Over the Years


Ethel Harpst Goes to Cedartown

Ethel Harpst is appointed by the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church to a settlement home in Cedartown, GA

Historical photo of residents with Christmas sign



Harpst Home Established

Ethel Harpst’s Harpst Home was established as an orphanage

Historical photo of original Harpst Home


James Hall

The first major building, James Hall, is built on the Harpst Home campus

James Hall historical image


Sarah Murphy’s School

In nearby Rockmart, GA, Sarah Murphy establishes a school for African-American children

Newspaper clipping about Sarah Murphy Home



Murphy Home Charter

After years of taking in children in need, Sarah Murphy is granted a state charter to create a permanent home for children

Historical picture of children from the Ethel Harpst Home



Fire at the Murphy Home

A wood stove starts a fire that destroys the Murphy Home, leaving the family (including 51 children) temporarily homeless. This draws attention and assistance from local Methodist women

Historical image of Christmas Fire



Murphy Home Reconstruction

After donations from around the state, the country, and the world pour in, a new Sarah D. Murphy Home is built in the fall of 1953

Newspaper clipping about Sarah Murphy Home


Murphy Home Acquired

Following years of partnership, the Women’s Division of the Methodist Church acquired the Murphy Home in 1961

Newspaper clipping about Sarah Murphy Home


The Homes Merge

The Women’s Division merges the Harpst Home and the Murphy Home into Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers

Children at Murphy-Harpst, 1984


Animal-Assisted and Equine-Assisted Therapy

Murphy-Harpst adds animal-assisted therapy and equine-assisted therapy program to its treatment services

Historical photo of children with horse


Residential Treatment Provider

Murphy-Harpst was certified as a Residential Treatment Provider in 1987, offering Maximum Room, Board and Watchful Oversight Residential Services, Therapeutic Foster Care, and Core Outpatient Services

Children raising the flag


Foster Care Established

Murphy-Harpst begins providing safe and stable homes to children through our Specialized Foster Care program

Foster Child holding hands with parents


Transitional Living Program Founded

Murphy-Harpst introduced the Transitional Living Program in January 2017

Transitional Living participants in the kitchen cooking


GED Program Founded

In April 2018, Murphy-Harpst partnered with Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to provide a GED program through their Adult Learning Program

Students on computers in York Academy



Evolve Initiative Program Begins

Murphy-Harpst begins statewide expansion of services with Evolve homes.

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