Supporting Salvation Army & Safe Families for Children November 14- December 13
We are hosting an Angel Tree this Christmas season. Choose to either sponsor an Angel Tree child or a Safe Families child through the purchase of gifts off of their list. Visit the Angel Tree in the lobby at your campus for more details.
Our next event is Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (subject to change) This is a free event that offers a unique shopping opportunity for those in need. Clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and more area available on a first come, first serve basis. Men’s, women’s, juniors, and children sizes are all available. Our guests are given 2 bags per person and they are able to fill those bags with whatever they prefer. Our volunteers can help you find sizes, specific needs, etc.
If you are interested in donating items to this ministry, there are donation bins located at both campuses in their lobby. Feel free to bring those donations on Sunday mornings! Otherwise, email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time during the week.
When crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and our church family for support. But for some parents, there isn’t a safety net. Often problems such as drug addiction, domestic abuse, incarceration, or illness can be debilitating, making it impossible for parents to care for their children. With the changing economy many more families are experiencing financial crisis, unemployment, and homelessness. During such crisis, children are especially at-risk for neglect or abuse as their parents struggle to cope with crushing circumstances and emotions.
State welfare emergency hotlines throughout the nation reportedly receive over 5 million calls each year of suspected child abuse or neglect. Of those calls, about one million meet the criteria for state intervention. What happens to the remaining four million families that don’t qualify for help?
Overburdened by need and restrained by resources, law and policy most state welfare agencies are allowed to rescue only children who have suffered blatant abuse or neglect. Overwhelmed and underfunded, the state is ill-equipped to deal with a problem of this magnitude.
Without assistance, many of these families will find the issues in their homes escalating to episodes of abuse and/or neglect with long lasting consequences for not only the child, but also for our communities as well.
Since 2005, Safe Families for Children has offered sanctuary to thousands of children, minimizing the risk for abuse or neglect and giving parents the time and tools they need to help their families thrive. The ultimate goal is to strengthen and support parents so they can become Safe Families for their own children.
For more information about partnering with Safe Families for Children, contact Angel Metzger at email@example.com.