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Celebrating History: Wellroot’s Legacy as the United Methodist Children’s Home

By August 17, 2023February 29th, 2024No Comments

The DeKalb History Center Honors Wellroot at the “Home” Exhibit Opening Aug. 31 

On Aug. 31, the DeKalb History Center will unveil the “Home” exhibit to honor the legacy of The United Methodist Children’s Home, now known as Wellroot Family Services. In 2017, when Wellroot announced plans to sell the UMCH property to the City of Decatur, Beate Sass, a Decatur resident, began documenting Wellroot’s rich history with photographs and oral stories from former residents, staff members, and volunteers.  

“I thought these stories, they were moving, they were poignant,” Sass shared with Olivia Wakim, a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

For over 150 years, Wellroot Family Services (formerly the United Methodist Children’s Home) has stood as a beacon of hope, offering solace and care to countless children and families. Founded in 1871 in Norcross, Georgia, Wellroot opened its doors as The Decatur Orphans’ Home at the close of the Civil War to serve the needs of children orphaned during the war. In 1873, the Children’s Home put down roots in Decatur and continued its mission on the Decatur property until 2017, when the City of Decatur purchased the land.  

The exhibit at the DeKalb History Center brings to life Wellroot’s mission and memorializes the love and resiliency of its former residents. All community members, history enthusiasts, and those touched by Wellroot’s legacy are welcome to attend this special occasion. To honor the past, Wellroot Family Services celebrates today’s mission to nurture families with faith at its core

Event Details: 
Date: Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023 
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm 
Location: DeKalb History Center (inside the Historic DeKalb Courthouse) 
1st floor 
101 E Court Square 
Decatur, GA 30030 

For more information about Wellroot’s mission and ongoing initiatives, please visit