Then & Now: Heritage Series


Spero Family Services

September 6, 2017

Then The Orphan’s & Children’s Home of the Southern Illinois Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in the rolling hills of rural southern Illinois in 1913. In 1920, one of the main buildings was destroyed by fire. No children were harmed in the blaze and facility was rebuilt on land purchased by the…

Read More

Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services

July 5, 2017

Then In the late 1800s and early 1900s the Methodist Church in Louisiana became concerned with the large number of children who were without parents or homes. Their desire to provide food, clothing, shelter, and the love of Christ for these orphaned children led to the creation of the Louisiana Methodist Orphanage in 1902. In…

Read More

Wesbury United Methodist Community, Meadville, PA

June 1, 2017

Then The organization that eventually became Wesbury began in Conneautville, a town located in the far northwest corner of Pennsylvania. Hyatt M. Cribbs offered his home to the ministers and layman of the Erie Conference of the United Methodist Church to become a home for those in need. The original building was large enough to…

Read More