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.
Our building committee has completed planning and site engineering for the second home. A cost estimate is being completed and contractor selection will follow. Fund raising for the second home continues as preparations to begin construction advance. 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 soon be able to help another six wonderful and exceptional children. This second home will enable us to have a “boys” home and a “girls” home. 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.
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.
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. We are so pleased to welcome them as full time house parents!
Travis and Renee Whitman
Travis and Renee just moved to Florida from Ohio to serve as our respite house parents. They have been married for 16 years and have 3 boys: Canaan, Isaiah, and Jordan. Travis holds a bachelor’s degree in Cross Cultural Missions/Biblical Studies. Travis loves children and served many years as director of The Barn, an inner city Christian recreational youth center in Knoxville, Tennessee, and as senior caregiver at Wallace Memorial Church B/A school program. Renee has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and in Cross Cultural Missions/Biblical Studies. She also has a long history of working with children, including after school programs, daycares, and youth groups. She is currently a stay-at-home, homeschooling wife and mom.
The Whitman family spent the past 7 years serving in Paraguay, South America as Ethnos 360 missionaries. The Lord led them back to the states to work with children of no or little biblical background and after a 1-year investigating/praying process, He led them to CCH.
Their passion is to show Christ’s love to children/youth so that they can have the opportunity to come to know Him and experience His unconditional, never-ending love.
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.