Founded in 1899, an orphanage opened and grew in the heart of Raleigh to help local children and families in desperate circumstances. That organization is known today as Methodist Home for Children and, still headquartered in Raleigh, it has expanded to serve children and families throughout North Carolina with adoption, foster care, residential, in-home and early childhood services. The 60-acre campus has been sold — it’s better known these days as Fletcher Park — but an historical marker on Glenwood Avenue reminds us of the children who lived there. Our community of “brothers and sisters” who lived together on campus remains strong, and they return each year for reunions on the original orphanage property.