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Deborah Keller

Founded in 1896, Epworth Children's Home is a residential care and counseling center for youth aged 4 to 18 who are in need of a safe and stable environment. Children can be referred or placed in the home by family members.

President and CEO of Epworth Children's Home, Reverend John E. Holler, Jr. has served as the Executive Director of Carolina Pastoral and Family Counseling Service and Minister of Counseling for Trenholm Road United Methodist Church. He is a professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Epworth Children's Home is licensed by the SC Department of Social Services and accredited by the United Methodist Association of Health & Welfare Ministries.

The youth who live in Epworth Children's Home reside in cottages on campus that resemble a family-like atmosphere. Each cottage houses up to ten children separated by age group and staffed by several caregivers. The Social Services Center on site provides individual and family counseling for residents. Psychological testing and substance abuse education are available to the youth as well. Therapeutic techniques used include play therapy, trauma therapy, and group therapy. The program also offers parenting education and support groups. Residents attend the Barnes Learning Center for after-school tutoring after attending local schools.

Epworth Children's Home provides the opportunity for recreational activities such as organized team sports, after-school clubs, extra-curricular trips, etiquette classes, guest speakers, and other activities like bowling. The campus also includes a full health center with medical staff on site.

[This information came from the Epworth Children's Home website.]


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