AMAZING THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN CLEBURNE COUNTY!!

UPDATE FROM THE CLEBURNE COUNTY COORDINATOR
 
June was another month to celebrate what God is doing in Arkansas through the Church! June was National Reunification Month and we know that God is in the business of restoring families! He uses his people to help facilitate that restoration.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”
Colossians 3:12-14 NLT
The second celebration was The CALL in Arkansas’ 10 Year Anniversary! In 10 years, 44 counties have become local affiliates, 1500 families have opened their homes, 800 adoptions have taken place, and over 10,000 kids lives have been changed! That is truly something to celebrate and give God the praise! Our community is growing in it’s awareness, compassion, and love everyday for hurting families.
  “You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Matthew 5:14-16 NLT
JUMPING JUNE MEETING


Thank you to Foothills Bible Church in Quitman for hosting our June support and informational meeting and providing childcare and dinner for us. Thank you to Craig Gammon with Methodist Family Homes for coming to speak to us about integrating the teaching family model. We had a great meeting and can’t wait for next month!!

PRIDE training is being held in July for foster and adoptive parents that are currently in the certification process. This month we have 6 families from Cleburne County and 12 families total who are signed up to attend!! We will also be holding a CPR certification class this month for current and in-process foster and adoptive families.
WE LOVE ADOPTION DAY!!

This month, we got to celebrate not one but two families in Cleburne County as they adopted precious children into their families! We are so excited that these sweet little ones have joined their forever families!! Congratulations to the Riggs and the Wilkins families!
DID YOU KNOW??
Did you know we have a freezer available at the CALL house to store meals for our foster families? These meals come in handy when families receive new placements or have just had an overwhelming day. Cooking dinner is one less thing they have to worry about.
Does your church have a cooking ministry, small group, or Sundayschool that would be be willing to make ahead meals to donate to our families? Or do you have a gift for cooking? This is just another way to volunteer for the CALL.
Help us stock our freezer!

Two of our recent deliveries to the CALL house freezer….

Ryan and Amanda Bush and their family made a yummy delivery to the CALL freezer. How cute are these kids volunteering for the CALL as a family?!
This was a yummy delivery made to the CALL house freezer by Jan Mella at Holiday Hills Methodist Women. She made some delicious Chicken Pot Pie Braids. Yum!!
HOW THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTS THE CALL
 
 Thank you so much to Connection Church for putting on this wonderful car show and donating the proceeds to The CALL in Cleburne County. We know how much time goes into organizing and hosting an event like this!! Thank you to those who entered their cars and those who came out to join the fun!! It was a beautiful day for a car show! If you didn’t make it to the 1st Annual Connection Church Car Show Benefit, you definitely missed out!! We are so thankful to have such an awesome community who supports local foster care!

The Airport Roll, Run, and Fun Fest located at the Heber Springs Airport took place in June. Thank you to Arkansas Collision Specialists for sponsoring this event and donating the proceeds to The CALL!! Thank you to everyone who participated and worked hard to make this event happen!! We are so grateful to all of you!!

Thank you to 101.9 The Lake- KSUG and the entire community for the support and donation made to The CALL from the block party held to celebrate 101.9’s one year Birthday celebration!! We are grateful for your support!!!
HOW THE CALL SUPPORTS DCFS

We love to show our appreciation for our DCFS workers!! Every month, The CALL takes these hard-working people some fun gifts!! This is what our July basket looked like!! We LOVE our DCFS workers and appreciate all of their hard work.
Thank you Therese McFall for faithfully putting our baskets together. We can’t wait to see what she will come up with next month!!
THE CALL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS!!
The CALL celebrated their 10th Anniversary of recruiting, training, and supporting foster and adoptive families in the state of Arkansas. It was a fun day for all of the families in attendance with fishing, inflatables for the kids, and much more. It was great to celebrate 10 years of seeing how God has moved through the churches in Arkansas to care for foster children! With so much brokenness in the lives of these families and with the system, it was good to focus on the positives of what we do. The assignment God has given each of us in this is VERY meaningful.

Hope and a future

With over 5,000 children in foster care and less than 2,000 foster homes, Arkansas is in a crisis. Since 2014, the number of children in foster care has steadily increased. The State of Arkansas is scratching its head, trying to figure out what to do about the problem.

James 1:27 states, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”

Since 2007, The CALL has gone into churches to challenge people to do one of two things: Foster or support those who are able to foster. Little by little, The CALL breaks down the barriers that have kept people from fostering for so long. Over the past 10 years, The CALL has answered the hard questions for numerous families. Once those questions were answered, many families were ready to start the foster care/adoption process.

The Bible tells us the church is the answer, so that is where The CALL starts. We go into churches and host recruitments. We share our hearts and the need for foster families and challenge people to support foster families. Then, it is up to the churches. We host an informational meeting for interested couples to hear more about becoming a foster or adoption family.

Potential families have to complete a massive amount of paperwork, 30 hours of training, CPR, and more in order to open up as a foster or adoption home. Without The CALL, these families would be left to navigate the process by themselves. Many families who do this on their own quit or take longer to open because of the lack of support. The CALL guides families through this process, answering any questions and helping iron out wrinkles.

Once a foster family is open, The CALL becomes a part of their village. The CALL Mall helps families with clothes, baby furniture, diapers, and other necessities at no cost. The CALL stays in touch with these families to ensure they have what they need physically, emotionally, and spiritually to be great foster parents.

In the past 10 years, The CALL has helped open over 1,161 foster homes and 369 adoption homes. Over 501 children have been adopted by families supported by The CALL.

