Yahweh Center Children’s Village property open for bidding

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The property for the Yahweh Center Children’s Village is open for bidding after the owners filed for bankruptcy in August.

Almost 30 years ago, Carla Roberts opened the Yahweh Center to serve abused, neglected, and at-risk children from across the state.

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“With the help of thousands of donors and volunteers, wonderful staff, and a great deal of prayer, our organization has served children in NC since December 4, 1988,” Roberts said.

Roberts said after state and federal regulations changed, their expenses and liabilities became too much.

“Sadly, due to an array of financial hardships, our ministry had to close our doors for services in August 2016,” Roberts said. “Since then, we have endeavored to move forward to finish our race and see this property sold and placed in new hands.”

Trillium Health Resources said the children were transitioned into new homes after that. After filing for bankruptcy, Keen-Summit Capital Partners said the 13 acre property will be open for bidding in part or in whole until Jan. 26. Roberts said they hope to find someone who will continue using the property for its original purpose.

“Our hopeful prayer is that a future sale will result in an organization that will pick up our legacy for children and that our past employees and creditors will all be paid,” Roberts said. “This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for having had the privilege to serve abused, neglected, and at-risk children in North Carolina.”

Keen-Summit Capital Partners said the auction is scheduled for Jan. 31.