Monday, March 13, 2017
Hope everyone has had a wonderful Monday. It sure was hard to get up this morning but we were good and did get up early enough to do our exercise. We will be having our daily devotions and breaks in James Hall on the Murphy Harpst Children’s Center (MHCC) campus. It’s convenient since we will also be remodeling the second floor of that building. The first floor has the infirmary and third floor is used to house visitors such as the students from Appalachian State that are here for their spring break alternative this week. The second floor was most recently used as dorm space for some of the male residents. With the completion of a new dorm, we will now remodel this space to be used by some of the administrative staff.
After our devotion, we first took a tour of the campus, so those who had never been here could get oriented and so those of us who had worked here before could see the changes. In the rec center, we loved the new art work on the ceiling tiles of the workout room and art room. Some previous students at Appalachian State worked with the kids on the tiles. We also had to go be the administration building to officially sign in on campus. It was a cold, messy morning for a walk around campus but it was good to see what they were doing with areas where we had previously worked. This is our third project at MHCC and this place has a special place in our hearts. The staff here does a wonderful work with these young people.
Back in James Hall the new CEO, Scott Merritt, joined us during our break to update us on MHCC. The facility was originally a Methodist orphanage and now is a residential treatment center for some of Georgia’s most viciously abused and neglected children, still associated with the Methodist Church. Over the past year, MHCC has had 50 vacancies (they are licensed for 75 children) and unfortunately they received over 1000 referrals for children needing those 50 beds. We will share more about this wonderful facility another day.
Back at work, we started the demolition process. We first moved a lot of beds and other furniture from the rooms then started taking cabinets off the walls. Demolition day is always fun but tiring. It’s quite physical. We did not complete the demo but did make a good start today. Can’t believe we still haven’t gotten the bikes on the Silver Comet Trail. Maybe soon.