Cannon Foundation provides $100,000 grant to B&GH

June 16, 2020

The Cannon Foundation, located in Concord, N.C., has awarded a $100,000 grant to Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina for the completion of the staff housing village located on Chauncey Town Road.

“Direct care staff are our most valuable and essential residential team members,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “The construction of these modest new duplexes will dramatically improve the living conditions for our residential counselors by providing ‘off-duty’ living spaces.”

Most residential counselors at B&GH work for 7 days straight. They live with 6 to 8 youth in a high stress environment, providing trauma focused care 24 hours per day.

“Like everyone, our residential counselors need an emotionally and physically safe place they can call ‘home’ when they are off-duty,” said Faircloth. “Several of our current counselors live as far away as Salisbury or Raleigh, a 2 to 3 hour drive one way each week. In addition, having more staff located close to campus would allow a better response to staff sickness or support of special events requiring more staff.”

Residential staff retention has been a priority for the organization over the past few years according to Faircloth.

“Over the last two years our direct care turnover has been over 40 percent per year, “ said Faircloth. “Our young people come to us having experienced many painful traumas and transitions in their lives. Staff changes can trigger negative emotions and setbacks that delay the healing process. Our children crave stability, but with significant turnover in direct care staff, stability is difficult to provide. These homes will become part of the benefits packages for new employees plus increase availability of immediate crisis support team members.”

The Cannon Foundation grant provides the necessary funds to complete the project, including improving drainage, installing water and sewer, landscaping and furnishing the duplexes.

“Without the Cannon Foundation, we would not have been able to complete this project without significant delays,” said Development Director Mike Garrell. “This project will have a positive impact on our direct-care staff, and, most importantly, the lives of our children.”

The Cannon Foundation funds close the gap between the funds provided through the For the Love of Kids capital campaign concluded in the fall of 2018 and the construction cost increase following construction delays.

“We delayed construction a couple times due to hurricane related issues,” said Faircloth. “We were concerned that we could face another delay with the various coronavirus related stay at home orders, but construction was deemed to be essential by the governor.”

The first of three units is complete with construction continuing on the second and third units. A dedication ceremony is planned once the village is complete.

 

About the Cannon Foundation

The Cannon Foundation was established in 1943 by Charles A. Cannon, President and CEO of Cannon Mills Company. The Foundation continues his philanthropic legacy by funding capital and equipment projects for organizations across North Carolina. The Foundation’s areas of focus include health care, higher education, human services and community. They provided 169 grants totaling $10,691,500 during the last fiscal year. More information can be found at cannonfoundation.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.