Since 1893, Monroe Harding has continually adapted to meet the needs of children who are in, or transitioning out of state custody, caring for more than 16,000 children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. Today, we are a healing community for youth and families as they move beyond trauma to experience hope. We are meeting this mission through four key programs serving young people who are currently in or are transitioning from the foster care system: Foster Care, Residential Programs, Education & Workforce Development, and Therapy & Healing.
We’ve got a big birthday to celebrate this year. 125! In 1893, Fannie Harding opened her home to orphaned children as a memorial to her husband, Dr. Monroe Harding. Over the years, the needs of the most vulnerable children and youth in our community have grown bigger than one building could hold. Today, through our foster families and our Independent Living apartments we provide safe, loving and supportive homes. Our Youth Connections Resource Center is “homebase” for young people aging out of care, a place where they can find encouragement through academic support and learn the life skills that young adults need to succeed.
A lot has changed, but Fannie’s legacy is alive and strong. Celebrate with us all year long! #MonroeHarding125
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In Their Own Words
If it wasn’t for Monroe Harding, I would have been on the streets having no mind of my own.
Every child needs a faithful fan, especially in a losing season.
What you give is important! What you get in return is satisfaction for a lifetime!
Monroe Harding acted like a parent to me. They taught me how to be socially & morally responsible.
Three-year-old Abigail recently moved into the home of one our foster families. Our wonderful foster parents, Jason and Liz, knew that Abigail was confused, shy and unsure, but were heartened to see how much she enjoyed being with their little girls, all around Abigail’s age.
We celebrate the Gordon family, who became richer in love three times over today. Natalie, Deacon and David (in the front row of the picture by their sister Sadie) were adopted today. The joy in their hearts was evident and it was wonderful to watch the brothers and sisters play together, laugh together and support each other.
Marla and George McKnight welcomed a brother and a sister into their hearts three years ago and today the judge made it official. Kaydee, is 3 years old, beautiful and full of spunk. Her older brother asked if he could change his first name, so we’re proud to congratulate eight-year-old A.J. on his very special day.
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