About Us

Anchorage Children's Home's mission is to be an Anchor for today's children, strengthening tomorrow's families.







Vision

Anchorage Children’s Home is a non-profit organization, founded on Christian principles and beliefs, which serves, protects and strengthens children, families and community.

 

History

In 1983, McElvey Home, the vision of a local haven for hard to place teens who had suffered abuse or severe neglect, became a reality as the result of the tireless and compassionate efforts of a small group of concerned citizens. Anchorage Children’s Home was born to meet a critical need of those who no one else would serve. This culture of compassion and community partnership continues in Anchorage's services today.
In 1985, with the addition of Hidle House Anchorage's vision expanded to include homeless youth who run away, were thrown out, or at-risk due to their family life.

Anchorage continues to provide a continuum of care for at-risk and abused and neglected children, youth and their families, 24 hours a day, 7 days through screening, assessment, case management and counseling, basic shelter, and non-residential aftercare services. From its humble beginning in 1983 to its present success as a nationally accredited service provider, we maintain our culture of caring that makes the difference in the lives of children, youth and their families. We will continue to pursue our vision through community partnership and proven best practices that have served our children and youth well for many years.

 

Governance

Anchorage Children's Home, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors that is an essential component of the ability to effectively manage programs since its inception in 1983. We ensure that our Board membership is reflective of the gender, racial and cultural composition of the community we serve; is knowledgeable of the needs of youth who have multiple problems; act as advocates for youth services; and are in positions of authority and influence within the community. They represent a reasonable cross-section of our community and include former service recipients. In bi-monthly, meetings the Board of Directors reviews administrative, financial and programmatic progress toward agency goals and objectives.

 

Our Board of Directors

Holly Melzer, Chair
Attorney, Barron & Redding


Jeremy Bennett, Past Chair
Centennial Bank


Anderson Edwards, Vice-Chair
Tyndall Federal Credit Union


John Daly, Treasurer
Panama City Beach Fire Chief


Brenda Brock, Secretary
Retired


Linda Mugglin, At-Large
Tassels Interior Design


Philomena Martrain- At-Large
Legendary Marine


Wanda Gangwisch
Drs. Gangwisch, Melzer & Grandy


Susan Clark
Trustmark Bank


Jackie Connor
Retired


Jim Gardner
Counts Real Estate


Dr. Nicole Eisenbrown, MD
Panama City Urology Center


Chief Scott Ervin
Panama City Police Department


Tammala Spencer
First Foundations, Inc.


Dr. Maria Parris, MDVIP
Dr. Maria Parris, Family Practice

 

For a copy of our most recent 990, please contact our Finance Office.

 

Professional Affiliations

Anchorage is a member of child, youth and family organizations such as the Florida Network of Youth and Families, Southeastern Network of Youth and Families, Florida Coalition for Children, & the National Network for Youth. Anchorage is an affiliated agency of the United Way of Northwest Florida.

 

Community Involvements

Board Members and staff participate in varied activities such as serving on Boards, committees and workgroups in the local community and statewide. Examples include the Hunger and Homeless Coalition of Bay County, Bay Area Partnership for Affordable Housing, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Bay and Jackson County Juvenile Justice Council, the CASE Coalition, the Calhoun and Bay County Councils for Children, Bay County Mental Health Association.

 

Our Funding Partners

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