Perry at the Pad

Summer is a time for barbecues, family vacations, and relaxing!  And in central Arkansas, it’s HOT!  We have a great opportunity to cool off on July 22 at the Tom Park Memorial Splash Pad in Perryville from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.  We will have hot dogs & drinks and share opportunities to serve the children in foster care through volunteering, fostering, or adopting. Representatives from the Department of Human Services, CASA and The CALL will be available to answer your questions.  Please bring your friends, neighbors, and your family and join us for an afternoon of fun!

Christmas in July

Beat the heat by thinking about Christmas!  We are celebrating Christmas in July to help serve our children in foster care and complete furnishing The CALL Home.  You may pick up a wish tag on our Christmas tree in The CALL Home or visit our Wish List online.  Bring gifts by The CALL Home on a Tuesday or Thursday between July 11-27 (9:00 am-3:00 pm) to receive an ornament and enjoy a Christmas cookie!  Tours of The CALL Home will also be available.

A Generous GIFT

 

The GIFT class from Benton’s First United Methodist Church blessed us with a day of service including cleaning up landscaping, painting, and hooking up appliances, and many more projects.  We appreciate our volunteers who help maintain The CALL Home! Is your church or organization interested in volunteering?  Call us at 501-574-2364 or email us at SalinePerry@TheCALLinArkansas.org.

 

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.

The CALL Home

A little over a year ago, The CALL staff & volunteers in Saline County recognized the need for a permanent location to accommodate our growing ministry. We have been borrowing an office and space for our foster care closet in two different locations, which was difficult to meet the needs of our foster & adoptive families. So we began praying and have been amazed at God’s provision!

The First Lutheran Church in Benton has offered the use of their parsonage at 2010 Military Rd. The home fits our needs perfectly and allows us to expand our ministry to our children, foster & adoptive families, and also include our partners at the Dept. of Children & Family Services & birth parents.

The home needs $94,000 worth of renovations to open, which gives our community a great opportunity to join us in this ministry! We have had teams of volunteers help with yard work, painting, roofing, and cleaning. We currently only have $12,000 left to raise by May 29, 2016. You may donate by clicking on the ‘Donate to The CALL Home Campaign’ button on the right to become a partner in this great opportunity.

The children in foster care in Saline & Perry Counties are our future. Please join us in serving them!

Room for support group meetings and training for our foster & adoptive families
Room for support group meetings and training for our foster & adoptive families

Future office for our staff
Future office for our staff

The walk-out basement will accommodate The CALL Closet, a huge blessing for our children in foster care!
The walk-out basement will accommodate The CALL Closet, a huge blessing for our children in foster care!

This room will transform into a comfortable & inviting playroom for children and their families to visit.
This room will transform into a comfortable & inviting playroom for children and their families to visit.