Wilmington Lions Club shows continued support for Boys and Girls Club of NC

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Lions Cottage at NC Boys and Girls Home, built and Supported by the Lions Clubs of NC 31-North Carolina. (Courtesy of George Holston)

WILMINGTON — Since 1954, Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina (Boys Home, formerly) has been a sanctuary for hurting children – a safe place for young people who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction.

The Wilmington Lions Club, founded in 1922, has been a supporter of Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina at Lake Waccamaw for over 57 years.

The Wilmington Lions Club showed its continued support of Boys and Girls Home by presenting a check of $1,000 to Mr. Ray Cockrell, VP/Chief Development Officer for Boys and Girls Home at the February 15, 2017, meeting.

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Lion Past President Kenan Maready presenting a check for $1000 to Boys and Girls Home of NC Vice-President Ray Cockrell. (Courtesy of George Holston)

Boys and Girls Home of NC provides residential program to children whose physical and intellectual capabilities will allow them to take advantage of the opportunities given to them at B&GH. Although licensed to serve children between the ages of 6 and 21, the majority of children in the residential program are teenagers.

B&GH serves children who are in need of long-term placement, preferably at least one school year, due to family dysfunctions, parental incapacity or unmanageable behavioral problems. Many of their clients have experienced physical and verbal abuse, neglect, and even sexual abuse.

Through Boys and Girls Homes’ community-based services, deserving children of all ages are placed with licensed foster families primarily in the southeastern part of the state including the triangle area.

Also, B&GH provides a loving and knowledgeable environment for young mothers called The Lake House. It is a temporary lodging for girls between the ages of 12 and 18 who are in custody of DSS and are pregnant or parenting a child.

Thomas Academy is a North Carolina Public Charter School that educates middle and high school aged youth. While residents of B&GH attend Thomas Academy during their stay, the school is also open for public enrollment.

Lions Cottage was the second civic club cottage built at Boys and Girls Home in 1960.  It was built and supported by the Lions Clubs of NC, Multiple District 31.

-Content provided by George Holston, Secretary, Wilmington Lions Club 

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