Our vision for the future is to eventually build a cluster of five or six homes on our twenty acre site with each housing six children and their full time houseparents.
June 2019 UPDATE
June 2019 Update
The walls are up on our second home and we are beyond excited! However, we are currently confronting our biggest challenge which is finding qualified house parents to take on this mission of being a Dad and a Mom for a maximum of six foster children. As a result, we have held up completion of our second home until such time as we find house parents capable and desirous of nurturing these children. If you are aware of any Christian couples who may be interested in becoming house parents, please call our executive director Jody Davis at 352-489-2565 or email him at email@example.com
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.
As of March 2016, CCH is a member of the Florida Coalition for Children. (www.flchildren.org)
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.
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.
Jeff and Susan Becker
Jeff and Susan Becker joined the CCH family as houseparents in June 2019. Married for 28 years, the Beckers have been working with children and teens for more than thirty years. Jeff, a licensed and ordained minister, has served in churches in a variety of capacities, from youth pastor to associate pastor, interim pastor, and more. Susan has been a preschool teacher, children’s pastor, behavioral health professional, as well as working with children in other capacities. Together, they have served in houseparent roles (houseparent, teaching parent, childcare worker) for about ten years altogether, in addition to raising two children of their own.
Jeff and Susan, with their children, Nate and Millie, travelled in itinerant ministry as Jeremiah 29:11 Ministries from 2001 until 2013. Now grown, Nate and His wife Jessica are serving as missionaries in the favelas (slum communities) of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Millie lives in Niceville, Florida, where she works as a dog trainer.
After about a twenty-year hiatus, the Lord brought the Beckers back into the ministry of houseparenting in 2017. They are excited to be here in Dunnellon and look forward to seeing the Lord work in the lives of children and families through the ministry of Covenant Children’s Home.
Curt and Mary Ellen Simmons
Curt and Mary Ellen Simmons have an extensive history of working with broken families and at-risk children. From over four decades of ministry in the pastorate, youth pastorate and music/worship, to the last eight years as primary house parents, they offer maturity and experience to the wonderful team at Covenant Children’s Homes.
Curt, a licensed and ordained minister, is often heard to say, “What we try to bring to every child whom God brings our way is a demonstration of the unconditional love that our Heavenly Father has shown to us.” His humor and wisdom are a powerful combination, bringing guidance and smiles to the many children he’s loved on through the years.
Mary Ellen, more fondly known as Ms. Bunny, brings a powerful heart to the ministry here at Covenant Children’s Home with her own testimony of God’s grace, protection and healing. She spent much of her professional career as a marketing director, but she was committed to working with children and lead children’s programs in the church. When God called them to be house parents, Bunny realized how deep herpassion was to offer hope to these precious children. As she embraces each of them, she can hear and understand the brokenness each child comes from and offers hope and love as God uses her to demonstrate His unfailing love and faithfulness to them.
Curt and Bunny have six wonderful children and fourteen beautiful grandchildren spread across this country and in Australia.
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.
Board of Directors
Dr. Tony Oliverio
Avis Marie Craig
Proud father of two grown children.
Owner of Ruane Construction.
In Finance / Banking for 29 years.
Proud father of two grown children.
Ret. Air Force General.