History

The Cherokee Boys Farm Club was established at the Cherokee Boarding School in 1932. Two years later the Cherokee Motor Club was founded. When the Boarding School closed in 1954, the two Clubs were continued by the Cherokee Day School. The Clubs were combined in 1958 and continued to grow. On May 4, 1964, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians incorporated the Cherokee Boys Club as a non-profit self-supporting, Tribal Enterprise.

Revenue

The Club earns its revenue by providing services for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Performance of these services provides full-time employment for our staff and on-the-job training for Cherokee Youth. All funds earned by the Club are used for operational expenses, repayment of debt incurred for purchase of Club buildings and equipment, and for projects for Cherokee Youth.

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Operations and Membership

The Club needs and receives donations for the operation of the Children’s Home & Child Care Services projects, vocational training and scholarship programs. All other operations of the Club are self-supporting. The Club borrowed money from financial institutions to purchase all Club vehicles, equipment, and to pay for the construction of most Club buildings. The Club repays all funds borrowed and also pays interest on all funds borrowed. All students and former students of Cherokee Central Schools (both male and female) are eligible for membership in the Club. From this membership, the Club elects five members of its Board of Directors and a Student Representative. The Tribal Council appoints one representative to the Board and the Board selects two local business people to serve on the Board.

Administration

The Club’s Administrative Department includes the Finance Manager, HR/Benefits Coordinator, IT Coordinator, Grant Administrator, Payroll Officer, Accounts Payable Clerk and Receptionist. They provide fiscal, technological and HR/Payroll Services for the entire Club and the Cherokee Central School System. This department continues to upgrade their computer system so they may continue to increase efficiency. The department has a very experienced and well-trained staff with a combined total of approximately 138 years of dedicated service to the Boys Club and the Cherokee people. They strive to and continue to operate with great efficiency and professionalism. The Administrative budget is less than 2% of the total Club budget. Detailed audits are performed annually by Certified Public Accountants and Annual Reports are available to anyone upon request.

Leadership

The Executive Division of the Administrative Department is made up of the General Manager and the Executive Assistant. They provide oversight of all Club Operations and contracts, prepare for Board Meetings and maintain all Resolutions, Club Public Relations, Liaison services between our contract customers including Cherokee Central School, Oconaluftee Job Corp, Cherokee Historical Association, Cherokee Preservation Foundation and many programs for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

2016-2018 Cherokee Boy's Club Board of Directors
2016-2018 Cherokee Boy’s Club Board of Directors

Bus and Truck Department

Bus & Truck and a whole lot more!

Need More Information?  Please call 828-359-5585

The Cherokee Boys Club provides all school bus and charter bus service for the Cherokee Central School System.  We also provide charter service for several churches, community organizations and schools to all points in the United States.  The Club has an agreement with the Cherokee Historical Association to provide shuttle service, motel shuttle service, traffic directing and parking for Unto These Hills, the famous outdoor drama which portrays the history of the Cherokees.  The Club also has an agreement with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel to provide shuttle services on holidays and weekends.

Are you in need of a charter bus?  We have several capacities available.  Several of our buses are equipped with WiFi and satellite TV.  Give us a call and let us handle all your transportation needs.  

School Bus Service

Club drivers have an excellent safety record.  Our drivers have earned safe driving awards from the National Safety Council for driving a total of 2,582 years.  Sixteen drivers have earned the million mile award and four drivers have earned the two million mile award.

Solid Waste Transportation

Through an agreement with the Tribe, the Club transports 687 loads of municipal solid waste to a regional landfill in Georgia.  The Club has added a new Western Star Tractor to the solid waste transport fleet.

 Roadside Mowing

The Club has an agreement with the Tribal Roads Department to provide roadside mowing and trimming for the reservation road system.

Public Garage

Cherokee Boys Club Garage

828-359-5590
Business Hours – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday- Call for an appointment today!

The Garage Service Department consisting of 10 mechanics maintain the Club fleet of 110 buses, trucks and coaches.  The mechanics provide all service, repair, maintenance, parts service, paint boot,; body work, vehicle inspection and vehicle washing.  The staff is operating out of a 16,000 square foot garage providing large areas to work on larger vehicles.  In 2007 the Club Garage opened a full service paint and body shop.  During the summer, this department painted the entire fleet of school buses and provided paint and body work for many individuals and tribal programs.

