"Johnny" represents one of the hundreds of children removed from their homes this past year who have found a new home in our local Children's Center. A new home and "family" made possible by your generous support. A new home where he is taken to a much brighter place - a place filled with love, hope, laughter and smiles. Johnny may be a toddler or teen. He may represent an adolescent girl with her own baby or part of a sibling group.
He may be Caucasian, Hispanic, African-American or Asian. His birth parents may be in prison or addicted to alcohol or drugs. They may be affluent or homeless. They may have lost parental rights because of sexual abuse or anger issues. Johnny may have come to his new home directly from an abusive household or after multiple placements with each move adding yet another traumatic experience. He embodies all the children here in our community who, through no fault of their own, have not only experienced the pain and suffering of an abusive environment, but also the deep-seated emotional states of feeling unwanted, lonely and angry.
He is provided safety, professional counseling and love by caring staff or devoted short-term missionaries. And, his future is being nurtured so that he has the education and social skills necessary to become a happy productive member of society, breaking generational abuse.
These teens are also part of a regular youth group run by Epic Missions that meets in our pavilion each Tuesday. They are part of a character building program run by our full time youth director.
If your team is interested in working with these teens, please let us know in advance so that appropriate clearances can be obtained for your team members wishing to serve in that ministry. We must abide by the foster home rules and policies while working with their teens. No photos can be taken at this particular event per HPPA privacy rules.