125 Years of Methodist Children's Home

 

ABQ 125th

 

Spotlight on Albuquerque Family Outreach

Throughout 2015, Methodist Children’s Home is commemorating its 125th anniversary. MCH has been blessed in these 125 years to extend our services beyond the beautiful Waco campus and Boys Ranch to outreach offices located in Texas and New Mexico that provide services to families and children. Throughout the year, the individual Family Outreach offices will be featured to highlight the uniqueness they bring to the communities they serve.

Albuquerque
“Albuquerque is unique in that we have been able to focus entirely on prevention services,” shared Alicia Carter, director of the Albuquerque office. “Our biggest focus is Family Solutions. We provide Nurturing Parenting classes throughout the city and just started providing the Grandparents as Parents program (GAPP).

“One of the biggest joys for us as case managers is having the freedom and the flexibility to go the distance with families and develop strong partnerships with referral sources,” Carter said. “We also talk about the amazing, supportive and calming environment that exists in our office. This work is tough; we see tough situations and meet families in rough circumstances on a daily basis. It is important that the office is a place of felt safety where case managers can decompress, find support and be at ease. We are so grateful MCH understands how important this is and allows us to create this environment.”

Carter said being part of the larger MCH family carries tremendous benefits, including opportunities for training.

“The investment in the staff is amazing,” she said. “Each time a training opportunity presents itself, staff have the option of participating. MCH pours into its employees and the return is obvious – families are served in meaningful, evidence-based ways. Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) has been the greatest of the opportunities.”

The MCH Albuquerque Family Outreach was established in 1975.

“The stability and security that comes from a strong foundation of 125 years is priceless,” noted Carter. “In Albuquerque, service agencies are regularly losing their funding. This means families and children are not able to be served and staff lose their jobs. 

"For us, the comfort that comes along with working for MCH is monumental,” she said. “We feel blessed and honored to carry on the legacy of MCH and be part of such an amazing, life-changing and powerful story … the story of MCH. We could not be more thankful or more committed to the mission and purpose of this great agency.”

The Albuquerque Family Outreach office can reached by calling (505) 255-8740. The office is located at 6755 Academy Rd. NE, Suite A, Albuquerque, NM  87109.