Baptist Children’s Home (BCH) Residential Care Cottages for Teens in Illinois
Four unique cottages providing a stable home-like, Christian setting
The heart of BCH Residential Care is the family life in our four cottages, each with their own distinct personalities. Staffed by Christian houseparent couples, the cottage environment provides our teen residents with:
- A strong model for healthy family structure
- Positive interaction with authority figures
- Appropriate interaction with peers struggling through similar issues
- Guidance for each resident’s personal struggles
Ballard Cottage was named after Nancy Ballard whose estate gift provided a substantial portion of the funds needed to build the cottage in 1952. Ballard Cottage can house up to 8 girls at a time and is one of two girl’s cottages on campus. Earl and Mary Pershbacher currently serve as house-parents to the girls of Ballard Cottage. Earl and Mary have been caring for teens at BCHFS since 2009.
Garrison Cottage was named after Laura Garrison. Her estate proceeds went to the construction and furnishings of the cottage in 1961. Ranger and Brenda Schneider are the house-parents of Garrison Cottage, which provides a loving home for up to 8 boys. Ranger and Brenda have been members of our BCHFS family since July 2016.
Joe Mathias, better known as Uncle Joe, was the first full-time superintendent of the Baptist Children’s Home. Mathias Cottage was constructed in 1952 and named in his honor. House-parents, John and Roberta Smith have been providing care for the girls of Mathias Cottage since 2009.
Verhines Cottage was named after Harvey Verhines. A sizable gift was given in memory of Harvey Verhines by his daughter Mary Camden. The funds were used to convert the farm manager’s home into a cottage in 1972. Brant and Dixie Shumate are the house-parents of Verhines Cottage, which provides a loving home for up to 8 boys. Brant and Dixie have been members of our BCHFS family since March 2014.