Tahlequah, Okla. — The Methodist Children’s Home in Tahlequah originated in 1917 as the Methodist Orphanage in Britton, now part of Oklahoma City. When the early orphanage was condemned by the fire marshal in 1942, 157 children were loaded onto buses and moved to the current site in Tahlequah.
Countless children have been nurtured, protected and served by the Methodist Children’s Home over the past 100 years. Although no longer an orphanage, the “Home” continues to serve Oklahoma’s children through campus-based foster care and Preparation for Adult Living for youth ages 16-24.
Each Campus Christian Home is a cottage with foster parents who live there full-time and have been certified by the Department of Human Services. Other building space on the campus is utilized for the youth participating in the Preparation for Adult Living program. These older youth learn skills necessary for a successful transition from supportive care to independence as adults, including completion of post-secondary education.
Circle of Care is opening the gates of the Children’s Home to the public on Saturday, July 15, for a community Centennial Celebration and Reunion.
“This Centennial Celebration is our opportunity to thank the community of Tahlequah, and so many Oklahomans across the state, for faithfully supporting the mission all these years”, stated Don Batson, CEO and President at Circle of Care. “We want to honor those who came before us, and celebrate the difference still being made on these grounds in the lives of children today.”
Circle of Care invites the public to the Children’s Home campus at 549 Mathes Park Drive, Tahlequah, OK, 74464, on Saturday, July 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a free lunch (noon), building tours, alumni reunion, and memorabilia from the past century. Children will enjoy miniature horses, games and space to run.
RSVP or get more information at circleofcare.org.
Circle of Care’s mission is to provide Christian help, healing, and hope to children and families in crisis to ensure a safe, healthy, and spiritual future