The campus population is currently low due to a number of reasons: sibling groups being discharged together; DSS asking for placement for level 3 and 4 children that B&G homes does not have license; finalized adoptions to “forever” homes; Civitan cottage currently closed, due to staff turnover; graduation; going to higher education; and aging out of the DSS system.
The Country Store recently received 30 bicycles from UNCW and quickly sold all of those. They continue to receive donations from Wal-Mart and many civic club members. Transitional living now has 13 residents being taught skills for independent living. World of Work is teaching the students life and work skills. A number of students have off campus jobs. Three have recently been hired by Victaulic of Leland, N.C. Four young people are being trained to be Culinary Certified. These students have served meals for some campus events. This year, they are expanding the curriculum, teaching advanced skills.
Chapel program is providing on going spiritual needs as they receive an increase in prayer requests. Nine adoptions were finalized in Oct- Dec; 11 more are currently in the works. Thomas Academy: Math and Biology scores are improving, a full time art teacher has been hired allowing students an opportunity to express their feelings through their art; two students will graduate from Southeastern Community College before they graduate from high school, several students have been offered scholarships at Southeastern in the Master Tronics program. Since most of the pecan trees were damaged by the hurricanes, they have received a grant from the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture for help with the trees. The grant was for $24,853.00.
Community Based Services: Foster Care is doing well and therapeutic Foster Care is getting lots of referrals. There are 2 teen moms and 2 babies in the Lake House receiving training according to their needs, such as independent living skills, fire safety, employment skills, how to conduct an interview, how to plan and shop and prepare a healthy menu. Each mother in The Lake House receives a Life Book in which to record memories of their child.