LAKE WACCAMAW--Gary Faircloth is humbled to be President of the Boys and Girls Home in Lake Waccamaw, an institution that provides a home for children who have been mistreated or rejected. Forty years ago, Faircloth was one of those kids. "We have a major responsibility to break the cycles of abuse and neglect, my personal experience was one of abuse and neglect." Faircloth says. His father deserted the family when Faircloth was 3 years old. His mother's health began to decline and she could no longer take care of the family. Faircloth entered the Boy's Home facility at age 14. He says the Boy's Home saved his life. "Education suddenly became an important part of my life, spiritual life suddenly became an important part of my life and the understanding and appreciation for helping others." Years passed and Faircloth went on to work for a similar group home facility in Michigan, but his desire to be more hands on with the youth brought him back to the Boys and Girls home in July. Faircloth touches nearly 160 children on the 140 acre campus. Some kids are adopted in to new families, others stay through high school graduation. He says the organization's main priorities are helping the children overcome their family-life situations and provide a nurturing environment that feels like home. "No matter how hard we try it's still an institution," Faircloth says, "But we try to not to institutionalize the children but provide a home as much as possible." A place Faircloth now calls home again. The Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina is a non-profit organization. If you would like to donate money to support their programs, call 910-646-3083.
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