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Early in the 20th Century, Mary Kendall, led her women's bible study group on a city wide revival with all denominations to help women and orphans. Today, the Adoption Program, located on the Owensboro Campus, still carries on with the original mission by helping families adopt children from around the world, as well as locally.

Adoption of Matteo
Mary Kendall Adoption • (270) 683-3723 phone
201 Phillips Ct • Owensboro • KY • 42303 (map/directions/hours)

Plans are currently under way to build a new campus in Nicholasville, Kentucky. In 2012, the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth purchased farmland in Jessamine County to begin development of a new Residential Campus and Headquarters. Under the direction of Rev. Randy Coy, the goal is laid out in phases and based on raising funds for each process. Find out how you can help.


(859) 967-8502

In 1984, the Mary Kendall Home in Owensboro, Kentucky became a part of the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth. Originally, Mrs. Mary Kendall created the home in 1904. Read more information about Mary Kendall Home history click here.

Mary Kendall Campus


KY United Methodist Children's Home • Mary Kendall Campus • (270) 683-6481 phone
201 Phillips Ct • Owensboro • KY • 42303 (map/directions/hours)

The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth opened in 1871. Today we have two campuses and serve more than 1600 youth per year through residential and community programs. Our on-site residential programs help children ages 12-18 with severe cases of abuse, neglect and trauma.

Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home
In 2005, our local neighbors Ruggles Sign Company, generously donated our lighted 8' tall road sign which they designed, built, and installed.

KY United Methodist Children's Home • Versailles Campus • (859) 873-4481 phone
2050 Lexington Rd • Versailles • KY • 40383 (map/directions/hours)
PO Box 749 • Versailles • KY • 40383 (mailing address)
Mary Kendall Bike FunD Day

Mary Kendall Bike FunD Day (Sept)

Golf Scramble Golf Scramble
Sign up on a team or become a corporate sponsor!
Annual Day Auction and Lunch Annual Day Auction & Lunch Donate items to sell at our auction! We'll have a lots of food, children decorate their rooms, and we will share music.
Childrens Advocacy Day at the Kentucky Capitol Children's Day at the Capitol
Children's Voice Newsletter

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Do you have questions about placing a child in our care?

A child between ages 12-18 is eligible for admission to our facility if they've been placed in some type of judicial system. For example, facilities such as detention, foster care or another residential facility. See more elibility requirements for each programs listed right.

Referral partners, Social Workers, Court Designated Workers and Placement Coordinators find answers here:
Eligibility Questions and Answers However, if your child has never been part of the judicial system and you need information or help, click here for recommended resources and website links for parents.

Both campuses offer Community Service Programs for children and families.


Looking for ways to volunteer? Please fill out our volunteer application. Then choose which campus, and speak with our volunteer coordinators to schedule a time and date.

Mail Room Volunteers
Volunteer your time to stuff envelopes!
  Landscape Volunteers
Volunteer time to help with landscaping!

We need volunteers continuously for landscaping, mowing, basic clerical work, cleaning, christmas room helpers and at special events to serve food, organize and direct guests. We also need professional help with painting, carpentry, upholstery repair, general sewing and asphalt paving.


Some more opportunities to help our Children's Home are listed below! We appreciate any items donated which we can sell at our Annual Day Auction! Also, you can purchase Christmas Cards with artwork by our children. We always appreciate prayers! Please add us to your prayer list!

Children's Day at the Capitol Join us for Children's Day at the State Capitol!
Large groups leave an impression in Frankfort! Each February we rally one day to advocate for today's youth and state funding.
  Methodist Children's Home Materials Become a Representative of our Methodist Children's Home at your church!
We mail you materials and information 4 times per year to share! Help us raise awareness and funds.

Kittawa Sprangs Dippin Sauce Buy Kittawa Sprangs
Dippin' Sauce!
Proceeds from the sale come directly to our Children's Home.
  Methodist Children's Home Golf Scramble Become a Corporate Golf Sponsor for our Scramble! Each year we hold a golf scramble to raise funds for both campuses.

Hailey was grateful after all she had been through
Written by Jeana Pillion

After all Hailey had been through, she was grateful to have a good place to sleep, hot food to eat and clothing to wear. "I was grateful to have been sent to the Methodist Home." She lived with her mother most of her life. Her mother and father abandoned her at someone's house at age 15. Hurt and depressed, Hailey felt no one loved her.

Months later her mother gave a simple explanation for abandonment... "your father wants me all to himself." Hailey struggled emotionally with feelings that she did not understand—grief and guilt that turned into anger towards others.

Growing up Hailey had to be responsible. "I took care of my mom before myself." She remembers helping her mom get ready for bed and putting her to sleep. She remembers learning to cook. Someone taught her how to do laundry when they stayed at a shelter. She remembers they never had enough money for food or a place to live. They lived in different apartments, hotels and shelters, typically less than six months. Hailey usually carried a bag with all her possessions from place to place.

Hailey lived in a situation of chaos, where she had to make adult decisions. She suffered from depression and feelings of hopelessness. "The Methodist Home helped me with my depression and now I have hopes and dreams for better things," she said.

"Since being at The Home, I have become closer to God than ever before. I hear Him calling me to talk to teens about Him. I want to go to a Christian College and become a Youth Minister."

Hailey graduated the Methodist Home's program and received her GED this year. She plans to work and save money to get a car and a place to live on her own. We are proud of Hailey's work to overcome her past and make a brighter future.

Haileys mother abandoned her