The November issue of Life in Chenal contains an article featuring Little Rock residents Lauri and Phillip Currier. And since Lauri is the Executive Director of The CALL, a significant part of the article tells the story of The CALL, as well as Lauri’s personal connection with foster care and adoption through her dad’s experience! Click to read the article (pdf).
The CALL in Columbia County started in October 2013 as a God driven desire in the hearts of several people, many of whom didn’t know each other at the time. But His timing is perfect, and when He is ready to bring a task to completion, things come together with full force.
There is an urgent need for foster and adoptive homes in Columbia County. The number of children in foster care in our county greatly exceeds the number of foster homes we have available to care for them.
As a result, local children are placed in foster homes or shelters in other counties. This means changing schools, longer drive times to visitations and leaving friends and familiar places behind. An overall sense of displacement is added to their already turned upside-down world. These children need a loving home in a community that is familiar to them.
God is giving Christian families in our area an exciting opportunity to have an eternal impact on children in foster care and those available for adoption. If just one family from each church in Columbia County became a foster family, we would have a surplus of homes for our local kids.
Not everyone is called to be a foster or adoptive parent but there are so many more ways our congregations can be actively involved in caring for the hurting children of our community. We couldn’t operate without volunteers from the local church.
The need is great. Please help us answer the call!
Friday, December 6, Larry’s Pizza will be hosting an all-day fundraiser for the CALL. Bring your entire family – invite your friends! Indulge in the unique experience of what Larry’s calls “the lazy man’s buffet.” Larry’s Pizza is located at 2919 Towson Avenue in Fort Smith, AR. 10% of the day’s sales will be donated to the CALL.
If you can’t make it to Larry’s, a kind donation to the CALL would be greatly appreciated. Families are needed – children are waiting. Every child deserves a “slice” of contentment that only a loving family can provide.