The Children’s Home has merged with the Crossnore School

 The merger took effect Feb.1.   The Crossnore School is a residential foster-care program in Crossnore, a small town in southern Avery County.

Brett Loftis, the CEO of the Crossnore School, will become the new CEO of The Children’s Home.

The new affiliation has not cost any jobs so far, said Holly Barrett, spokeswoman for the combined organization.  “Both boards are working on a final corporate structure, but as of right now, there haven’t been any changes,” Barrett said.

The Farm at Children’s Home will continue to operate and will be used as a teaching tool for children, where they will learn about food, farming and running a business, as well as earning their own money from part-time employment, Barrett said.

For now, the name will remain intact, although the branding and logo will eventually get a makeover in a way that “honors the past and aligns with the future,” the release said.

Children’s Home’s relationship with the United Methodist Church’s Western Carolina Conference should not change, said Katheryn Northington, board chairwoman of The Children’s Home.


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