Provider Watch July 31, 2015 - Together Georgia Welcomes Murphy-Harpst Children's Centers
Murphy-Harpst, grew from two homes founded more than 80 years ago. In 1914, Ethel Harpst was appointed by the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church to a poor mill village in Cedartown, Georgia. Due to severe outbreaks of typhoid, tuberculosis, and influenza, many parents died and, at the time of death, requested that Miss Harpst care for their children. She was granted permission by the Mission Society to establish the Harpst Home in 1924. During the Great Depression and World War II, the Harpst Home expanded with the help of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pfeiffer of New York and the Mission Society.
In 1931, Sarah Murphy, a Spelman College graduate, established a school at the edge of Cedartown for African-American children. Then, in response to the plight of so many of her students whose parents died during epidemics in the 1930s or could no longer care for them, Sarah and her husband, Shug, transformed her school into an orphanage. In 1950, the Sarah Murphy Home burned. Some Methodist women learned of the situation and came to the rescue. In 1961, a decade following the deaths of Sarah and her husband, the national Women’s Division of the Methodist Church took over the Sarah Murphy home. In 1984, the Women’s Division merged the two homes into Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers.
Today, children from across the State of Georgia are referred to Murphy-Harpst by the Department of Family and Children’s Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice for residential treatment and specialized foster care. Murphy-Harpst also provides services through an outpatient treatment clinic that offers assessment services, individual, group, and family psychotherapy, psychiatric and nursing care and in-home therapeutic services to Medicaid eligible youth, and their families in Polk and surrounding counties.
Together Georgia is honored to welcome Murphy-Harpst Children's Center as our newest member.
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