get a little dirty to do a lotta good
Mudder’s Day Madness 5K is a mud run that consists of obstacles, and of course plenty of mud! Everyone eight years of age and up, are welcome! This fun, family friendly, fundraising event will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 (day before Mother’s Day) at 10 AM on Montvale’s beautiful grounds at the foot of Chilhowee Mountain. Proceeds from the Mudder’s Day Madness 5K benefit Harmony Family Center and their services to children through foster care, adoption, and post adoption counseling and programs.
Harmony Family Center … so children may live their best lives
6th Annual Mud Run at Montvale
4901 Montvale Road – Maryville, Tennessee 37903
Phone: Kendra Hawkins @ 865.981.3953
When you give a child the comfort of knowing they are not alone, it is life-changing. When you learn that you are not alone as a parent, it’s . . . well, it’s everything.
Over the past 20 years, Harmony Family Center has helped children to live their best lives. Today, our team of experts, innovative programs, and evidenced-based solutions uniquely position us to serve children and families experiences the challenges, stressors, and trauma of modern life, ranging from the most common to the most complex.
Harmony’s work has an important impact. As we build awareness of the effects of trauma and increase the opportunities for treatment of the children and families touched by trauma, we significantly improve the health of our communities across the state of Tennessee . . . so children may live their best lives.
Harmony Family Center is proud to share our story through our 2017 Annual Report.
On August 21, 2017 Harmony Family Center will host a Great American Eclipse at Montvale viewing experience.
“This is truly a once in a lifetime event,” said CEO and Founder Pam Wolf. “Montvale is in the direct path of the Great American Eclipse and this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our property and offer a great experience for everyone who attends.”
Attendees will receive viewing glasses. People are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. The pool and basketball courts will be open. There will be food and beverage trucks.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Harmony Family Center’s programs. Tickets can be purchased for $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. T-shirts and sweatshirts, sold separately, are also available online while purchasing tickets.
Gates will open at 10:30 am for the Great American Eclipse at Montvale – it is a three hour event beginning around noon for Montvale viewers and ending by 3:00 pm.
The 2017 Mudder’s Day Madness 5K Mud Run is coming up on May 13! For $35, participants get to play in the mud for a good cause and will receive a t-shirt and other goodies. Sign-up now!
Join us for the 2017 Mudder’s Day Madness 5K and enjoy new obstacles, new trails, food trucks, and kid friendly activities! Race is limited to 1000 participants! Proceeds from the Mudder’s Day Madness 5K benefit Harmony Family Center and their service to children through foster care, adoption, and post adoption counseling and programs.
Date, Time, and Location: Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM (all participants must arrive by 9:45 AM) at Montvale at 4901 Montvale Road, Maryville, TN 37803.
Harmony Family Center is honored to have been chosen by the University of Tennessee College of Social Work to receive the Light the Way Award at their annual Gala on October 14th.
The award is presented by the College of Social Work to the community agency or organization that best exemplifies the values and advances the mission of social work. Harmony is being recognized for outstanding service to children and families at risk.
Pam Frye, Chief Program Officer
As I write this sunshine is spilling onto my desk. It makes me happy. This winter has seemed particularly gray to me. Someone recently told me that when he lived in Scotland the weather there was so gloomy that a sunshiny day was something monumental – an event so extraordinary that people would reference the sunshiny day in conversation in the months to come. Do you remember that day in May? Are you talking about the day the sun was shining?
I am not sure if the groundhog saw his shadow or not this year, and I really do not care because today I am going to enjoy the sun. It is amazing how something as seemingly inconsequential as a sunny day can make my day so much better. The older I get the more I realize that the little things in life often mean the most – the little, seemingly random, things I remember.
There have been a few times in my life when I have been really discouraged, and suddenly out of the blue someone will send me an encouraging email, card, or text. Those moments still stand out to me, and years later I can perfectly recall the details. I have always wondered what prompted these random act of kindness. Was it a tug? A little voice in the head? A nudge? I guess it does not matter what prompted the kindness. What matters is that someone acted.
So the next time you have someone on your mind, give them a call. Can’t get someone off of your heart? Shoot them an email. Worried about a friend? Send them a text. You never know. Maybe your little act of kindness will be like a sunny day in Scotland in May.
Rachel Joffe, ASAP Family Counselor
We can describe love in many ways. When I need a reminder of what love is, is not, and how to give it – I turn to First Corinthians, which tells me love is patient and kind; does not envy or boast; is not proud, self-seeking, or easily angered; keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil, and rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres, and never fails.
We all need love. We were made to love and be loved. We want to love and be loved. Yet we must acknowledge there can be struggles in giving and receiving love.
