Murphy Harpst Winter Newsletter
Life and Hope For Children
Artwork provided by a child at Murphy-Harpst
To our dear friends,
Welcome to the first Murphy-Harpst newsletter! We’ve created this publication to keep you informed about what’s happening at Murphy-Harpst as we work to heal our children. We’ll use this newsletter to keep in touch, share news, and express our thanks to our supporters.
We are very appreciative of all of our supporters who contribute through donations, volunteering and prayers. You have helped us to help those who need it most desperately – the kids at Murphy-Harpst.
We also want to acknowledge donors such as Tempur-Pedic Mattresses, which donated more than $100,000 in mattresses for our children. We appreciate your donation and we know these young people appreciate a comfortable place to rest and sleep, some likely for the first time.
In addition, all of the hard work and donations provided for our new gym is making a huge difference. Construction recently started and we couldn’t be more excited to have the opportunity to provide the kids with a safe place to enjoy games, sports and positive physical recreation.
You are making a difference in our children’s lives and we couldn’t be more thankful. We look forward to keeping in touch.
One Child’s Story
Recently, a young man from New York stood in front of the Murphy-Harpst team and thanked them for not giving up on him as a child, as so many others had done. Twenty-two year old Luke* said he thinks of Murphy-Harpst as his family because they taught him that his emotional wounds would eventually heal.
As a young child, Luke was abandoned by his mother and abused by his step-parent. He was shuffled in and out of psychiatric hospitals until he was placed in foster care -- where he was discriminated against, abused and molested.
When Luke was 10, he was placed in Murphy-Harpst’s residential treatment program. His grandparents worked with Murphy-Harpst’s Foster Care Program, and he was allowed to live with them. However, his distrust of adults from years of abuse led to angry arguments and physical aggression. Luke returned to Murphy-Harpst, this time to a group home for teenagers. With the team’s guidance, Luke learned how to be an adult -- having a part-time job, managing a bank account and paying bills. At 18, he was emancipated and moved to New York.
Luke is currently writing a book about his tumultuous childhood and the positive impact of Murphy-Harpst on his life. He hopes the book will help to heal his wounds and would like the profits to be donated to the organization. He plans to attend a community college and wants to get a degree in psychology in order to help children who are suffering like he did. Although Luke still faces challenges due to years of severe abuse, he is able to lead a productive life thanks to Murphy-Harpst.
*Name has been changed
What you might not know about Murphy-Harpst
If you’re one of the 50,000 faithful listeners of Allen Hunt’s Sunday evening show on WSB radio (95.5 FM and AM750), you may have heard Murphy-Harpst mentioned a time or two. But did you know that Hunt has been a generous supporter of the organization more than 20 years?
In the late 1980s, Hunt was a Methodist pastor in the Carrollton and Rome areas. With Murphy-Harpst nearby, he met several staff members and the stories they shared about children at the facility left a deep impression on him.
“It struck me that this was really important work, and I needed to help,” Hunt said.
And help he did.
Over the years, Hunt has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Murphy-Harpst through giving initiatives at his former congregations and other events. He donates time for ads on his radio show to raise awareness of the organization and is also involved in the second annual Rescue Riders motorcycle rally which will take place in April. Last year, around 100 motorcycle riders journeyed to Murphy-Harpst to spend the day and interact with the children.
Hunt whole-heartedly believes in supporting Murphy-Harpst.
“It’s really important work that they do and no one else in the state does it,” he said. “People might think these kids don’t matter, but they do.”