La. Methodist Children’s Home Established in 1886

The Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home has its roots in a home for orphans in New Orleans that was established in 1886. They have been helping children ever since but the role of the home has changed, Winnfield Rotarians learned from development officer Howard Hines when he spoke here March 22.

Operations of that first Mercy Memorial Home in New Orleans were passed over to the Methodist Protestant Church in 1939.Meanwhile in north Louisiana, Methodists with a heart for orphans had opened a home in a small frame building in Bunkie in 1902.

When the site was moved to Ruston in 1904, the home on40 acres was still an orphan-age and changes have been made through the years. Then in 2009-10, the focus changed radically when the state asked them to become a residential psychiatric treatment center for children ages 11-17.These are all children who have been removed from their home environments for various abuse situations—physical, sexual, emotional.


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