B&GH an answer to prayer for Pembroke man

July 29, 2019

Pete Albert Locklear

“I want my life to shine to show how God used me to do good work.”

This statement summarizes the servant’s heart that fills Pembroke’s Pete Albert Locklear’s life. After serving for more than 20 years in church youth ministry, Locklear was looking for a way to continue to serve.

“Boys and Girls Homes was an answer to a prayer,” Locklear said. “I had gotten hurt on a military jump where I broke my back. After surgery, I didn’t know how I would function, so I started grooming my replacement for the position in the church. I started praying to God to provide me with an opportunity to stay involved with youth. Within a few weeks, I got a call from (former B&GH Director of Civic Club Relations) Gary Greene. He asked me to meet with President Gary Faircloth.”

The three men met and talked about an opportunity for Locklear to serve on the Board of Trustees for the nonprofit that provides services for children removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction.

“It was clear from the first conversation that Pete Albert would be a great addition to our Board,” said Faircloth. “His focus has always been on what is best for the children and doing whatever is necessary to have a positive impact on the lives of children.”

For Locklear, the offer was not something he had ever even thought about.

“I never imagined I would be a part of the leadership for an organization that makes such an impact on the lives of children,” Locklear said.

B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time.

“Everything about the place keeps me coming back,” Locklear said. “My heart has found a home. My work with the Homes is what I should be doing and is where God wanted me to land. It’s perfect. The only regret I have is that I can’t do more. It is an opportunity for me to watch the children flourish in an environment of safety and support.”

Locklear’s frequent visits to the Lake Waccamaw campus provide him with opportunities to get to know the children benefitting from the services provided.

“I love meeting and interacting with the different kids and finding out that Boys and Girls Homes has given them an environment that allowed them to come so far,” said Locklear. “I never ask their story, but on occasion they share and I realize the obstacles they’ve overcome to get the education and social skills to provide for themselves as a plus for society.”

Currently serving as the chair of the Civic Club Committee and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee, Locklear will begin his term as Chairman of the Board in July 2022.

“I am humbled that God saw fit to answer my prayers and allow me to be a part of B&GH,” he said. “I could have volunteered and done a small part, but the service on the Board of Trustees continues to humble me. I don’t consider myself at a high level. I was only hoping to be invited back for a second term and now I will be the Chairman of the Board in a couple years. It is truly a blessing to be in this position of service.”

He is truly excited about the growth opportunities for the organization.

“It seems like initiatives like C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope and Carolyn’s Kaleidoscope Child Advocacy Center are extending the referral parameters to be an even greater service to the community,” said Locklear, referring to two new community based initiatives to serve children victims of crimes funded through grants from the Governor’s Crime Commission. “I truly believe that whatever Gary Faircloth and the staff see on the horizon is the direction we need to go because God uses them to move the organization in the right direction.”

To learn more about Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, call 910-646-3083 or visit the website www.boysandgirlshomes.org.

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.