Not if you’re a foster child. In fact, spend enough time in “the system” and you might have as many as 10 families or more by the time you’re 18. Then you’re on your own.
Children’s HopeChest introduces The Joel Home, a local program designed to help young people in transition answer that question when they age out of the system, “Now what?” This safe, supportive home for vulnerable teens provides a haven after they age out of the foster care system.
The end goal? To reverse wounding legacies and turn them into journeys of hope by helping these young adults find their potential through God’s eyes. This promise helps them courageously start down a path toward change.
“For me, finding out about the Joel Home came just in time — about a week before I had to face hell (homelessness). It doesn’t take much for a kid like me, with no resources, to give up on everything, so it’s good to know someone is here who cares enough to provide shelter, a shower and utilities. The Joel Home is an encouraging place where you know God’s there and people who care are there to help me succeed. “
“I’ve found an environment of fellowship at the Joel Home. It’s a place where I don’t feel alone. There are people to talk to and my mentor is always there to provide a listening ear. The home has taught me the importance of recognizing and respecting rules. It’s a place that can really help guys like me have hope for my future.”
In the Bible, the book of Joel begins with major devastation. But it also ends with God blessing His people with His presence forever, enabling those who seek and trust Him to receive the newness only God can give. Revelation 21:5 sums it up well: “He (The Lord God) makes all things new!”
We are looking for four frontier community partners to each fully sponsor one resident at the Joel Home. Each resident requires $1,700 in support in order to change their legacy and launch them into the world as a healthy adult. To overcome the abuse and neglect of the system they’ve been raised in, we need committed partners. As the number of homes increase, the individual costs per/resident will decrease. With 5 homes the cost would decrease to approximately $660/resident.
Give individually: $45/month or more
For only $45/month, you can help support one of the residents. Your funds would be pooled with others to help fully support one resident.
Give Together: $500/month or more
Team up with your small group, book club, or colleagues to support at a higher level of giving to support one of our residents.
Frontier Community Partner: Full Participant Sponsorship: $1,700/month
The best opportunity for churches or businesses, you give $1,700 per month to cover one resident’s participation in the Joel Home. Community Partners can engage individuals and groups within their church to build a greater base of support.
Community Partner: Full Home Sponsor: $6,870/month
For $6,870 per month, your church or business can become the full home sponsor to all four residents. We want to have launched 3 homes by the end of 2013.
What your investment provides:
To find out more about becoming a Joel Home community partner, getting an updated “Wish List”, or to arrange a presentation and tour, please contact Gail Wahl at 719.955.4127 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to financial contributions, The Joel Home is frequently in need of the following items. To get an updated list of needs, please contact Gail Wahl at email@example.com.
Movie viewing of the journey of three foster youth from Montana who aged out of the system. It isn’t about a night of entertainment because this is real life. This is their story and their reality; “From Place To Place”.
Where: Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
When: May 20, 2013 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Who: Youth, Professionals and Community Members
You will also hear from three local youth raised in our Colorado Springs foster care system. Allow them a voice and come hear what they have to say.