Breakfast with Santa Tickets on Sale NOW!

We hope everyone had a safe, super fun Halloween! We promise we’ll still celebrate Thanksgiving (😜), but we’ve got our sights set on Christmas now- Breakfast with Santa tickets go on sale TODAY!!!! We are so, so excited about this year’s event and tickets usually go FAST. So make sure you pop into GROW (in Cornerstone Shopping Center) to grab your family’s now and join us on December 7th!

 

GHS Receives Sweet Donation

We could absolutely not be more honored recipients of a donation from our precious friends at the I ❤️ LK Memorial Fund. I ❤️ LK has been a faithful partner of The CALL from the very beginning, whether in funding, providing volunteers, or praying for our mission. Because we receive NO state funding and run purely on donations, this monetary donation is the fuel we need to continue to educate and equip families in their foster/adoptive care journeys (This amount will provide the required annual continued education hours for 6 foster or adoptive families). Lila Kate showed the extravagant love of Christ, the love that we pray all kids in foster care can experience through the Christian community and in a family. We were so blessed to know her. Truly humbling to be in the presence of so many amazing other nonprofits that serve children & families yesterday. We ❤️ LK!

The CALL at Buffalo Wild Wings

Oh my goodness what a night! Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who came out to buy shirts, eat wings, and raise funds for The CALL last night! And a special thank you to Buffalo Wild Wings for hosting us and for their extreme generosity! If you reserved a No Shave November shirt and weren’t able to pick it up yesterday, you may do so next Tuesday or Thursday from 9-2 at The CALL Support Center. We can also ship (shipping cost will be applied to your total)! We’ve still got shirts and other merch, people! Classic shirts available in kids and adult sizes in limited quantity for $10 (kids) and $15 (adults), Mugs for $5, Hats for $15, and No Shave November shirts for $20.

Thank you to the ladies of Westminster Mother’s Day Out for your AMAZING support!

 

No Shave November T-Shirts

Next Wednesday, October 23rd, The CALL will have T SHIRTS at Buffalo Wild Wings from 11:30-1:30 and 5:30-7:30! If you preordered a No Shave November shirt, we will have them available for pick up. Didn’t preorder? No problem! We will have a few extras for sale for $20! Added bonus: If you eat at Buffalo Wild Wings between 5-8pm and mention The CALL, BWW will generously donate 10% of your food bill back to our mission!

Don’t forget to wear them throughout November, especially on your church’s Stand Sunday.
Lake Valley & New Life Church are observing Stand Sunday on November 3; Crossgate & 2nd Baptist Malvern will be on November 10! Is your church observing Stand Sunday? Comment your church’s name and Stand Sunday date, so The CALL can be in prayer for your church family! If your church doesn’t have a designated Stand Sunday, wear your shirt on November 10, the international day of prayer for children in foster care.

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.