Our Garage offers automotive repairs from the inside out. With our experienced mechanics, advanced diagnostic tools, and high quality parts, we can fix almost any problem you might have. Please stop by or give us a call for service on your car, truck or R.V.

Some of the Services we provide:

Oil Change
Tire Rotation
Wheel Alignment
Engine Diagnostics and Repair/Replacement
Diesel Engine Diagnostics
Brakes
Body Shop with Modern Paint Booth and PPG Paints

 

Cherokee Children’s Home

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House A was completed first. It is a two story complex with a game room downstairs filled with a ping pong table, a huge flat screen television and study areas.

Have Questions?  Give us a call at 828-359-5575

Office Hours are Monday – Friday from 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.


The Cherokee Children’s Home was started in 1969 when it became evident in the community that children who could not safely remain in their own homes needed a place to stay within the Qualla Boundary.  Upon the completion of the first home, 17 children were admitted and the house was quickly at capacity.  That same year construction began on the second home and it was completed in 1970 and it quickly filled with 17 more children.  A final home was built the next year and it also filled to capacity.

Since these early days many steps have been taken to ensure the safety of children not only from the Qualla Boundary but throughout the state.  All group homes such as the Cherokee Children’s Home must be licensed in the state they are in.  Since its beginnings the Cherokee Children’s Home has been a permanent or temporary home to over 1,700 youth.

On October 15, 2015 the children placed in our care moved into two new facilities that accommodate 18 children. The property was generously donated by an enrolled member located in the Birdtown Community.  It was a joyous day for the children and everyone involved in making the dream of a $2.5 million dollar facility a reality.

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Residents learn the value of a consistent daily routine, the importance of chores, and taking care of one’s hygiene and personal appearance.  Residents also receive help with homework from caring staff and grades almost always improve during their stay.  Individual therapy as well as family counseling is an integral part of a child’s success. This is a top priority out of all the services that are offered.  Another important aspect of success is helping residents to become current with well-child checks, immunizations, dental care and so on.

The main goal of the Children’s Home is to aid the family and/or the Department of Social Services in meeting as many of the well-being needs of the child as possible while in care and help in any way to reunify the family.  The Cherokee Children’s Home can help the parents learn the routine and schedule of the children so that the transition home happens more successfully.  The Children’s Home can work with the child and family until reunification becomes possible.

ELIGIBILITY

The Cherokee Children’s Home is licensed by the State of North Carolina. This means that a child from anywhere in the state or nationwide could possibly be admitted into the Cherokee Children’s Home to stay until it was approved by a district court judge for the child to return home or become adopted.

House B is a single story dwelling, but it has ample room and amenities for all of the kids who stay with us.
House B is a single story dwelling, but it has ample room and amenities for all of the kids who stay with us.

The main purpose of the Cherokee Children’s Home is to provide a home for Cherokee children.  The Indian Child Welfare Act states that enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe who have to be removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or dependency or the family’s inability to care for them should be placed within their community where exposure to their culture and norms exist.  This law was developed to preserve the culture of some of the most vulnerable Native American children and takes precedent over state law and policies.  Prior to this law’s existence, adoption of Native American children by non-native families was seen as a major reason for decline in Native American culture.

Anyone can make a referral or inquire about services by calling the Residential Social Worker.  The intake process includes an inquiry and application packet.  For more information please call 828-359-5575


Would you like to help?

The Children’s Home is currently a department of the Cherokee Boys Club.  It receives no operational funding directly from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  The operations are monitored by a state licensing consultant from the Department of Health and Human Services and a contract supervisor with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Funding is provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs through a Social Services contract and by the state board payments received from the counties who place children who are in their custody.  The Children’s Home also hosts an annual golf tournament each year.

The Cherokee Children’s Home is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization.

For a One-Time donation, use the button below




If you would like to mail in a donation:

Cherokee Children’s Home
PO Box 507
Cherokee, NC 28719

Also, we accept payroll deduction forms for Tribal Employees and Boys Club Employees. You can donate $1.00 a paycheck and have it automatically come out of your paycheck and go directly to the Children’s Home!

For these payroll deduction forms and all other information contact:
Monica Wildcatt
moniwild@nc-cherokee.com
(828) 359-5575

All donations are fully tax – deductible!