Called to Care. Towards the end of the meeting, he asked if anyone felt called to be a part of the leadership team, and I felt my hand rising. Little did I know that my life would be forever changed by the information presented to me over the next few weeks.
Within Ben Hill, Irwin and Berrien counties, we have 160 children in foster care and only 10 local foster families. This great divide is bridged by foster families who live in other counties, as well as children's homes that are located hours away. This means that not only are children being uprooted from the only home they've ever known, but they're also being moved miles from their schools, communities, extended family members, and friends. The only remedy to this is to prevent children from coming into care (by supporting those families) and to recruit more local foster families!
Our brick-and-mortar retail store, The Shoppes at Fourth and Cherry, is a drop off location for donations. We have also hosted drives for specific items, which is conveinent considering that we are in the heart of downtown!
- Blankets that were embroidered with each foster child's name on it for Christmas.
- Birthday gifts and cupcakes for children in care.
- Bibles for each child in foster care for Easter--each with a personal note inside.
- Countless clothing and shoe needs provided.
- Sponsorships for foster children's participation in recreational sports programs.
- Help in furnishing homes for reunited families.
- Ocilla DFCS Visitation Room Re-do. *Roxie put her magic touch on it!
We are excited, and we are nervous. This process is slow, especially when you're in the middle of remodeling a home! We now have a group of 7 local families ready to complete training to have children in their homes. (Roxie, Jorjanne and I are three of those families!) What a blessing this journey has been and will continue to be.
If you are interested in being involved in Called to Care, please let us know! You can visit our Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't live in South Georgia, look for ways to positively impact the foster care system in your area! We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. I believe that we are indeed called to love, called to serve, and called to care. The beautiful thing is that everyone can do something.