On Tuesday I spoke to a friend via facebook messenger about Miracle Hill Children's Home in Pickens, South Carolina. She and her husband both work for Miracle Hill Ministries. We had a chat about the work they do and the need for foster parents in and around the area of Pickens and Greenville, South Carolina.
Miracle Hill Ministries is a faith based organization that provides numerous services to the greater Greenville, South Carolina area, they also do outreach in Gaffney, Spartanburg, and Pickens. Their outreach is VAST and has many, many aspects. Too many for one blog. But because of my love for children I wanted to focus specifically on the Children's Home. My husband worked for a Children's Home in Northern New York for a time. The stories of the children who came there to stay were unforgettable and many were heart breaking. When I saw my friend's message on Facebook seeking Foster Parents, I asked if I could do a blog about their work.
I know you're asking what does this have to do with knitting? :) That's coming. But first I wanted to write a little about what Miracle Hill does at the Children's home. "Miracle Hill Children’s Home continues to be known as a place of refuge for children from birth to age 18. The children’s home was founded in 1958 to care for unwanted, troubled, neglected and abused children who had no place to stay. Of the children we serve, some are born addicted to drugs. Others experience anger and frustration when dealing with issues and problems in their lives. Every day, we offer crisis and long-term care, as well as foster care licensing. In home-style environments with house mentors, children in our care receive personal counseling, food, shelter, education, discipline and unconditional love – all within a Christian framework." https://miraclehill.org/children/childrens-home/
Foster homes are an important part of caring for our youngest citizens. We all here so often about the cases of abuse ect in Foster Homes. Just like any sector of society there are bad elements. I personally, happen to know that there are wonderful foster parents out there who do fantastic work. Its such a vital role to play in a child's life. Whether its a stop gap measure until parents can get back on their feet or a long term situation, Fostering can make all the difference in the world to a child.
Miracle Hill Ministries helps train foster parents "Over 2,000 children are in foster care in the Upstate of South Carolina, and because of a shortage of foster homes, hundreds more children are waiting, in need of a foster home. Miracle Hill has made it our mission to find Christian foster parents. Being a resource foster parent is a tremendous blessing and directly answers God’s call in James 1:27.
Since 1988, Miracle Hill has been recruiting Christian foster families – both single and married — and providing them with vital support throughout the licensing process, placements and beyond. In addition to developing relationships with our resource foster parents, our skilled team prays for them, and accompanies them to various meetings and proceedings within the court system.
While loving Christian homes for children of all ages are always needed, there is a special need for toddlers, ages 2 to 5, teenagers, and sibling groups." https://miraclehill.org/children/foster-care/
Miracle Hill Ministries is in need of Foster Homes right now. If you are interested in helping please see the link above. The State of South Carolina has required that children be in Foster Homes not in group homes and though Miracle Hill Ministries has had group homes for children for decades they are now dramatically expanding their Foster Care program. Obviously many of us, like myself, live outside the state of South Carolina. There are links on each of the pages I have shared to ways you can give financially.
Okay now to the knitters/crocheters, and those who use looms... How can we help foster care. In every state in the United States and in most countries around the world there are programs like Foster Care and orphanages. Contact your local department of social services or child services to see if YOU can be involved. Offer to help start a "forget me not" scarf program for the kids who are too old to be in foster care. Let them know someone cares! AND Lets not forget one of my favorite charities Knit for KIDS! World Vision's incredible program for helping children around the world stay warm! YAY!!! http://knitforkids.org/get-involved/step-1/ Here's your chance to make a child's day. Carpe Diem. :)
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