For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.
Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.
Proverbs 2:10-11 (NLT)
As the first day of school approaches, I am mindful that some of our children are anxious about returning to the classroom. Many of the children who live at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes (FBCH) are several grade levels behind because of difficult past circumstances.
Johnny* is a nine-year-old boy living in one of our emergency shelters. When he arrived, he was two years behind in school. Imagine for a moment being away from your home, family and friends and then being in a new classroom with children much younger than you. Johnny’s situation was far from ideal.
Through the persistent work of our emergency shelter staff and the unrelenting grace of God, we have seen tremendous improvement in Johnny’s grades and in his demeanor. This past grading period, Johnny even made the honor roll. His smile when earning his award was proof of his hard work, dedication and newfound confidence!
The FBCH emergency shelters are 24-hour intake facilities designed for the short-term care of school-age boys and girls who are in crisis and need immediate placement. These children may be homeless, abused, abandoned, neglected or caught up in a devastating family conflict.
In order to get a child’s education back on track, our staff works persistently to prepare them for the school year ahead. This preparation includes providing the child with specialized tutoring, required school supplies, clothes, care and encouragement. FBCH provides care for school-age children in many different settings including our campus cottages, foster homes, compassion centers and emergency shelters.
We are committed to making sure all of our children have the required tools to have a successful school year. Please make a gift today to ensure every child has the tools needed to receive a quality education. We cannot properly care for children like Johnny without your partnership. The children in our care will be so thankful for your generosity!
Together for Children,
Jerry T. Haag, Ph.D., CFP ®
President, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, The Porch Light & Orphan’s Heart
YOUR DONATION WILL PROVIDE:
☐ $50 – Two Field Trips
☐ $200 –School Supplies
☐ $275 – School Clothing
☐ $475 – School Clothing & Supplies
☐ $600 – School-Related Activities
☐ Other $__________
*Name, certain details and photograph have been changed for reasons of confidentiality.
**Your gifts will be applied to the area that you designate. If designated gifts should exceed the amount required for a particular need, then those funds will be applied to the area of greatest need for our children.