When you become a foster parent or volunteer with The CALL or donate to The CALL, you are making a difference locally. You can see the fruits of your labor because the foster children you pour your life into will grow up to be contributing members of your community.
There is a great need for foster families, but we understand that not every is called or able to foster. Even if you cannot foster, there’s still something you can do. If it takes a village to raise a family, it takes an entire church to support a foster family. The CALL needs people willing to donate their time, talent, and resources to help us eliminate the crisis in Arkansas. Do you have an extra hour a week? Can you help out a few hours a month or maybe more? If so, check out the volunteer page to find out where you can get plugged in. The CALL has a place for you.

Can’t foster or volunteer? Donate. The CALL is a non-profit organization and we cannot do anything to support these families without the financial support of generous individuals and churches.

We are not all meant to do the same thing, but we are all supposed to do something.

Exciting things are happening in Cleburne County

UPDATE FROM THE CLEBURNE COUNTY COORDINATOR
April felt like one of those “out there” months where we were hitting every awareness opportunity possible. It started with our AR Gives “face off for foster families” pie challenge and ended with a yard full of Child Abuse Awareness pinwheels! Our leadership team was called in multiple times to smile for a photo for the newspaper to bring awareness to the need and the work of our ministry.

However, we are reminded daily that our true calling is to love and surrender to Jesus Christ. Meeting the needs of foster children, and recruiting, training and supporting foster families is our current assignment but it is not the end goal.

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Deuteronomy 6:5


AWESOME APRIL MEETING!!
The CALL in Cleburne County April meeting
We had a great turnout for our April meeting. We had several new volunteers and appreciate everyone that came to hear more about The CALL in Cleburne County.  Thank you so much to St. Francis Episcopal for hosting our meeting and providing us with a yummy home-cooked meal.


FOSTER CARE AWARENESS

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month!!

For the fourth year in a row, The CALL in Cleburne County has partnered with our local DCFS to draw awareness to the number of Cleburne County children in foster care and/or the number of foster homes through a creative court yard display for the month of May.

This year, we used beautiful, repurposed glass flower lawn ornaments that were created by Heber Springs local, Connie Masters, to represent the number of children. The theme is “Every child in foster care blooms with potential.”

Glass flower lawn ornaments and The CALL team
Glass flower lawn ornaments
The CALL team with May is National Foster Care Month banner
The flowers are for sale for $40 each!! This is to raise money for a new program which will recognize birthdays for each child in foster care in/from Cleburne County.

To purchase a flower for the birthday project, please choose a flower, noting the number on the back, and place your check, the flower number, and a return address on an envelope and drop it into the mail slot on the door of the CALL ministry house at 210 N. 4th St in Heber Springs. We will mark your flower as sold and you can pick it up on the last day of the month.


WE WERE BUSY IN APRIL!!

April was Child Abuse Prevention Month. The CALL in Cleburne County along with our DCFS partners planted a blue pinwheel garden on the lawn of the CALL house to recognize child abuse prevention. Pinwheels are the official symbol of Child Abuse Prevention Month. There are 5,172 children in foster care in Arkansas due to neglect, or physical or sexual abuse.

There is no excuse for child abuse. We hope that those driving by will see our pinwheels and it will bring awareness to child abuse prevention to our community.

For more information, visit, www.stopchildabuse.com.

The CALL house and team
The CALL house with pinwheels on lawn, symbols for Child Abuse Prevention Month


CAFO 2017

This year, The CALL in Cleburne County was very excited to once again participate in the annual Christian Alliance for Orphans conference. Leadership from The CALL around the state and our partners at DCFS were equipped and encouraged to continue the work we do on behalf of children and families in Arkansas. Every year we are reminded of how blessed we are to be a part of this conference and God’s ministry in serving His precious children.

CAFO conference
The CALL team from Cleburne County and state leadership at CAFO
At CAFO conference
CAFO conference


ADOPTION DAY!!!
Farmer family adoption
Farmer family adoption 2
We LOVE adoption days and couldn’t be more excited for this sweet family! Congratulations to the Farmer family on their new son! Thank you for answering the call and saying “YES!” We are praising God for one less teen in foster care!!


The church partners with The CALL
HOW THE CHURCH PARTNERS WITH THE CALL

  • Southside Baptist Church recently held a supply drive for the Call Mall and gave a monetary donation. Thank you, Carol Haller, for stepping in the new Church Rep role and for leading your church into action!
  • The United Methodist Women in Quitman made Easter Baskets for all our children in foster care!! Thank you so much ladies!!
  • Thank you to all of the churches that host our many meetings, trainings, and other events. Without all of you working together as one collective church, The CALL would not be possible!!

The community partners with The CALL
HOW THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS WITH THE CALL

  • The Cleburne County Community Foundation presented The CALL in Cleburne County with a grant at an awards dinner held at the Red Apple Inn. This grant will be used to recruit, train, and support more foster and adoptive homes in Cleburne County. Thank you to the Cleburne County Community Foundation and all you do for Cleburne County!
  • Thank you so much to First Electric for awarding the CALL a grant for training expenses. With this grant money, we will be able to train more foster and adoptive families in our county.
  • Thank you to everyone in the community for donating to AR Gives on behalf of The CALL in Cleburne County!! We are always in awe of how the community supports us with their generous donations on this day!!
  • Walk for The Waiting was a huge success this year!! It was a beautiful day to go and walk on behalf of our foster children. We had over 300 runners and over 1,000 walkers!! Thank you to all the donors who helped raise over $260,000 towards our goal of no more waiting kids!!!