was preceded in death by her first husband, James K. Bailey and a second husband, James Philip Ammerman. She is survived by her son, James R. (Ruth) Bailey; grandchildren, Daniel S. (Kristin) Bailey, Lynn Bailey (Dick) Eastley and great- Lota C. Caines, 91, of Flatwoods, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Trinity Station. Lota was born in Ironton, OH on July 28, 1922 to the late Henry Seagraves, Sr. and Narie Seagraves Apel. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John Paul Caines in She was a former employee of WCMI radio for more than 27 years and of Kentucky Electrical Supply Corporation. She was a member and past officer of Ashland Chapter #119, Order of the Eastern Star; a member and past officer of Ashland Shrine #7, the Order of the Lota C. Caines Legacy Society members. If you would like information on charitable annuities, including KyUMH in your will, or other planned giving options, please send your contact information in the enclosed business reply envelope using the response form [see pg. 5]. The following are biographies of those who chose to leave gifts of love through their wills in grandchildren, Brandon and Justin Bailey and Cason James Eastley. As part of her final plans, she included a generous gift to benefit the young people of KyUMH. Her legacy of love will live on in the lives of the young people she has helped. White Shrine of Jerusalem; member and past officer of Harmony Court #11, Order of the Amaranth and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post #76. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church, past secretary of the Wesleyan Sunday School Class, and a faithful supporter of our ministry. She left a generous bequest to help us serve our young people. Today, her kindness lives on in the lives of young people given a second chance for hope and happiness through our many programs. Legacy Gifts to the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth Martha Jane Martin Daugherty Martha Jane Martin Daugherty, 85, of Florence, died Saturday, April 26, She was an art teacher with the Boone County School System, member of Florence Elks, Eastern Star, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Mensa, Florence Women's Club, Florence Garden Club, League of Women Voters, Kentucky Art Education Association and Church Women United. She is preceded in death by her father, Edward Hillary Martin; mother, Anna Katherine Flege Martin; brother, Edward Charles Martin and daughterin-law, Denise Daugherty. She is survived by her children, Joseph Franklin Daugherty III, M.D. (Carol Bethel), Mary Katherine Daugherty (David Obradovich), James M. Daugherty and Sara Ferguson (Stuart); grandchildren, Ian Joseph Marion Hodges Jr., 63, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Lexington, Dec. 19, Born in Huntington, WV, he spent his childhood in Anderson, SC. He was a 1968 graduate of Millersburg Military Institute, a 1972 graduate of the School of Music at Union College, where he lettered in track. He was an elementary music teacher in the Fayette Co. School System where he taught vocal music at several locations prior to his retirement in His last assignment was at the Leestown Middle School. He also served as an organist for the Eastminister and Chapel Hill Presbyterian Churches. After his retirement he was active in the KEA Retired Teachers Association and B.L.T. class at the First Methodist Church in Lexington. He was a season ticket holder for the UK Ferguson, Molly Ashley (Terry), Anna Kirshner (John), Mary Daugherty and Joseph Franklin Daugherty IV; four great grandchildren. She was a member of Florence United Methodist Church where she supported the Fifth Sunday Offering to benefit KyUMH. Her generous bequest enables young people to find hope for the future. Joseph Marion Hodges, Jr. football program, volunteered as a pianist at Tanbark nursing facility and James Lane Allen School. He was preceded in death by his friend, Roger H. Smith (Geneseo, NY); parents, Joseph and Elna Hodges; and his aunt and uncle, Jane and Henry Hodges. He is survived by four first cousins, friends Dennis and Lea Hamilton (Lexington), Kenneth Moore (Frankfort), Larry Inkster (Barbourville), Irving and Marie Schoenacker (Nunda, NY), and Jean Smith (Genesco, NY). Mr. Hodges was a consistent Fifth Sunday Offering supporter of KyUMH and also remembered the young people in his will with a very generous gift. His leaves behind a legacy of hope and healing through his generosity. Sidney Brown Combs and Connie B. Combs Sidney B. Combs, a resident of Shelbyville, passed away Feb. 9, 1997, and was survived by her daughter, Connie B. Combs. She was born October 17, 1915 in Nelson County to the late Sam H. and Mattie Kidney Hays Brown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Combs. She was a clerk for the Wakefield- Scearce Gallery. Mrs. Combs established a life-estate trust to care for her daughter for her people who helped out - a life and named KyUMH as a nurse who helped with weekly beneficiary upon the death of bathing, persons who drove her her daughter, Connie. to church and who delivered Connie B. Combs lived for 17 groceries. Centenary UMC of years after the passing of her mother, dying July 28, 2014, Shelbyville staff visited with her in Shelbyville at age 69. Due and checked on her. to problems at birth, Connie Connie was kind, and had physical and intellectual unassuming. She thoughtfully challenges that required her to ordered and had delivered have a caretaker throughout birthday cakes to over 40 adulthood. As a result, mother and daughter were inseparable. different people each year. Sidney was an avid golfer Thanks to the forethought of at the country club and took Mrs. Combs and the counsel Connie with her whenever of Mr. Hays, Connie was cared she went. Both ladies were for until the end of her life. members of Centenary United That same thoughtfulness Methodist Church. also established KyUMH as a Once her mother passed, beneficiary of the life estate. Mr. Bill Hays, cousin, dear In memory of these two friend and attorney to Mrs. wonderful ladies, through their Combs, became Connie s generous bequest, young people legal caretaker. He also had have been given the opportunity the assistance of many kind for healing and wholeness. Please send me information on PLANNED GIVING OPTIONS Please send info on: Charitable Annuities Giving in my Will Donating to New Campus in Nicolasville (our capital campaign) Children s Voice Name Birthdate Address City State Zip Phone Mail to: Melinda R. Smith in the enclosed business reply envelope Legacy Gift Call August/September Ret. Col. Wayne T Frye, 83, of Manchester, OH, died Feb. 26, 2014 at the UK Medical Center in Lexington, KY. He was born in Trinity, KY on Nov. 6, 1930 to the late Clive & Jane (Tully) Frye. After graduating from Manchester High School in 1948, he joined the Marines where he was given the opportunity to attend the Navel Academy school. He went on to the Navel Academy in Annapolis. It was during that time he became a member of the Great Eight , the 1952 Olympic Gold Medal winning Men's Coed Eights Rowing team. After graduating in 1954, he joined the newly formed US Air Force. After serving at Niagara Falls and Andrews Air Force Base, he attended MIT where he earned his MS. Following Wayne Frye graduation, he taught at the US Air Force Academy and, in 1964, he attended the Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School and then became an instructor. He served in Vietna
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