Trauma seeks to destroy our ability to love. In life, hurt, pain, and loss will shake one’s ability to love and be loved well. Yet love cannot be destroyed. It always prevails, is never lost. The families that seek help are wise and strongest of all; for they know their struggles are close to impossible to combat on their own.
I see and feel love at work with my clients in Harmony’s ASAP Program (Adoption Support and Preservation). I see parents striving to be patient, to be slow to anger, and not to focus on wrongs. I see them working to love their children well. I see children craving to feel understood and protected. I see them working to allow themselves to be loved. How beautiful to see parents and children growing and healing in love.
Family is built and maintained through love.
Love is family. Family is love.
A forever family always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres, and never fails.
Marsha Sliker, Office Coordinator
Hikes and nature walks. Campfires with stories and s’mores. Stargazing. Movies. Crafts and knot tying. Service projects. Outdoor worship.
Montvale holds a very special place in the heart of Maryville’s Cub Scout Pack 800 We have been camping at Montvale for several years, and every year we make new and lasting memories. Many of our scouts have completed requirements for their ranks at camp, and ceremonies have been held for boys crossing over from cub scouts into boy scouts. We have watched our scouts grow up at Montvale.
We love being able to provide a service at camp. We’ve cleared the campfire area at the top of a trail (dragging wheel barrows, rakes, weed eaters and other clearing tools over the rocky terrain). We’ve cleaned up around the challenge course. We’ve been privileged to be the first group to use the new basketball court. What a wonderful transformation we have witnessed and are a small part of at Montvale.
Being at camp is full of adventure! One year we were met with plain eastern stripeless scorpions in the bunkhouse and had to make it a habit to check under your covers before bed. We’ve experienced no heat, no hot water and no dry wood. We’ve also experienced games of ultimate Frisbee, flag football, making dream catchers and petting horses. All of these are memory makers and make the boys want to continue to return to Montvale.
While on hikes and nature walks we always do trash pickup and fallen limb removal. We check for the footprints of any wildlife that may have been on the trail and allow the kids to guess what has been there before them. The guesses range from dog to otter to mountain lion (some good guesses, some a little far-fetched). The trails are a great learning tool for the scouts. We even found an old piece of pottery in the old fireplace of the house footprint near the pool while on one of our hikes a couple of years ago. Our goal is to always leave the trails and the property better than we found them.
We conclude every stay with a worship service at the Chapel on the Hill. There is no better time to feel closer to your creator than when you worship in the midst of his great creation, his creation that we are blessed to visit and call Montvale.
Dawartha Tyler, FOCUS Regional Case Coordinator
I first met Jason when he came into state custody due to allegations of abuse. Because Jason’s birth mother had asked family members to cease contact, no relatives had come forward to provide a home for fear of being ostracized by the family. Then Jason’s Aunt Holly, who had recently moved back to Tennessee, learned that Jason was in foster care and began looking for him. At the same time, Jason began reaching out to a cousin, one of his aunt’s sons, on Facebook, and communications between Jason and his Aunt Holly began.
Determined to provide a home for Jason, Holly contacted the Department of Children’s services about foster parenting and completed the required training for foster families through Harmony’s FOCUS (Finding Our Children Unconditional Support) program. Holly told us that Jason and her son had been raised together, and she had been heartbroken when she learned Jason had been put in foster care. Jason was placed with Holly’s family, and they are now Jason’s family. Although there have been some bumps along the road, this family is committed to Jason. Together they have chosen subsidized permanent guardianship as his best option for permanency – and Jason has found his family.
Leslie Jenkins, ASAP Therapist
I’ve been working with a young boy I’ll call John and his adoptive dad for the past several months. John and his dad always participate in therapeutic activities and do their best to apply our in-session training to real life, which is not always easy. John’s dad continued to express his skepticism, however, as we explored the residual effects of trauma, including the very real self-worth and esteem issues faced by many children who have experienced trauma.
One of the skills I’ve learned throughout my experience as a therapist is to pay close attention to the body language of others. This indicator keys me into Dad’s response to our work together surrounding these discussions. As John continued to strengthen his communication skills and improve his ability to share his feelings with Dad, I watched their relationship continue to strengthen.
Last week as we sat together at the table during our family session, John turned to his Dad, looked into his eyes, and revealed to him that sometimes, no matter what, he just doesn’t feel “good enough”. I watched Dad receive this message and finally connect all our learning together. These breakthrough moments are what I live for! They are so rewarding and usually come so unexpectedly. What a special privilege to have the opportunity to impact the lives of children and their families.