Annual Report: Welcoming Hope

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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

Frank arrived with 32 broken bones

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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

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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

The gift of family!

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And you will recognize him by this sign: You will
find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.
Luke 2:12 (NLT)

This Christmas and throughout the year at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, we have children of all ages in our care who are in need of a loving, caring family. We are humbled and blessed to consistently witness children’s lives transformed.… Read More

Magnificent transformation!

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Twins, Gracie* and Jacob*, arrived in the middle of the night to our campus. The twins were visibly thin and wearing soiled clothing. They were welcomed into a warm cottage home with two beds that were made up with cozy blankets and pillows. Gracie and Jacob took a bath, brushed out their knotted hair and climbed into clean pajamas.… Read More

A fresh start this school year

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PSALM 119:66 (NIV)


Jessa*, a 5-year-old girl, arrived on one of our campuses with a tear-stained face and all her possessions in a small paper sack. As you can expect, she was nervous to be in a new place.

Since it was late when Jessa arrived, a house mom gave her clean pajamas, read her a story and tucked her into bed.… Read More

At-risk children

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Ben*, a seven-year-old boy served through our backpack program, saw tremendous improvement in his grades this past school year because he had access to healthy foods over the weekends. He was able to return to school on Monday mornings with his tummy full and ready to learn! We are currently providing 477 children like Ben with backpacks full of food each month.… Read More

Help new seeds sprout!

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Yes, I will give a gift to help plant seeds of hope for children!

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Dear Friends,

His mother would leave him home alone with little money for food. Because he lacked the nutritious food his growing body needed, Cameron* became weak and malnourished. He was brought to live in one of our campus cottages at age 10.… Read More

Happy New Year!

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We want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy New Year! We would also like to pause for a moment to say thank you for all the ways you have helped Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, Orphan’s Heart and The Porch Light make 2015 count for children.

Here are just five of the many reasons we are grateful for you!… Read More

Give HOPE this Christmas!

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Much like your own children or grandchildren, the children in our care are anticipating the arrival of Christmas day! That is why it brings us such great joy when we are able to provide abundantly for our children, most of who have received very little during their lives!

This Christmas at Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, there are children in our care who have tremendous physical and emotional needs.… Read More