Linden Lodge Residents Care for Their Chickens

Resized_20160812_172212Linden Lodge residents each care for one chicken that they “adopted” and clean the chicken coop daily as a way to promote their personal responsibility in addition to having the fun of gathering our fresh eggs each day.  No one can say our residents are not a creative bunch as the names of our chickens are Zeblow, Roseanna, Popcorn, Georgie Mae, Ruby, Crystal and Cuckoo. Life continues to be good at Linden Lodge!!

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Congratulations, Linden Lodge Foundation!

The Moore County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the NC Community Foundation, has awarded Linden Lodge Foundation, Inc. a grant in the amount of $2,500.00 from their John W. Roffe & Marjorie A. Roffe Endowment for Moore County.

Marianne speaks to NCCF


Marianne Kernan, Chairman of the Linden Lodge Foundation, speaks before the Moore County affiliate of the NC Community Foundation as she gratefully accepts their generous grant to help offset the cost of the kitchen renovation at Linden Lodge

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Linden Lodge Mascot Celebrates in Pinehurst

Marianne, Emily and Maggie 7-4-2016

Marianne and Emily along with Miss Maggie, the Linden Lodge “super pup in residence”, participated in the Pinehurst 4th of July Pet Parade. They all donned their red, white, and blue – don’t Emily and Miss Maggie look fabulous!

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Before the chicken OR the egg… You Need A Coop!

Here at Linden Lodge, we are all about home and family, simple, honest living and down-to-earth values. If you raise chickens, these things are important to you, too so it was only natural that we would invite seven new occupants to come home to roost! Having chickens in our own coop at the Lodge is so much more than getting fresh eggs… It’s a wonderful experience for the whole group. The residents especially will love interacting with the chickens and most are eager to learn about taking care of them.Before the chicken OR the egg... You Need A Coop!

For us here at Linden Lodge, the fluffy little chick to be cradled in our hands and lovingly nurtured so carefully is more than an “egg-producing machine.”

We want to make sure she has a safe and comfortable place to live when we move her (and her sisters!) out from under the brooder light and into the big wide world.

Regardless of where you live, the critters that love to prey on chickens are everywhere… raccoons, coyotes, hawks, weasels, snakes – the list is endless. Our coop is built to keep them at bay. Right now we are still in the process of making sure there aren’t any sharp edges so the chickens don’t hurt themselves, and making sure they are safe from predators in a fenced-in area.

Everything is starting to come together to provide The best housing for our backyard flock.

We look with anticipation to the day we proudly collect our very first egg, from our very own chicken coop!

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Sandhills Wedding & Events Association Donates Linden Lodge

Since its inception, the Linden Lodge has taken no state funds but rather operates exclusively on fundraisers and donations from the private sector.

A team has been assembled to help individuals successfully maintain psychiatric stability and assist, if possible, with meaningful employment, volunteerism in the local community and the pursuit of educational opportunities.

Residents & Staff with visitors at Linden Lodge

Residents & Staff with visitors at Linden Lodge


Residents, staff and volunteers work side-by-side to develop treatment plans, set goals and discover ways to successfully realize them. Success depends upon the ability to inspire partnerships between residents, staff, board members, volunteers, organization partners, medical providers and the larger community.

In 2014, the Sandhills Wedding and Events Association committee decided to choose an organization to be the recipient of the monies raised by the entry fee to the SWEA Wedding Expo. Linden Lodge was chosen and for the past 3 years, has been the beneficiary of this endeavor.

SWEA committee & Marianne Kernan

SWEA committee Presents Donation to Linden Lodge

The Wedding Expo has grown in popularity for both exhibitors and visitors over the past few years and is now a must attend event within the bridal community. This year saw record numbers in both exhibitors and in brides and grooms and the committee was delighted to be able to raise over $900 for the Linden Lodge.

 “We really wanted to do something to help the community”, says the SWEA committee “and the Linden Lodge was a perfect choice for us. The dedication shown by Marianne and her staff to help their residents live their life in a real family setting, with activities, educational and even employment opportunities is something that we, as a committee, wholly support and we are proud to be able to help the Linden Lodge with the donation from the Wedding Expo.”

For information about the The Sandhills Wedding & Events Association Wedding Expo, please visit the Sandhills Wedding Expo Homepage.

The Sandhills Wedding & Events Association Wedding Expo will take place on Sunday, Janaury 29th 2017

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Donate Shoes and Help Feed Hungry Children

Restoring Hope Center in Scotland County is currently collecting gently used shoes for their “Shoes for Hope” Campaign. Their goal is to raise 25,000 pairs of shoes to help feed hungry children during the summer months in Scotland County. The agency is collecting shoes from now until May 14th. If you have any gently used shoes you would like to donate, please feel free to contact the agency directly at 910-361-8530 or 910-277-4460.

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Help Feed Hungry Children

You can also contact me for further information concerning the agency, event or collection.

