In the beginning, the original orphanage was begun as a work of the The Rebekah Assembly, I.O.O.F. (International Order Odd Fellows) of Alabama. The original four story structure was dedicated on April 15th, 1910 as The Alabama Odd Fellows Home. This structure remains the centerpiece of the Childhaven Campus. By 1923, records indicate that the Home had 97 children, and was cultivating 200 acres of farm land. But, the numbers began dropping and as the Great Depression struck, financial problems forced the closing of the home in 1937. In the Fall of 1938, all the furnishings and equipment were sold at public auction. The records indicate that the remaining children were placed back with their families. Following the close of the home, the structure was used as a boarding home for a short time, and then was abandoned.
In 1948, interested Christians purchased the property, and Childhaven came into being. Renovations were begun, and Childhaven was incorporated. Since that time, the tradition of caring has been a way of life at Childhaven. The property has undergone many additions and renovations. The Childhaven Campus now includes nine large Residential Cottages (group homes,) a full size gymnasium, a maintenance facility / shop, a pool, a Campus Minister’s residence, as well as the original building that is the centerpiece of the Campus. This building was gutted by fire in 1964, resulting in the loss of the fourth floor. Through the efforts of the brethren, and the community, with a little help from the insurance company, the building was saved and rebuilt. In 1995, this centerpiece was formally named the Brock Center, in honor of
the Brock family. Barney Brock was the first superintendent at Childhaven. Today, we stand on the strong foundation built by his hard work! The Childhaven property also includes the original 250 acre farm, which is in full production. In recent years, the Brock Center has been completely restored and renovated through the generosity of Dr. Chester and Martha Hicks. Martha grew up at Childhaven, and the Brock Center was her first home at Childhaven! Today, the Brock Center is used for a multitude of Childhaven functions, from training to birthday parties! It is also is available for community and business functions. Contact the Childhaven business office for more details!