"What good is it for you to gain the whole world, yet forfeit your soul?"
The Calvary Orphan Outreach Ministry has chosen to help by:
Adopting a Case Manager (ACM): Families in crisis or who are struggling have a need for an advocate, mentor, and a resource to provide items that the state cannot purchase. Children's Service Workers, the family's "Case Managers," assess the family’s needs on an on-going basis. With child safety and healthy families as the goal, the family's Case Manager can be your avenue to support the family while respecting the family's right to privacy and confidentiality.
Helping to establish a local resource redistribution and allocation website similar to the Provide Network, which was developed by a Jefferson City Faith Based Partnership to allow the entire community to see what local Foster Care needs are and provide a confidential avenue for anyone in the community to help provide for these needs. This resources web site will need approximately one to two individuals to set up the site and then 4-6 individuals to vet need requests and write them up in a manner that protects confidentiality prior to placing them on the website.
Encouraging ministry members to become Respite Care Providers-- Respite care is the provision of temporary, substitute care for children in the Children’s Division custody and placed into the home of a licensed Foster, Relative, or Kinship provider. Respite is designed to provide relief to the care providers from the constant stressors of providing out-of-home care for children.
Hosting the Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner at Calvary Chapel, using our ministry's resources to host and honor those individuals and families that are on the front-lines of providing care for the abused, neglected, and vulnerable children in Lincoln and Pike counties.
Becoming Foster Parents. See bottom of this web page for training dates.
Future Potential Areas of Need:
Case Managers may have 20 or more foster children or families that they work with for several weeks, months, or years. The needs of these children and their families vary.
Mentors for the Areas of:
Nutrition Personal Hygiene
Parenting Stress Management
Time Management Family Recreation
Tutoring System Management
Providing Used Items to families in need:
Futons Cribs* Car Seats* Clothing** Toys or Electronics
Kitchen: furniture, large and small appliances, dishes, pots & pans, and storage containers
Bedroom: furniture, alarm clocks, bedding, towels
* Must be new enough to meet current safety standards.
** Should be clean and only slightly worn.
Providing New Items to families in need:
Cleaning supplies (wash rags and towels)
Sanitary / Hygiene Supplies
Underclothes (children, youth, and adult)
Food: groceries, nutritious snacks, basic staples, baby formula or food
Volunteers needed to help with:
Vehicles to move furniture with
House cleaning assistance
Furniture storage (short term)
You can help with specific projects such as:
Foster Parent and Adoption Recruitment Activities
Adopt a School
Providing attire for special events for foster children
(prom, camp, extra-curricular activities)
Community Advocate for the needs of the children and families served.
If you have any questions, ideas, items to donate, or interest in serving within our ministry, please contact Kim and John Silverberg at 314-265-4554. Or you can send a e-mail using Kim's e-mail link on the side navigation bar.