Jessica Ledbetter
Outreach Coordinator
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
195 Sandy Avenue Southern Pines NC 28387
PHONE  910.692.5959 x2404
FAX  910.692.5910
Mission:  No One Goes Hungry



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National Contest Seeks Nominations to Award $80,000

The Linden Lodge Foundation is now asking for Votes for the 2016 Rare Life Award!

The Eagle Rare Life Award was created to honor individuals who lead rare, inspirational lives. Eagle Rare will donate $50,000 to the grand prize winner’s charity of choice. 6 runner up winners will receive $5,000 donations to their charity of choice.

Please please vote for our story EVERY 24 hours until January 6,2016 – every day! I am listed under the Devotion Category and am usually on the second page.

Go to:

Please, please help us out – it would be a real blessing for next year’s operating expenses. Below is a message that I received from Eagle Rare Life which initiates this plea to you – at least we have been noticed by them! Blessings to all!

“Your Eagle Rare Life Award story made it in our top 30! Be sure to keep up the voting momentum so that you are eligible for the grand prize of $50,000. Don’t forget that voting ends on January 5th. That leaves you a month to spread the word and rally your supporters to secure your spot in the top 30!”

Vote often at:

Thank you so much…..


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Christ Community Church Offers Mental Health Classes

Bob Huber - Bridge of the Sandhills

Hello Friends and Colleagues,

Starting this Thursday, August 6, Christ Community Church is pleased to offer four classes entitled “Hope Rising: Engaging in Mental Health and Addictions Ministry”.

These classes are open to the community, and are designed to either stand alone or be attended in a series. Classes are held on four successive Thursdays in August (August 6, 13, 20, 27) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at Christ Community Church at 220 Campground Road, West End, NC, as part of the church’s “Community U” ministry equipping initiative.

For more information or to register, please visit the church’s website at or call(910)215-8099.

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Bob Huber, MA BA QP
Bridge of the Sandhills, LLC “linking people with care”
phone/text: 910 960 7828

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Linden Lodge’s Yard Sale Fundraiser a Smashing Success!

On Saturday, May 30th, 2015, The Linden Lodge Foundation hosted our Annual Yard Sale Fundraiser! Volunteers had collected, stored, organized, sorted, stacked, displayed, sold, repacked and transported donated treasures that have raised ample funds for the the Residents!

Our volunteer team was awesome!Our fundraiser yard sale was a great success this year. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who donated to the sale! Thank you to EVERYONE who came out and made purchases/donated and supported the Lodge!! Thanks to all of you!! The community has been absolutely amazing! There were so many tireless workers…. I hope everyone gets to rest a bit, soon… YOU deserve it! The Linden Lodge family pulls together for a successful event yet again!

Beautiful weather and amazing people that made the sale a success.Linden Lodge is a good location for garage selling, but each Yard Sale involves mountains of stuff and hours of work and even though many of us help, all of our extra efforts, including collecting huge quantities of donated goods, hanging big signs at all the key intersections, posting online and organized displays, are what crank these events up to be super fundraisers! The weather was fine, and we mobilized a great volunteer team and got lots and lots of stuff donated.

Lots and lots of stuff donated!WE ARE TOTALLY EXHAUSTED BUT VERY HAPPY AND EXCITED! We would like to thank everyone who took the time to donate items to the Linden Lodge Yard Sale that was held this past weekend. Your generosity was overwhelming. We would also like to thank all the wonderful people who took the time to stop by and purchase something. Some visitors told us to keep the change, some didn’t purchase but gave a wonderful donation. We met so many great people. The love that we experienced this weekend has touched our hearts in a way we cannot express. Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers, who stepped up and helped out. WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT EVERYONE’S HELP!!!!! WE ARE HUMBLED BY YOUR GENEROSITY. What a great turn out! The day was perfect. Beautiful weather and amazing people that made the sale a success.

Huge quantities of donated goodsMany thanks go out to all who helped make our Yard Sale fundraiser a great success. Thanks to the folks who donated their treasures; thanks to the customers who came.

TO EVERYONE that donated to the yard sale, volunteered, shared our advertisements and prayed for us, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts, it was a huge success!! We will constantly be out working to have fundraisers and hoping to spread the word about what we do. More pics will be posted on our Facebook and website over the next few days.

Yard Sale Fundraiser Photo Gallery

Thank you for your support of our fundraiser yard sale!


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SCC Human Services Class Visits Linden Lodge


SCC Human Services Class Visits Linden Lodge 5-15

May 5, 2015

Each May, Professor Trish Harris brings her Sandhills Community College Human Services class to Linden Lodge to tour the residence and to interact with the staff and residents.  This helps the students learn what to expect when they enter employment in their field of study.  After a tour of the Linden Lodge properties a luncheon is always shared with the students, residents, and staff and a great time and learning experience is had by all.

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