Funding was always a problem, but the Orphanage used their farm to supplement
their income and the citizens of Charleston, especially the churches, which provided invaluable support. Rev.
Jenkins, like Booker T. Washington, was a proponent of the self-help concept. Because of this belief, he
implemented a structured program designed to emphasize discipline, while also teaching skills that would
benefit both the Orphanage and the youngsters personally once they left the institute. Baking, butchering,
farming, music, printing and housekeeping were some of the skills taught along with regular academic subjects.