The original vision of the founders was to build a cluster of five homes, each housing eight children and their houseparent’s.
Our building committee has met twice and we are moving along quickly thanks to timely efforts and extensive experience of a couple of committee members. Drawings have been produced and will be present to Citrus County building and zoning for their consideration. A zoning change would be necessary to allow CCH to build the (5) additional homes desired. The funds have been approved to begin the process. We anticipate it will take several months to be fully approved. There are funds available to get the next home underway and we firmly believe with the Lord’s blessing and the support of the community we will be able to help some very needy kids. Please pray God will direct us and allow this ministry to proceed smoothly.
CCH works with multiple agencies to insure quality care while in our home. In an effort to meet the needs of these youth, many agencies participate in providing each child with the services they need to work through this transitional time in their life.
The Covenant Children’s Home is a Christ-Centered organization. Covenant Children’s Home is a private non-profit Florida Corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) status making contributions tax deductible.
CCH is registered with the Florida Division of Agriculture and Consumer Services, meeting the Florida Solicitation Act as a charitable organization. We are a state licensed home (Fl. State License. #100023794) in partnership with Kids Central Inc.
Covenant Children’s Home is excited to announce our new affiliation with Eckerd Kids http://www.eckerd.org/ effective July 1, 2016. Negotiations with Eckerd Kids began late last year and we completed the rate agreement in June of this year. Kids Central http://www.kidscentralinc.org/ will remain our primary CBC http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/community-based-care interface for placement of children. For CCH to grow, the board realized we must obtain rate agreements with additional CBCs. This is a common practice with group homes i.e. Boys Town of North Florida has rate agreements with 5 CBCs in order to maintain 100% occupancy in their 5 (licensed for 6 children) homes in the Tallahassee area.
Eckerd Kids has been active in Citrus County since 1969 when Jack and Ruth Eckerd opened E-Nini-Hassee Outdoor Therapeutic School for Girls located in Floral City. In addition they have the Hi–Five program http://www.eckerd.org/programs-services/prevention-services/hi-five-program/ in Crystal River and Lecanto Middle Schools and the Workforce Development Program http://www.eckerd.org/programs-services/eckerd-workforce-development/youth-workforce-development/ . Their overall operation covers 15 states. We look forward to working with them and others to achieve the original vision of the founders to build a cluster of five homes, each housing eight children and their houseparent’s.
Our workers are dedicated to keeping children safe, healthy and better prepared for the future. The overall goal of protection and healing of these young children is paramount in what we do. The children in our home are given the opportunity to engage with positive and caring adults and we are able to give them hope for a brighter future.
Jody Davis has a long and varied career history all relating to helping folks in need. Jody began his professional life as a Deputy Sheriff, a position he held for 17 years. He followed this with a tour as an Emergency Medical Technician in Tennessee. Jody earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education and later worked toward and received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Christian Counseling.
Jody holds many, many certificates a few of which are: Board Certifications in Temperament Therapy, Adolescent and Child Therapy, Substance Abuse and Addiction Therapy, and Cognitive Dissonance Therapy. Additionally Jody is a past licensed minister in North Carolina, served as a youth pastor, initiated a variety of children’s programs at other group homes, and has many years of experience as a house parent. In fact, Jody and his wife Debbie were the first ever house parents at the Covenant Children’s Home when our doors first opened in 2003.
Jody and his wife Debbie have been married for 26 years and are the proud parents of two sons.
“Faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,” Jody Davis
Deborah, or Debbie as she prefers to be called, is a dynamic go getter who allows nothing to escape her attention or notice. Debbie comes to CCH with impressive credentials. She has earned and attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education and was not satisfied until she was bestowed through perseverance and much hard work with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Additionally Debbie attained Board Certifications in: Cognitive Theory, Children and Adolescence, and Counseling Techniques. Debbie put her education to use working as a counselor in a boarding school. She has been involved in the direct care of children in an assorted number of group homes.
She and her husband Jody were our first set of houseparents when CCH opened its doors in 2003.
Debbie and Jody have been married for 26 years and have two sons of whom they are extremely proud.
Mark and Ruth Canova
In 2010, I became involved with a Church in Ocala that sponsored a camp called Royal Family’s Kids Camp (RFKC). It was described as a a camp for abused and neglected children in our local area. I was very unsure of what it was or what I was volunteering for but after the training (and especially during the week of camp) I gained a great desire to attempt to be an influence to the children in the foster care system. After the first year of volunteering as a counselor at the camp, I volunteered to be on the board of directors and was given the position of Vice President. Ruth and I were married in March of 2013 and continued to work with RFKC together for the next 2 years.
We became aware of Covenant Children’s Home through our Church (Springs Presbyterian) and started becoming involved in summer of 2015. In September 2015 we started doing relief house parenting and really enjoyed the position. We had though about possibly becoming houseparent’s but were unsure about it considering the status of our lives at that point. We started praying about it and began to seriously consider it. Ruth was pregnant with our second child at this time, which we knew would complicate things but we believed that God was calling us to do this work regardless of what was going in our lives.
We had an opportunity to work for 18 days straight in January which we felt would be a good idea to see if we could do this. The time went smoothly, which gave us a bit of confidence about taking the houseparent position. During the month of May we made the transition from relief to full time houseparents’. It has been a large undertaking but we are enjoying it and are thankful for the opportunity to serve in this way.
Mark & Ruth Canova
Angel and Rebecca Hetherington
Angel and Rebecca have been married for 4 years and have a 3 year old daughter, Zaylee. Angel is a 26 year old plumber who moved to Ocala, FL from The Bronx, New York at the age of 8. Rebecca is a 25 year old stay at home mom, a Florida native from Dunnellon. Rebecca was the assistant house parent last year and truly enjoyed her time with each of the children. When Angel and Rebecca heard the respite parent position was available, they both knew in their hearts that it was something they were meant to do. Their ultimate goal is to one day become full time house parents.
Tina moved to Dunnellon, FL from St. Petersburg, FL in 1992 with her husband and four sons. Tina worked in the insurance industry just shy of three decades. In addition, she has been employed as a free lance bookkeeper for various companies over the course of her career. Tina and her husband Glenn now boast not only four sons but eight grandsons as well! Glenn and Tina enjoy kayaking and fishing in their rare moments of spare time. They call First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon their church home.