About Us

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


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



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.



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

Ross Clemons, Chair

Philomena Martrain, Vice Chair

Shawn Hochstetler, Treasurer

Jeff Clark, Secretary

Dr. Jesse Nelson, At Large

Anderson Edwards, Past Chair

Linda Mugglin, At Large

Michelle Gerth, Member

Kim Rodgers, Member

Jackie Connor, Member

Laura Griffitts, Member

Tina Rutherford, Member

Jeff Sheehan, Member

Holly Melzer, Member

Tom Clark, Member

Nick Lovelace, Member


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


Professional Affiliations

Anchorage Children’s Home is a member of child, youth and family organizations and is proud to partner with the Florida Network of Youth & Family Services, Big Bend Community Based Care, United Way of NWFL and National Safe Place. 


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 Doorways of NWFL, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, Bay and Jackson County Juvenile Justice Council, Bay County Mental Health Association, LEAD Coalition and Rebuild Bay.


Our Funding Partners

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