The Vashti Center Fosters Healing and Hope


By Elijah Miranda, The Vashti Center Executive Director

With God as our cornerstone, The Vashti Center fosters healing, hope, and transformation to empower and promote resiliency in children, families, and communities within Georgia. The children we serve often arrive broken. They have often been removed from home and family environments that lacked love, faith, and support. They have more than likely been neglected or abused in some form or fashion.

The Vashti Center offers a residential program that serves children from every county in Georgia; a community mental health program that provides outpatient services to six neighboring counties (Thomas, Brooks, Mitchell, Colquitt, Grady, and Decatur); and an after-school program that serves Thomas County children.

While we receive funding from our state agencies, it is not nearly enough to cover the costs to provide for our children. The charitable gifts we receive allow us to pour into our children spiritually while providing them with a sense of normalcy. Our goal is healing and hope so they can engage with their peers, get involved in extracurricular activities like art, dance, football, soccer, ROTC, or academic teams, attend outings to Epworth By The Sea or Wild Adventures Theme Park, and also think about their futures.

We are so thankful for the generous support we receive that also assists with the feeding of our children, the day-to-day functioning of Vashti, and the maintenance of our beautiful campus. I feel blessed to be part of this organization, this mission, and this ministry, which turned 115 years old in 2018! I think of Vashti as this little mustard seed in rural South Georgia. We are small, but the seeds that we plant in the children that we serve go on to have a large generational impact.

If you would like to establish a charitable gift with the Georgia United Methodist Foundation to support wonderful organizations like The Vashti Center, please contact Nancy Young, GUMF Director of Planned Giving and Scholarships, at 678-708-6601 or 

This article was originally published in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation's Winter 2018 Faith & Money.