Beth Gerber, who spent nearly two decades with Jewish Family Services, has been named director of Wesley Family Services, which is located on the former United Methodist Children's Home (UMCH) site in Worthington.

Beth Gerber, who spent nearly two decades with Jewish Family Services, has been named director of Wesley Family Services, which is located on the former United Methodist Children's Home (UMCH) site in Worthington.

Gerber will be responsible for the daily operation and management of the agency's outpatient family mental health program, offering those in need help through community, school, and aftercare programs.

Gerber was associate director and director of senior services for Jewish Family Services. Before that, she spent nearly a decade at the Nationwide Children's Behavioral Services as coordinator of its social worker home-based, family-centered program.

Her life's work aligns with the UMCH mission of putting together families and keeping families together, said Sean Reilly, executive director, UMCH Family Services.

"One hundred years ago, we began as an orphanage," he said. "Today, we have gone from being the 'home' for children to being 'homes' for children."

UMCH closed its residential facility in 2010, after nearly 100 years of providing live-in treatment at the 30-acre site on High Street in Worthington.

It continues to provide the outpatient mental health program on the site. Approximately 30 people now work on the campus, either at Wesley or in adoption services, said spokesperson Michelle Moore.

UMCH also provides treatment foster care at a site in Reynoldsburg.

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