PCs, Pals & A Purpose

RJ WaltersNews, Volunteers in Action

Jackson* is a young boy who struggled at times during his second go-round of 2nd grade, and he is being raised by his sweet grandmother as his father serves a prison sentence. But he has experienced a breakthrough and is ready to take on 3rd grade after making the honor roll.

Delonte*, Martin* and Irving* come from a Spanish-speaking family and extra English tutoring is helping prepare them for the rest of their lives.… Read More

Coffee, Art & Helping Kids

RJ WaltersEvents, News

Patrons visiting a Lakeland coffee shop, just up the road from our international headquarters, will have the opportunity throughout the month of June to make a positive impact on children by purchasing artwork and learning more about Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, The Porch Light and Orphan’s Heart as they enjoy their espresso drinks and fresh baked goods.… Read More

5 Ways to Make Summer Count

RJ WaltersNews, Volunteers in Action

What are you doing this summer? Are you and your family headed to the beach for some rest and relaxation? Are you a youth minister or youth group gearing up for summer camp? Maybe you’re a college student with road trips, local coffee shops and cold brew on your mind.

Regardless of your plans, the summer is approaching fast, and we want to encourage and remind you to serve.… Read More

Annual Report: Welcoming Hope

RJ WaltersNews, Saved Lives, Changed Lives

At Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, The Porch Light and Orphan’s Heart we are blessed to be able to see life-long and eternal impacts made through our services and programs, thanks to our compassion, expert staff and generous donors, volunteers and supporters. We get to see single mothers restored and learn how to be the parents God made them to be; we get to see children open their hearts to Christ as we fill their bellies with life-changing food; and we exist to provide hope, healing and often times justice to those who cannot speak for themselves.… Read More

Sea of Red Floods FBCH

RJ WaltersEvents, Volunteers in Action

Employees from Keller Williams (KW) fashioned a sea of RED on the Joe K. Blanton Campus of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes on Thursday, May 11 and provided food to more than 2,500 people around Polk County as part of RED Day, the company’s annual day of service.

“Wow, it’s like Amazon in here!” shouted a KW employee as she gazed at the warehouse filled with food, household items and more at the Harold Clark Simmons Compassion Center.… Read More

Four Tips for a Good Fight

RJ WaltersNews

Ashley*, a young girl living at The Porch Light safe home, left school truly concerned.

Ashley discovered that her best friend resorted to cutting herself to deal with being bullied at school and family issues at home. Ashley’s friend lacked the needed support and encouragement to help sustain her during hard times.

Where encouragement lacks, hopelessness blooms.… Read More

Your Scars Have Value

RJ WaltersNews

Do you have a scar? Scars are proof that trauma once inflicted a wound on you.

Maybe a bone was broken at the playground, you injured yourself playing sports, or, maybe the scar runs deeper, and you were a victim of abuse. Big or little, scars ultimately tell a story. We think of scars being physical, but we also wear emotional scars that seemingly have an amplifier attached to them.… Read More

Frank arrived with 32 broken bones

Danita PetersonSaved Lives, Changed Lives

In 2016, nearly 16,000 children in Florida were removed from their home because of abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. Many of those children are like Frank*, who came into the care of one of our foster families several years ago, arriving with 32 broken bones. His biological family initially claimed that Frank had a genetic bone disease but it was soon determined that his injuries were a result of extreme child abuse.… Read More

Do good and share with those in need

Danita PetersonSaved Lives, Changed Lives

Her heart must have been thudding in her chest as she sat squeezed between two older women in the backseat of a vehicle that was driven by an Uber driver. They began to yell at her, “You need to get your priorities straight….We need to make this money!” I imagine the pit in Angela’s* stomach began to grow as they neared the motel.… Read More