Roy & Carolyn Register Community Based Services Administrative Offices dedicated at B&GH

December 13, 2018 

The Register family at the office dedication

Lake Waccamaw, NC – The sun shone brightly over the crowd gathered for the dedication of the Roy and Carolyn Register Community Based Services Administrative Offices at Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina held Tuesday, Nov. 27 on the nonprofit’s Lake Waccamaw campus.

“Thank you so much for coming out for such a special event,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “It’s awesome to see all of you out here today to recognize some people who have been so special in the lives of the children of Boys and Girls Homes.”

Roy Register of Pinehurst and his late wife Carolyn, provided their time, talent, and treasures to B&GH in many ways over the years. Carolyn was a leader in the Extension and Community Association in North Carolina and worked to connect that organization with B&GH. She later served on the board of trustees at B&GH and continued as an emeritus member until she passed away on March 4 at the age of 84 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Roy and Carolyn’s leadership has meant a great deal to this organization,” said Gary Greene, senior development director at B&GH. “They put together a golf tournament in memory of his son Courtney and that golf tournament over the years has raised more than $400,000. Beyond that, it has created relationships with so many other people who want to help the children we serve here at Boys and Girls Homes.”

Roy and other members of the Register family were in attendance for the event along with longtime friend Dewey Alley.

“Carolyn went a step further and created the Sandhills Benefit Luncheon in Pinehurst,” Greene continued. “The idea was that the guys would play golf and the ladies would go have a luncheon, but the luncheon became a fundraiser in its own right and has now raised more than $200,000. That’s the impact that they have had.”

The ceremony also included a ribbon cutting supported by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

“The Chamber is really thrilled to be a part of this,” said Chamber President Jennifer Holcomb. “The Boys and Girls Homes is a wonderful asset for all of us and we’re just thankful for everything that they do and everything the Registers have done to make this possible.”

Based in Lake Waccamaw, B&GH has served more than 7,500 children from across the state. B&GH provides a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. As many as 260 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential and community-based services provided by B&GH at any given time.

The naming of the Community Based Services Offices to honor the Registers is reflective of the expansion to that program thanks to the support from the family.

“When Miss Carolyn was on the Board, we were foster care and adoption, but since then we have added so many new programs that we are now called Community Based Services,” said Donna Yalch, vice president of Community Based Services at B&GH. “Our programs include family foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, confidential intermediary services, the Lake House and C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope.”

Since 1999, family foster care at B&GH has served 1,385 children. After learning of a need from the foster families, adoption services were added in 2004. Since that time, more than 300 children have found their forever family through B&GH. Confidential intermediary services came to B&GH in 2009 to help children who were put up for adoption or their families who put the children up for adoption to reconnect. The LAKE House program to serve teen moms and their babies was created in 2012 and has served more than 45 young mothers.

“One thing about working at Boys and Girls Homes that really is an honor is that we are always adapting to meet the needs of children in North Carolina so that we can better serve families and children,” Yalch said. “And that is just an honor to all of us who work here that we get to be a part of.”

One of the latest adaptions is the C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope program that began serving the community Nov. 1.

“C.R.E.A.T.E. Hope stands for Collaboration, Resiliency, Education, Advocacy, Treatment and Empowerment,”  said Chanté Clark, program director. “That’s what we hope to bring to the children of Columbus County and surrounding counties by serving children who have been victims of crimes and their non-offending caregivers. Because of the support and generosity of the Registers we will be able to assist children in their time of need.”

An additional program scheduled to come online in the coming months is also possible thanks in large part to the support of the Register family.

“If you’ll look at the detail on that sign you’ll see one program that is listed there that really has not been established yet,” said Faircloth. “That is by design because of the support that is going to help support that program beyond what the Registers have already made possible. We are going to be opening a program in Whiteville called the Carolyn’s Kaleidoscope House and that is going to help children who have been abused, victims of crime.

“I can’t emphasize enough how much this family has meant to the lives of children at Boys and Girls Homes,” said Faircloth. “Futures have definitely been made much brighter because of this commitment to our mission. By helping to establish new programs, children have brighter futures for years to come.”

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, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited public charter school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 260 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential and community-based services provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.