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
Future office for our staff
This room will transform into a comfortable & inviting playroom for children and their families to visit.
The walk-out basement will accommodate The CALL Closet, a huge blessing for our children in foster care!
A delicious chocolate-covered evening full of decadent chocolate desserts and drinks will be accompanied by live music and a silent auction. This event promises to be the most delicious fundraiser for The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties!
Friday, April 22, 2016
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
First Baptist Church
211 S. Market Street, Benton
Tickets are $20 in advance or $140 for a reserved table for 8.
To learn more or purchase tickets online, click here.
To purchase your tickets in person, please contact Angela Moore at 501-707-4591. Tickets will be $25 at the door.
Proceeds from the event will be used to provide Saline and Perry counties the best possible resources to educate, equip, and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and a hope for children in Arkansas foster care. A big thanks goes out to our corporate sponsors Bryant Family Pharmacy, Mid South Mill Supply, and Training & Support Services, Incorporated.
The Silent Auction will begin on Facebook (The CALL in Saline/Perry Counties) on Tuesday, April 12 and will end at 8:15 pm at Changing Lives with Chocolate on April 22 at First Baptist Church in Benton.
A few auction items include:
Custom Kid’s Kitchen
Fly Fishing Trip
One Hour Massage
Arkansas Travelers Tickets
Family Photography Session
Mother’s Day Gift Basket
A Saline County builder, Ken Young, is donating the profits from the sale of a new home to The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties. Several local businesses donated materials for the beautiful home in the Hickory Heights subdivision in Benton. The spacious home includes four bedrooms and two bathrooms, many built-ins, hard wood floors, side-load garage, and is move-in ready. The kitchen is equipped with custom maple cabinetry, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances.
The home is currently for sale and the price has just been reduced. For photos of the home, please visit The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties Facebook page. Listing information can be found at Realtor.com. The home is open most days for viewing at 3024 Dapple Gray, Benton, AR 72015.
“This weekend was fabulous! It was a great way to connect with other parents that share our experiences. The speakers and [continuing education] were needed and full of good information. The connections and networking with other parents was a great boost and much needed and a great encouragement!”
“We found our people! We appreciate all the work that went into it. Thank you! The speakers were great. The time away was great, and we loved getting to know everyone better. But do we have to wait a year?! LOL”
In September, the foster and adoptive parents in Saline County met at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center for a weekend to relax, receive continuing education, and build relationships with other foster and adoptive parents.
The retreat was planned in response to the need for foster/adoptive parents to connect with other parents with the same unique parenting challenges. Speakers were chosen to address some of these challenges, including practical tips for raising kids from all backgrounds and finding the new ‘normal’ for our families after welcoming a new child.
Plenty of free time was scheduled to hike, canoe, play board games, connect with others, or snooze in a hammock. Saturday’s free time was kicked off with a picnic lunch that could be taken anywhere on the beautiful grounds of Ferncliff. One single foster parent brought her grown daughter (and support person) and they also enjoyed time reconnecting.
Plans are already being made for the next retreat in the fall of 2015. Our county realizes that this event needs to be a priority to continue to build into our foster and adoptive families and create a community of support. For more information on planning a retreat or to help with Saline & Perry Counties 2015 retreat, please contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children need to feel safe, wanted and loved. When you provide that to them, you begin to see some positive changes in their lives.
There are over 100 children in Saline County on any given day in foster care. All of them need loving, caring homes to live in. Several children have been placed in our county because they had no one to care for them in their own county. So not only were they taken away from the family that they knew, out of no fault of their own they also lost their friends, teachers, school, church home, etc.