On June 27, Gary Lemmon, UMCH president and CEO, received word that the federal grant for YouthBuild would not be renewed. With the fiscal year ending on June 30, this left one workday to close the program and notify employees.
Earlier this year, United Methodist Children’s Home submitted paperwork to continue providing GED classes, life skills and work skills programming to young adults 17 to 24 years of age in Jefferson and Marion counties.
The YouthBuild grant would have provided two years of programming with the potential to change the lives of 64 young adults who do not have a high school diploma.
They will resubmit a grant proposal again next year. Approximately 95 percent of the United Methodist Children’s Home budget comes from state and federal contracts and grants, with only 5 percent coming from donations.
Three employees were laid-off, three were placed in other UMCH programs, and one employee is still employed through YouthBuild to conduct follow-ups for the recent YouthBuild participants.