As many of you know in 2011 I decided to step away from my corporate career to care for our daughter. This year I felt a tugging in my heart to go back to work but not to the type of corporate work I was doing previously. I have always had a heart for serving, volunteering and giving back to others. I was blessed back in February with the opportunity to join Safe Families for Children (SFFC) as a Ministry Lead for College Park Church. When I joined I thought I fully understood the services SFFC offered, but I continue to have my eyes opened daily to all the wonderful things this organization is able to do with the help of all the amazing volunteers. I feel blessed to be a part of the work God has called us to do in being the hands and feet of Jesus in caring for those in need.
Little did I know just how much this opportunity would open my eyes to the needs of families (especially the kiddos) right here where we live as well as the surrounding counties and nationally. I have learned just how fortunate I am with where I live, my job, my home, my supportive family and friends...people I can call on for just about anything I would ever need. It’s easy to think that everyone has at least one person they can turn to and depend on, but for many that is not the case. There are so many families, some right in our own back yards, that are struggling with loss of employment, addiction, and/or sickness that prevents them from providing a safe home for their kiddos. When faced with a crisis, many families do not have the support network or financial resources necessary to move forward. How incredibly scary this must be!
This is where SFFC steps in to help fill the gap providing the support they need. I continue to be amazed by the volunteers with Safe Families that open their homes and their lives to these kiddos allowing the parents or guardians to receive the support they need from a Safe Families Family Coach.
I believe the most amazing aspect of Safe Families is that we neither charge for services nor do we receive any state or federal funding. We solely depend on grants and donations, and this year those donations have temporary placed 652 children with Safe Families! This is not only a huge deflection from the child welfare system, but it also prevents child abuse and neglect while restoring and supporting the family.
So how can we respond to this need? This year, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Safe Families for Children is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. If you find yourself in a fortunate position where you have additional resources that can be used to truly impact our community, please join me in donating today.
Central Indiana Story
Meet God in what he is doing in Indiana!
Starting on #Giving Tuesday, November, 29, 2016, through the month of December, we are collecting donations that will change lives in Indiana
WHO WE ARE: Safe Families for Children is a movement of compassion where the local church and volunteers partner to walk alongside families in crisis. These volunteers open their both their homes and lives, creating a safe harbor where children in crisis can see the love of Jesus while their parents or guardians receive case coaching and support to gain stability for their family.
WHO WE SERVE Every child we serve is a potential deflection from an overwhelmed foster care system. By reaching families on a volunteer basis, we can show them the love of Jesus while helping them establish attainable life goals, set healthy boundaries and cultivate relationships that will provide stability. Most of our services are provided on a volunteer basis; however, since we do not receive state or federal funding, we are dependent on donations to coordinate services, but your dollars have a greater impact than they doing being filtered through a government program to reach the same child.