A Letter from Rev. Kathy James
Grace and peace to you in this holy season and in this unprecedented time. As I hope you know, Epworth Children’s Home has responded to state and federal law changes regarding child welfare by expanding their ministry to include the recruitment, training and support of foster parents and kinship caregivers, and by setting up offices throughout the state to provide these and other services locally and in partnership with United Methodist churches.
The nearly 60 children currently on Epworth’s Millwood Campus are primarily middle schoolers and high schoolers. Younger children are now mandated by the state to be placed in foster care as close as possible to where they are from. To date, Epworth has placed 49 children in foster homes, has licensed 54 foster families and is currently shepherding 28 additional families through the foster care process. In the meantime, the need for foster families in our state is significant. There are currently 4700 children in foster care in South Carolina, and over 1900 foster families still needed.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Epworth was holding monthly Foster Care Interest sessions in Columbia and Summerville. With the social isolation directives, a live, virtual interest session has been scheduled for Thursday, April 30 at 3:00 pm. I am writing to you to ask for your assistance in getting the word out about this session by connecting with Epworth on social media and sharing their information broadly.
Below you will find detailed instructions about how to connect with Epworth on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and also how to share this connection with your networks on these platforms. You do not know who God might be calling to serve as foster parents, and you do not know how many of these people you may be connected to through social media. Our hope is that by intentionally connecting, inviting and sharing, the word will get to people who will want to attend this interest session. In addition to these instructions, our gifted staff has created a video that actually walks through these processes so that less technically-minded people can see how to spread the word on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can see that video here: https://youtu.be/GCWonbyEWsY.
I am asking you to follow the instructions below yourself and also to share these instructions with your Methodist networks by Friday, April 17 so that we can extend the social media reach of Epworth to the people God is calling to be foster parents. Will you allow God to use you in this way? Thank you in advance for your consideration. Also, now and in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me for more information regarding the work that Epworth is doing. I look forward, once the world starts up again, to meeting with you and your local church and your leadership groups about how you can partner with Epworth to make a difference in the lives of children in your area.
Kathy James, Director of Church Relations
Epworth Children’s Home, firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecting on Social Media
Connect with Epworth on Social Media! Did you know that Epworth Children’s Home is on all social media platforms? We love to share stories about what is going on, say thank you to our generous donors and volunteers, and keep everyone up-to-date on what’s happening on campus and across the state! Check out the directions below on how to ensure you are seeing our content & for ways to be an ambassador for Epworth!
Like us on Facebook by searching Epworth Children’s Home or follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/EpworthChildrensHome/
By liking us on Facebook it gives you the ability to see all of our posts and stay up-to-date with the latest announcements and good news! Want to make sure you never miss a post? You can turn on post notifications by clicking the “following” icon on the home page and click “on” under “post notifications”.
Want to help support Epworth with just two easy clicks? You can invite you friends and family to like Epworth on Facebook by clicking the ellipses on Epworth’s page, then clicking “invite friends”. You can choose “select all” and then “send invites” and Facebook will invite all of your friends on Facebook to like Epworth’s page. Imagine the impact just a few clicks could have for our residents and clients! When you see a post you like, please like it, share it, and even tag a friend in the comments who you think would enjoy it! We are truly thankful for every single interaction.
Follow us on Instagram @epworthchildrenshome or by clicking here: https://www.instagram.com/epworthchildrenshome/
Instagram is a great way to see awesome photos and helpful inforgraphics about Epworth! We also love to share things on our Instagram story like fun checklists or Mental Health tips from our counseling center! Make sure you never miss a post by turning on our post notifications! You can do this by clicking “following” on our page, then “notifications” and clicking on whatever you would like to be notified about: posts, stories, IGTV or Instagram Lives!
In addition to following us on Epworth you can share our posts to your Instagram story by clicking the share button and then clicking “share on your story”. If you see a post that a friend would love – you can click that share button, type in your friends Instagram name – and send it directly to them!
Be sure to like and comment on any post that you love. We love hearing from you and want to you know what you like to see!
Follow us on twitter at @EpworthCH or by clicking here: https://twitter.com/EpworthCH
On twitter, like any posts that you like and retweet anything that you want to share with your followers! On all social media, if you do something with or for Epworth, please tag us!! We love to like, share and retweet our supporters and it is so helpful when you tag us in those items. For any specific questions on how to be an Ambassador of Epworth through social media – please reach out to Teddi Garrick at email@example.com.