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.”
AWESOME 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.”
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.
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.
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!!
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!!
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!!!