For more than 120 years, Epworth Children’s Home has grown and adapted to the individual needs of children by providing quality care grounded in faith and responsibility for our neighbor. Established in 1895 by the South Carolina Annual Conference of what is now the United Methodist Church, Epworth Children’s Home was originally named Epworth Orphanage. Situated in the heart of the state, the Home is located on 32 peaceful acres in Columbia, South Carolina.
Children come to Epworth through private and government placements. Each placement is the result of a fractured family system where children have experienced abuse, neglect or significant loss. Over 70 staff members surround nearly 80 children with an array of comprehensive services that meet their emotional, physical, educational and spiritual needs. Much care and expertise go into assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each child. An individualized plan is developed for each child as staff members, counselors and volunteers work together to break the cycle of abuse, neglect and shame and replace it with an opportunity for each child to live a life of self respect, responsibility and productivity.