2012 Annual Report

Leader's Message

Lauri Currier

Lauri Currier
Executive Director
The CALL

No waiting children – that’s what we are working toward! Whether temporary or permanent, the 7,000 children who spend time in care every year deserve a safe home where they can heal and grow and experience unconditional love. This is exactly what God did for each of us!

I am amazed by the incredible energy and commitment of the hundreds of foster and adoptive families mobilized by The CALL statewide. Foster families minister to hurting children and their biological families - helping to heal and reunify! Adoptive families take on the radical job of parenting children suffering from the effects of abuse and neglect. Many families have told me that this is the hardest job you will ever love – and that the blessings they receive far outweigh any sacrifices.

Volunteers bring local CALL affiliates to life, mobilize local churches, recruit and train families, and support them as they invest in the lives of children. Did I mention that these amazing people are volunteers? They are enthusiastic, positive, motivated, industrious, resourceful, and inspiring! I cannot say often enough how much I appreciate the dedication of every person it takes to make The CALL run statewide. You are the heart and soul of The CALL.

To our partners at the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services - thank you for helping grow this unique relationship between a faith-based initiative and a government agency. It is so exciting to be involved in cutting edge work in the field of child welfare. Our challenge is to continue to develop this unique collaboration so that we can share our model with other agencies and initiatives, so children around the nation will have homes.

When God gives a vision, he also provides! Certainly, the work of The CALL would not possible without our donors. You are finding homes for kids. With your help we will reach that day when there will be no waiting children in Arkansas foster care – instead there will be Christian foster and adoptive families waiting to take them in. What a glorious day that will be!

Until no child is waiting,


Cecile Blucker

Cecile Blucker
Director
Division of Children and Family Services
Department of Human Services

Partnering with The CALL for the last 5 years has really helped DCFS recruit quality foster homes to help us meet the placement needs of the children we serve.

During State Fiscal Year 2012, we served 7,759 children in foster care and today we have 3,803 children in care. With the recruitment efforts of The CALL, we have more homes available to take care of those children who had to be removed from their home. When we talk with the children who come into care they tell us they want to be placed in a home setting — one with a mom, dad, brothers, sisters, etc. With The CALL recruiting homes in counties so children can be placed in their home county, allows children to remain in their local communities, allows them to be able to attend school and keep their relationships with relatives and friends.

It is not enough for us to just provide a "safe place" for the children we serve — we need to address all of the issues children have. It is traumatic for children to be removed from everything he or she has known regardless if they have been abused or neglected.

Even with the recruitment efforts of The CALL, we only have 1,152 foster homes available to the children we serve annually. DCFS looks forward to continuing and expanding our partnership with The CALL in the recruitment of more homes. I can remember when The CALL was only in 1 county — now The CALL is in 25 counties. One of the keys to our successful partnership is we want the same for the children — we want them to be loved, cared for and nurtured — we want them loved as if they were our own.

As I have said numerous times, WE are making a difference in the lives of the children we serve and we will continue to do so. With each passing day, we will get better at it!

We appreciate The CALL and we appreciate the love they show to the children they serve.


2012 Donors

Church Partners

Arkansas Prairie Youth Fellowship

Centennial Fellowship Church

Central Christian Church

Central Church of Christ

Christ the King Catholic Church

Christian Life Cathedral

Cornerstone Bible Fellowship

Damascus United Methodist Church

Eastside Baptist Church

Family Church, Inc.

Fellowship Bible Church

Fellowship North

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church Maumelle

First Christian Church

First United Methodist Church

Geyer Springs First Baptist Church

Grace Baptist Church

Immanuel Baptist Church (Pulaski)

Immanuel Baptist Church (VanBuren)

Indian Springs Baptist Church

Landmark Missionary Baptist Church

Main Line Full Gospel Church

Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church WMA

Mt. Zion General Baptist Church

New Life Fellowship

Newsong Church Assembly of God

Outreach Center Church

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church (VanBuren)

Pleasant Valley Church of Christ

Pretty in Pink Proverbs 16-3

Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church

Scotland Baptist Church

Southside Baptist Church

St. Francis Episcopal Church

St. Mark Baptist Church

The Ark

The Church at Rock Creek

The Grove Church

The Meeting Place Ministries

The River Bible Church

Trinity Baptist Church

Trinity Episcopal Church

Wood Street Assembly of God

Foundations

Arkansas Community Foundation

Bailey Foundation

TCH Brinkley Foundation

The Robert C Englin Foundation

The Wal-Mart Foundation

Windgate Charitable Foundation

Corporate Partners

ABC Financial Services, Inc.

AmediStaf, LLC

Arkansas Arts Council

Arvest Bank (Benton/Washington)

Bound by Nature

C & K Management, LLC

CEC Entertainment

CenterPoint Energy Service Co., LLC

Chapter BN P.E.O Sisterhood

Chick-fil-A (Benton)

Chico's Retail Services, Inc.

County of Van Buren

Crye Leike Brock Real Estate

Curran's Abstract & Title Company

Datek Inc.

David L. Ouellette, DDS PA

Dust Bunny Clean, Inc.

Fairfield Federal Credit Union

First Arkansas Bank & Trust

Frost Oil Company

Grayson & Grayson, PA

Green Dental Laboratories

Heart of Arkansas United Way

Heber Springs Sonic Drive In

Holiday Inn Express

Jimmy Hudspeth Architect, PA

June Painter Heber Theatre

Nesco, Inc.

Northwest Arkansas Naturals

ORE

Pine Bluff National Bank

Shelton's Jewelry & Gift Gallery

Simmons First National Bank

Southern Bank

Stuttgart Kiwanis Club

The Jeweler's Touch

Wayne Smith Trucking

Wear & Share, Inc.

Webb Pathology LLC


2012 Financial Information

Funds Available $449,070

Individual $235,233

Churches $54,030

Corporations $97,927

Foundations $35,900

Events $15,987

Other $9,994

Funds Applied $449,070

Administrative $7,938

Program Support $369,038

Project: New Video $5,000

Projected Staff Needs $55,800

Increase In Net assets $11,295