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Covenant Children's Home extends a special thanks to HUNTER SPRINGS KAYAK for donating an 11 ft Paddle board.
I am honored to be able to work side by side with my long time friend Avis Craig. She will continue to focus on our critical funding and development while I do my best to maintain excellence on the operational side. Avis has been on our team from the beginning, more than seventeen years ago. She has served several years as the chairperson of the board or directors. I appreciate her wisdom and gentle encouragement.
We have a great team and have been blessed with some great children to help during a challenging season of their young lives. I am proud to work with our incredible house parents. They are highly trained and experienced — but most of all they love helping kids and view this as a “calling” rather than just a job. I watch in awe as they nurture, challenge and encourage the kids.
I would be lost without our program manager, Debbie Davis. Like it or not, there are hundreds of pages of rules, regulations, laws, contractural obligations, etc. that are all part of caring for foster children. Debbie has been key in keeping us on track and maintaining our perfect inspection record.
Our goal has always been to help kids become great Americans. We didn’t want to simply “warehouse” foster children. We wanted to have a family sized home and model the love and nurturing environment of a Christian family. We also wanted to focus on excellence in education. With almost every child that has been placed in our care, this has meant tutoring. We are currently blessed with wonderful volunteers who help us in this important undertaking.
I want to thank everyone who has helped us on this great adventure! Building a program which really helps kids become great Americans is expensive. We could not have done it without the financial support of the community. Individuals, churches, businesses and others have made this possible. As we press on to complete our second home we can’t help but be excited. Thank you for making this possible.
Covenant Children’s Home exists to provide children a home where a Christ-centered environment promotes hope, healing, and a brighter future in the lives of children who need the care and support of a loving community.
Covenant is a faith-based nonprofit children’s home supported by churches, businesses, foundations and individuals by taking action to address the needs of abused, abandoned, and orphaned children.
Our vision is to break the generational cycle of abuse, neglect and failure; and to nurture purposeful living in by providing a safe refuge for children who are in need of a place to call home.
The core values of the Covenant Children’s Home reflect our commitment to maintaining a faith-based ministry to the needs of abused and neglected children. These core values are to serve as guiding principles in the planning and management of all our operations as well as being essential tools in the evaluation process of our children’s ministry.
I have been blessed to be able to watch about twenty children spend a season of their lives at Covenant Children’s Home (CCH). Thus far, the one who has touched me the most was a nine-year-old girl I will call Hope. Hope had been badly abused, and though she was nine years of age, she had never been allowed to go to school. Her Mother claimed that she was home schooling her, but never really took the time to teach her anything. When young Hope arrived at CCH, she would hide at every opportunity. She had learned that when adults saw her, bad things happened, so she hid. Within a few days, she found out that at CCH she was both safe and loved. She was subsequently enrolled in school and CCH found a tutor to enable her to catch up with her peers.
We found Hope to be both exceptionally intelligent as well as thirsty for knowledge. Amazingly, within a few months she found herself on grade level and able to complete third grade with others her age. I consider myself blessed to have been able to watch this transition. A beautiful little girl, scared and always hiding blossoming into a girl who understands both God’s love and the love of the wonderful house parents at CCH. A story with a happy ending! Where is young Hope today? She has been reunited with her young brother in a loving Christian home. Hopefully Hope and her brother will one day soon be adopted by this wonderful family.