A generous and significant gift from a Phillips County organization has been given to the Methodist Family Health Foundation. St. Francis Ministries of Phillips County recently gifted the Ophelia Polk Moore Group Home and 2.5 acres of property near Lexa to the Foundation.
Since its construction by St. Francis Ministries and dedication on Dec. 4, 2005, the home has been operated as a residential therapeutic group home for girls, thanks to an operational lease agreement between St. Francis Ministries and Methodist Family Health. The ministry leased the property, located on Phillips Road 251 near Lexa, to Methodist Family Health for $1 per year. With the recent transaction, the home is now the property of Methodist Family Health. The home will be continue to be called the Ophelia Polk Moore home in memory of the daughter of Naomi H. Moore.
Designed to accommodate eight youth and live-in teaching parents, the spacious, pillared, red brick home was built for the express purpose of providing a place that would serve as a foster home for children and change the lives of disadvantaged youth in Phillips County.
“St. Francis Ministries has truly been our partner in making this a special place and a loving, caring home for the girls who have lived here,” said Ashley Coldiron, executive director of the Methodist Family Health Foundation. “The board members and supporters have volunteered, worked on the care and upkeep of the house and shown such great love for the girls.”
Methodist Family Health is “grateful that St. Francis Ministries has gifted this home and has the faith in us that we will continue Mrs. Moore's legacy,” Coldiron says.
About Methodist Family Health
Established in 1899 as the Methodist Orphanage and later known widely as the Methodist Children's Home, today's Methodist Family Health is a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive behavioral and mental health care services to children, adolescents and families throughout Arkansas. Methodist Family Health currently serves more than 1,400 clients daily through an acute psychiatric hospital, residential treatment centers, therapeutic group homes, emergency shelter, counseling clinics and more. The mission at Methodist Family Health is to give the best possible care to those who may need our help and to treat the whole person – behaviorally, emotionally and spiritually.
For more information, visit www.methodistfamily.org or call 501.661.0720. Methodist Family Health administrative offices are located at 1600 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock, AR 72205.