A Challenge Answered

Director, Angela J. Williams
Central Children’s Home of North Carolina,
Rev. O. D. Sykes,
Third Vice President, seen on right of Rev. Sykes is the  Administrative Assistant  

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The “Grant Colored Asylum” was renamed and incorporated in 1887 as “The Colored Orphanage Asylum of North Carolina.”  In 1927, the orphanage was reincorporated as “The Colored Orphanage of North Carolina,” and in 1965 was renamed “The Central Orphanage of North Carolina.” In August of 1986, the facility became known as the Central Children’s Home of North Carolina, Inc.

The General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has been a pillar of support for the (CCHNC) since its formation. The Central Children’s Home of North Carolina has become the unparalleled leader in youth care facilities. This achievement of excellence is due in large measure to their experienced leadership team  of caring and nurturing professionals, and the unyielding moral and financial support of the GBSCNC.

Success Has Its Costs

Success, however, comes at a cost.  For the past few years, there has been a critical need for dependable transportation for the Central Children’s Home. The Home had a fleet of four vans (three are 1995 models and one is a 1998 model) and collectively the fleet is approaching one million miles. Repair and maintenance costs annually run into the thousands of dollars for the Home taking needed dollars away from program needs.

The Central Children’s Home of North Carolina, Inc., a residential child care facility for children who are dependent, neglected or abused, has been in operation for over one-hundred years.

In August, 1883, the Colored Orphanage Association was formed in Henderson, North Carolina by members of the Shiloh Association (which is now United Shiloh Association) and Wake Missionary Baptist Association. The idea of a home was presented by Dr. Augustus Shepard who had become familiar with the large number of homeless and neglected children by traveling throughout the state.

In October, 1882, a farm of twenty-four acres, located one and one-half miles from Oxford, North Carolina on the Raleigh Road, was obtained at a cost of $1,565.00.  The home was named the “Grant Colored Asylum.”

The Challenge

A call for transportation upgrade assistance was conveyed to the GBSCNC, which had given unwavering support to the Central Children’s Home for over 130 years.  Our Convention conveyed this request for help to its 44 member Association in the form of a challenge. This “Challenge” created a resolution which in summary stated:

That the General Board challenge 44 Associations to give … between Mid Year Session (May 2012) and All-Baptist Assembly (July 2012) to raise the required funds for a van purchase…

The Challenge was presented and the Challenge was answered in the form of  two Ford 12 passenger vans, with one additional van to be presented this year.

The first van was delivered on June 4 and presented to the public on June 16 at the Annual Central Children’s Home Day in Oxford.  Since then, the GBSC has donated additional funds to complete a 3 van fleet commitment. The last of three vans will be presented this year to round off a three van fleet. “Challenge presented, challenge answered, Missions Accomplished.”


Third Vice President-former at-Large Chair, Central Children’s Home Commission inspecting the new vans purchased by the GBSCNC

The General Baptist State Convention of NC in an effort to support the ongoing needs of the Central Children’s Home of NC, challenged its 44 Member Association to replenish their aging fleet of vehicles. The challenge was met by the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and its Member Associations with the  purchase and delivery of  two Ford 12 passenger heavy duty vans to the CCH. A third vehicle will be delivered by the close of 2013.

New Fleet of Vans for the Central Children’s Home Courtesy of the General Baptist State Convention of NC

603 South Wilmington Street • Raleigh, NC 27601-2338
Phone: 919.821.7466 • Fax: 919.836.0061

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