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Stories - 2009 Archives

Logan's Family Finds Healing

Fifteen-year-old Logan sits on a concrete bench in front of her aunt’s home. Her aunt and grandmother sit beside her. They chat and smile. Laughter fills the air. Today, it’s easier for the family to spend time together. A year ago, it would not have been possible.

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John Paul's Hope Grows at BCH

Tears fill John Paul’s father’s eyes. He says the tears come easily when he thinks of his son. But while the tears could have been tears of sorrow, today they are tears of gratitude.

“Baptist Children’s Homes is doing for him what I cannot,” John says. John is very sick. Fears about John Paul’s future pushed him to find help for his son.

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Forgiveness Is Roberta's Story

Roberta can’t help but smile as she sits with her children by the lake at Broyhill Home. The family unpacks fresh, chicken salad sandwiches and cool drinks from their picnic basket. Noah and Hannah eat pausing every so often to observe fish splashing in the placid waters. Roberta reminices about days gone by when she

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Mike Rounds Up New Courage

Mike makes good choices. Mike’s “exceptionally good” work ethic opens doors. Mike shows courage as he learns to focus on the future and not live in his past. “Before I was a joke,” Mike confesses. “I did everything I ‘wasn’t’ supposed to do. I had no control over myself.”

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Dillon Faces Promising Future

The smell of sausage lingers in the Kennedy Home cottage. Child care worker Kisha Little cooks a hearty breakfast most every morning. The boys show their appreciation helping to clean the kitchen and to put away the dishes.

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All About Andy Snovak

Andy Snovak is a unique person. Before he became a child care worker for Baptist Children’s Homes, he was in the U.S. Air Force and served as a military policeman. He also was a fourth-grade school teacher and earned his teaching degree from UNC-Charlotte.

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Jessica Lives Amazing Life

As the darkness creeps out from the bushes in the neighborhood park and fills the public places, Jessica wrestles her fears. She has nowhere to go, and during the day she moves from place to place, homeless.

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Whitney Finds New Reason

Baby’s giggles float on the cool morning breeze. The sweet smell of red roses captures the senses as the sun breaks through the pines standing in a row along the backyard fence line. Whitney is far from the raw, dangerous life that was swallowing her. She was spiraling downward into a life of despair and hopelessness.

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Paulina's Right at Home

The rain is coming down hard. Paulina darts from the van to the back door of Huffman Cottage and slips inside safe from the storm. She has spent her Saturday working at a local restaurant – she is saving to buy her first car.

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Alexus Scores A Brighter Future

Her shorts, socks and leg pads are packed in her athletic duffle. She tucks her brush and hair band in a side pocket. The school day ahead promises to be hectic for this “A” student, and it won’t end with the final bell.

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Rusty Sets Mind On Doing the Right Thing

Rusty and his fellow camper Caleb meet on the log bench in the center of their campsite. The dirt paths that connect the campers’ tents are well trod. The smudge pots that keep the paths lit in the darkness have been extinguished. The group is preparing to trek to the Chuckwagon for breakfast.

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