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Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes

Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes, Inc, a non-profit organization founded in 1891, is a ministry of the churches of the Tennessee Baptist Convention which provides residential care to children. The organization has six locations: campuses in Bartlett, Millington, Brentwood, and Chattanooga; as well as cottages located in Kingsport and Oakdale. Single parents and their children are cared for at our Houses of Healing and Hope in Brentwood.

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History

In 1891, a group of women from Nashville's First Baptist Church, led by Mrs. Georgia Eastman, founded the Tennessee Baptist Orphans' Home. The Tennessee Baptist Orphans' Home was first housed in the Delaware Hotel in West Nashville. In 1911, land was purchased from Major C.T. Cheek and the orphans' home was moved to its present location in Brentwood. For many years children were served at this one location. In 1950 a second campus was opened in Memphis, and in 1954 one followed in Chattanooga. By the 1950s most of the children in residence were from homes in crisis, not orphans, so board members decided in 1953 to rename the ministry to more accurately reflect its work—Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes.

Locations

When family crisis prevents a child from remaining in his/her home or with other family members, the Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes is there to accept children into its residential care program.

Through this program, eight children live together as an active, giving family unit in campus cottages with a married couple who serve as houseparents. Each cottage is a large, family-style home with a kitchen, family room, study area, an apartment in each cottage for the houseparents, and four bedrooms for up to eight children (two children per room).

The organization is located in six different cities across Tennessee:

  • Brentwood: The Brentwood campus is also the location of the administrative home office for the organization.
  • Chattanooga
  • Memphis
  • Millington: Millington hosts the "Double B" Boy's Ranch, an all-boys working ranch.
  • Oakdale: An all-girls cottage.
  • Funding

    The TBCH does not accept government funding. Instead, it relies on individual donors, churches, and Estate planning.

    References

    Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes Wikipedia


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