Arctic Ride 2017
THE MIRACLE RIDE TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
BENEFITTING OUR HOUSE — “MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN ONE CHILD’S LIFE.”
In 1856, The Bibb County Widows and Orphans Home was established “3 miles outside the city of Macon”. In the years after the Civil War, citizens in Middle Georgia suffered along with the rest of the region with lack of jobs, income, and food. Rev. Jessie Boring, a Civil War chaplain, worked across The Georgia Conference of The Methodist Episcopal Church, South to establish a place of refuge for needy children and youth. In 1872, Bibb County sold this Home to the South Georgia Conference of the Methodist Church for one dollar, and the organization began its journey from an orphanage to a residential treatment and foster care provider, that shelters while nourishing and enriching each child’s life to prepare them to transition into productive, healthy adult members of society. Over the last 141 years, the Home has evolved from a 92-acre working farm with a few small buildings to a beautiful residential campus that provides hope and happiness to at-risk children and youth.
Today the Methodist Home is a multi-faceted residential care home providing a continuum of specialized treatment programs that address the needs of abused, neglected and abandoned children. The Methodist Home’s mission seeks to respond to Christ and the Church as we restore lost childhoods, strengthen families and cultivate a people-building organization. Since 1872, the Methodist Home has exemplified this mission and provided a safe haven and impacted the lives of more than 12,000 children from across the State of Georgia through our operations in Macon, Americus, Valdosta, St. Marys, Columbus, and Waverly Hall. The Methodist Home exists as a faith-based organization to provide at-risk youth the security, education and hope necessary to break the cycle of abuse and neglect and grow into contributing and productive adult members of society.
The 2017 Ride to the Arctic Circle hopes to raise enough money to repair the crumbling foundation of Arabella. With cracks in the foundation the kitchen and other areas are literally separating. Rebuilding this foundation would also help this wonderful Christian organization continue their work for years to come focusing their time, energy and resources on the children who live there and the foundation of their future. However the Riders are making a multi-year commitment to Our House and hope to offer more much needed funds to help the children on both campuses for years to come.