Privacy Policy

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Who we are

 

Our website address is: https://www.mchms.org.

 

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

 

Comments

 

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

 

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

 

Media

 

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

 

Cookies

 

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

 

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

 

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

 

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

 

Embedded content from other websites

 

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

 

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

 

How long we retain your data

 

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

 

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

 

What rights you have over your data

 

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

 

Where we send your data

 

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

 

The United Methodist’s Children’s Homes of MS procedure for receiving and processing Civil Rights complaints alleging discrimination within our Child Nutrition Program is as follows:

Right to File a Complaint

Any person alleging discrimination in the Child Nutrition Program based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability has a right to file a complaint within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action. The Secretary of Agriculture or his designee may waive the 180 day filing deadline for good cause. The reason justifying the waiver must be documented in writing in the complaint file.

None of the procedures set forth by the United Methodist Children’s Homes of MS will prevent a civil rights complaint from being accepted.

 

How to File a Complaint

All civil rights complaints regarding the Child Nutrition Program in the United Methodist Children’s Homes of MS should be directed to the Administrative Staff. Frontline staff will be instructed on how to handle complaints appropriately should they receive a complaint.

Complaints may be submitted verbally, in writing, or anonymously. If a complaint is submitted verbally or in person, it should be noted by the person taking the complaint. Anonymous complaints will be handled as any other to the extent feasible based on available information.

Verbal Complaints – the person to whom the allegations are made must write up (transcribe) the elements of the complaint for the complainant. Every effort should be made to have the complainant provide the following information:                                     

  • Complainant Name, address & phone (email or other contacting means)
  • Specific location and name of agency delivering the service or benefit
  • Nature of the incident or action that led the complainant to feel discriminated
  • What protected base (prohibited basis or protected class) the complainant feels discriminated against
  • Names, phone numbers, titles, addresses of persons who may have knowledge of the discriminatory action
  • The date(s) which the alleged discriminatory actions occurred or duration of such actions

Email: Any person alleging discrimination may email a complaint to the United Methodist Children’s Homes of MS . For those without current email accounts, Internet access may be freely available from your local public library, and free email accounts are available from several large providers. Forms for filing complaints may be found at www.mchms.org

Mail or Facsimile:

mail to: Methodist Children’s Homes, 805 N Flag Chapel Rd, Jackson MS 39209

or send by fax to: 601-853-5010.

 

Any person alleging discrimination may use draft their own letter which should include the following:

  • Complainant Name, address & phone (email or other contacting means)
  • Specific location and name of agency delivering the service or benefit
  • Nature of the incident or action that led the complainant to feel discriminated
  • What protected base (prohibited basis or protected class) the complainant feels discriminated against
  • Names, phone numbers, titles, addresses of persons who may have knowledge of the discriminatory action
  • The date(s) which the alleged discriminatory actions occurred or duration of such actions
  • Any supporting documentation or benefit denial letters, if applicable.

 

Complaint Processing Procedures

The United Methodist Children’s Homes of MS will not attempt to resolve any complaint alleging discrimination in the Child Nutrition Program on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), age, or disability.

The United Methodist Children’s Homes of MS will obtain all necessary complaint information and process the complaint according to and in compliance with federal and state guidelines. Within five calendar days of receiving the complaint, the complaint will be forwarded to the appropriate state and federal agencies (i.e., Mississippi Department of Education and USDA Office of Civil Rights).

 

Contact Information

District Name: United Methodist Children’s Homes of MS

District Contact Person: Gretchen Cook, CEO

District Address: 805 N Flag Chapel Rd, Jackson MS 39209

District Phone: 601-853-5000

District Fax: 601-853-5010

 

Mississippi Department of Education

Office of Child Nutrition

P.O. Box 771

Jackson, MS 39205-0771

601-576-5000

 

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410