President of MMS
Since 1921, Mountain Mission School has served more than 20,000 at-risk youth. Currently, Mountain Mission is home, church and school to more than 200 kids in need, coming to us not only from Appalachia, but also from more than 60 countries worldwide.
The United Company Foundation is a vital partner as we work to deliver the MMS child from a position of need and future dependence. MMS provides a home, church and school, for as long as needed, just as we have throughout our nearly 100-year history. Dedicated staff spiritually guide and work to empower each child.
As we provide MMS kids with the resources, strengths and tools they need to succeed today, tomorrow, and years to come, we focus on three core components:
Educating Today, Preparing for Tomorrow
Nourishing Kids for Better Health, Better Learning, Better Learning
Empowering Kids by Providing Challenges and Opportunities
This approach is working. More than 90% of MMS residents go on to college, universities and community colleges across the nation and ultimately secure meaningful employment. This is a far different future than these capable children would have had without Mountain Mission School. Success is more economical than failure (juvenile justice, prison, entitlements). MMS graduates break the cycle of poverty for their families – a legacy worthy of investment.
Trip to Atlanta Georgia
The Camp Success trip in 2019 returned to Atlanta, Georgia for a 4-day visit. Following the drive south, the seniors and staff chaperones (Rose Hurley and Rachel Hood) began the trip with a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. The Atlanta Botanical Garden followed, which was a favorite of this group. Dinner was at the Hard Rock Cafe, where the students entertained the other guests by dancing along to one of the songs.
Wednesday began with a visit to the High Museum of Art, a new place on the itinerary; students enjoyed the opportunity to view European masters’ paintings like Degas, Monet, and Picasso from the traveling exhibit that had just opened. This too was a stop they enjoyed. Following an appreciation for artistic culture was an appreciation for God’s natural creation at the Georgia Aquarium. For many students, this was their first opportunity to watch sea lions and dolphins perform. The Varsity provided dinner and the opportunity to relax at an Atlanta tradition.
Thursday was packed with activities: a studio tour of CNN was first, followed by a visit to the World of Coca-Cola. The seniors got to take a photo with the iconic polar bear, experience a 4-D movie, and taste sodas produced around the world. Stone Mountain provided scenic views of downtown Atlanta and an opportunity to hike. Thus, the Mellow Mushroom was a great dinner choice for the hungry hikers.
Friday brought the most popular stop on the trip - the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Students were challenged by what they learned about American history in the 1950s and beyond as well as the challenges faced by people around the world. Since the weather forecast called for rain, we spent the remainder of our visit indoors. The group attended a Good Friday service at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and concluded their trip by visiting the APEX Museum.
"The United Company Foundation has through the years been an invaluable partner to Mountain Mission School. Nearly 100 percent of Mountain Mission graduates go on to college, and most are only able to do so with the financial assistance, college prep and career guidance provided them by the United Foundation. The Foundation has also given generously toward our endowment and operations, helping to ensure the future success of the school and the thousands of at-risk youth we serve. Jim McGlothlin himself has faithfully served on our board for many years, and he and his wife, Fran, have been just as active on our campus and in the lives of our students."