This past year has been challenging for the Children’s Home as we have had to adapt to many new ways of serving others because of COVID-19. We learned to think outside of the box and be creative in the way we provide for the youth in our care.
There have been cancellations at the Home, such as visits by churches and friends and Alumni Homecoming, as well as the Change for Children appeal and the Paper & Cleaning Products Drive. However, there has been a great outpouring of generosity from many donors, friends, and churches who delivered many supplies and made substantial monetary gifts. We are very grateful for their kindness that has allowed us to continue helping children and making them feel safe.
Our youth have had to adjust to a new way of doing school. Learning spaces were created on our campus for the teens and Bridge Learning Center students to attend school on-line. They watch lessons – both recorded and live – of their teachers explaining new subjects. Tutors were hired to assist the youth with accessing their classes and completing their assignments. It is important for us to continue to offer support for them as they pursue their education.
I admit I don’t have the answers to the many unknowns surrounding us, but I know the One who does. God’s Word teaches me to wait patiently. I’m not good at waiting, but my hope in the Lord gives me assurance for the days to come. I believe God has His hands on our ministry and will bless us with good things beyond what we deserve and ask for.
We are prepared and committed to work harder than ever to ensure vulnerable children have the chance to know a stable, caring home, surrounded by people who care about them and want them to be successful.
In His Service,
Gary Lee, MBA