October 30, 2009
As promised, we are writing to keep you informed of happenings with the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes family and the impact you are making as a Woman of Compassion. Your commitment is helping us continue in our mission to provide Christ centered services to children and families in need.
Our inaugural Women of Compassion membership voted to give a portion of the collective contributions to three areas:
1.Furnishings for the Protected Harbors home in Ft. Myers
2.Sanctity of Human Life ministry
3.Independent living support for residents that age out of the foster care system.
To date, Protected Harbors, the home for the developmentally delayed adult on our Ft. Myers campus has broken ground. When completed the home will be approximately 5200 square feet and be able to house six developmentally delayed adult women with their own bedroom and bath. We don’t have an estimated date for the completion of construction but the funds have been set aside to assist in furnishing the home once it’s complete.
This year Sound the Call Conference celebrated ten years. Florida Baptist Children’s Homes Director of Sanctity of Human Life, Mary Lou Hendry coordinated this conference. Andy Merritt served as the key note speaker and is considered the father and pioneer of the Crisis Pregnancy Center Movement (now known as Pregnancy Resource Center) for Southern Baptist.
Andy has traveled nationwide assisting in the establishment and/or training of over 500 Pregnancy Resource Centers. The three day conference hosted many nationally recognized speakers and offered sixteen different sessions to encourage and educate the men and women on the front line of the chose life movement. Due to the generosity of our Women of Compassion we were able to provide scholarships to 21 of the 210 individuals that attended.
Lastly, Josh Kelchner, a former resident of our Ft. Myers campus applied for the WOC independent living scholarship and was approved by President, Jerry Haag. Josh graduated from high school in 2008 and garnered numerous achievements, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award that he received personally from George Bush. He was appointed to West Point Military Academy where he serves as one of three top ranking officers of his class. He is using the scholarship funds to help provide for his living and educational expenses not covered by his military and academic scholarships.
As you can tell, your membership in Women of Compassion is making a significant impact in the lives of many. We are grateful for your support and encourage you to share our mission with friends that might want to be a part of something with eternal significance. The Executive Committee will be meeting Oct. 30th on the Lakeland campus to discuss opportunities for service for 2010.
Please begin praying that many women would be compelled to join us in providing for the children God places in the care of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes. If you know of someone that would be interested in joining you as a Woman of Compassion please contact Andrea Shirey at firstname.lastname@example.org , Julie Boyd email@example.com. We would be delighted to make their acquaintance and introduce them to Women of Compassion. If we can be of any service to you or answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Florida Baptist Children’s Homes
Director of Development
(863) 687‐8811 x222 office
(863) 682‐3157 fax