By Josh Yoder
The Christian Children’s Home isn’t new to ministry. Across five decades, the organization has helped thousands of northeast Ohio children find their worth in Christ.
Specifically, they do so in three ways. Their residential program, hosted on a 160-acre campus in Wooster, provides a temporary home for children 5 – 18 who have been removed from their homes to learn and grow in healthier ways with nutritional, physical, emotional, spiritual and educational guidance.
“A lot of these kids come to us two or three years behind educationally, so through our partnership with Summit Academy, we help catch these kids up while they’re here,” said Joe Franz, Director of Development. “A lot of these kids have been abused and traumatized in life, and when they get here, they’re at the point where they have no hope.”
The Home’s foster care network, Encourage, currently has 40 children in foster care, and the third arm of the organization, Encompass Christian Counseling has counseling centers throughout northeast Ohio, centered around children and families.
But in order to adequately fulfill their mission, the Christian Children’s Home is raising money to update campus facilities to provide even more amenities for children in a critical juncture of life. Geared around the promise for God and children in Acts 2: 38-39, the Home’s Promise Project fundraising efforts have already raised $1.25 million, about 58 percent of their goal, and they’ll need your help to make it the rest of the way.
“If people have a heart for children and want to make a difference in their life, they are helping us give them an environment that will help them thrive,” Franz said.
Funding will be used to transform an old building on campus into the Children’s Leadership and Rec Center, a facility that will function similar to a school with the additional construction of a middle school-sized gymnasium that Franz says “will allow kids to be kids.”
For more information about the Promise Project, the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio or Encompass Christian Counseling, give the Home a call at 330-345-7949 or visit the website at www.mypromiseproject.org.
“We’d love to share more about how we’re impacting the lives of these children over the phone or on site, with a walk around the campus, to show you firsthand what our ministry does,” Franz said of the project, the current home and the ministry in general.
This story originally appeared in the August 29, 2018 edition of The Budget. For more news, pick up a copy of this week’s edition available Wednesdays at area retailers. Better yet, subscribe and the news will be delivered to you each week. For more information, call us at 330-852-4634.