In these early days of The Care Portal ministry, there have been a number of churches who have answered the calls for family preservation help. In one Care Portal request, a single father of four teenage children – two of which have special needs – desired to keep the family unit together but was struggling. The home was in desperate need of exterminator services, and the cost of the exterminator services was around $700. The landlord of the home was only willing to contribute $250, leaving a gaping hole of $450 and a disheartened father at the prospects of putting his children in the system.
When Colonial Presbyterian Church in Kansas City responded to this request, it put to rest the haunting what ifs of the child welfare system. The children can stay with their father, with each other. The social worker who created the request noted the uniqueness of the request and commented that The Care Portal is a “great way to engage [the] church in awareness of needs and meeting needs and partner with other churches.”
In another Care Portal request, a single mother who had left her abusive husband had finally been able to save enough money to get her own apartment; however, she was in need of a dresser and a kitchen table and chairs. In order to keep her family together, this mother needed some assistance simply to create a more stable, less cluttered environment. When New Life Assembly of God in Concordia, MO, responded to this request, they provided not only concrete goods but family preservation. The social worker who closed this request offered her own perspective, stating that “I think the Care Portal is the perfect opportunity to be church as described in Acts.”
Exterminator services or family breakdown? A dresser and a kitchen table or foster care? Product of the family or product of the system? These are the real alternatives before us. You choose.
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