Ministry Centers

The Ministry Centers in Russia collectively serve as a “home away from home” for older orphaned youth, young adults, and their young families. These programs are designed to holistically  address their spiritual, emotional, physical, and medical needs as they are transitioning from life in an orphanage to a healthy, independent life.

Each volunteer and staff member of the Ministry Centers are advocates who fight for every orphaned and vulnerable child, teen, and young adult to know God, experience the blessing of a family, and to have the opportunity to develop independent living skills. The Ministry Centers provide a physical space for orphanage graduates to attend programs and receive services. Each of our programs focuses on helping young adults succeed by creating the relationships and resources they need to thrive and succeed.

“I am very fortunate to have the Ministry Center and this program in my life. It’s a place  where  I  can  turn for  advice,  where  I  can  get  help  with  solving  any  type  of problem,  where  my  son  and  I  can  get  some  rest  and  have  some  fun, and where  I  can gain more knowledge and experience in child care.”
—Nastya

Programs at the Ministry Centers

Communication Club

Encourages young adults to express their feelings in healthy ways. The program format includes various lectures, projects, field trips, videos, discussions, theatrical role play, and integrative games.

Leaders Program
Unites active participants of Ministry Center programs who are focused on getting a good education, leading healthy lifestyles, and who are socially adjusted in the community. These young adults are willing to share their positive experiences with younger orphaned and vulnerable children who still live in orphanages or have just graduated.

Jobs for Life
The Ministry Center partners with regional employment agency specialists to conduct evaluations of program participants to determine their professional inclinations and job compatibilities during this four-month program. The second stage of the program includes life and job skills education, blended with therapy and social adaptation training.

Mentorship Program
Provides social and emotional support from mentors to mentees. Designed to involve mentees in Ministry Center activities and training lessons, build meaningful relationships between mentor and mentee, and provide leadership training skills for mentors.

Young Mothers Program
This program provides psychological, social, and financial aid to young single mothers in crisis situations. The objective of this program is to come alongside female orphanage graduates and support them with resources to succeed in their role as mothers. Once a month, young mothers come to group sessions in the Ministry Centers. The topics discussed include baby’s food and nutrition, baby’s hygiene, contraceptive methods, and wise money management. The program manager and the Ministry Center counselor hold individual counseling sessions with mothers multiple times a week, and even call mothers who can’t attend the program at the Ministry Center. Every week an early childhood development caregiver conducts classes for children ages 6 – 36 months old. These classes are specifically designed to help young children develop and learn through educational play. They also help young mothers learn about their children, and how to participate in and encourage their child’s development. The caregiver teaches mothers how to spend intimate time with their babies to support the development of a strong parent-child bond.

“I would like to express deep gratitude to everyone who has been helping us and our children. Words cannot describe how grateful we are for your thoughtfulness and care for the ones in need. The Ministry Center has become a second home for my son and I. This is a place where we come to talk, have tea and take part in different activities. We spend a lot of time here, as we love the atmosphere and the staff.”
—Polina