Despite uncertain times, Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) has been undeterred in embracing opportunities to grow its outreach to vulnerable children, families, and individuals. “We at BCH never shy away when God leads,” said BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell. “This is a time of rapid change and with that change comes a good amount of uncertainty. But it is not a time to falter.” BCH is in the process of adding and expanding its footprint through key ministry initiatives:
River Hill Refuge: Construction of three new family foster homes in Shelby, NC is well underway. Couples aspiring to be foster parents will be able to do so by living at these new homes which will allow them to care for more children, including sibling groups, than their personal homes will allow.
Laura’s Homes: BCH will be overseeing two existing cottage homes for children in Shelby. The leadership of these independently operated homes asked BCH to take ownership which will begin in January.
Truett Ministries: Through the support of the Dogwood Foundation, BCH acquired the two additional facilities on the same property as its Truett Home, a cottage for children, in Hayesville. Turner Cottage, named for C. B. Turner who made a $200,000 renovation gift, will be a family foster home. The other will be an independent living home for youth aging out of the foster care system and have little or no family support.
Emmanuel Home: Renovations are almost complete at Emmanuel
Home in Thomasville. A dream project of BCH’s Christian Adoption Services, the location on the outskirts of Mills Home in Thomasville will provide a home and support to women who chose adoption for their babies.
Written by Blake Ragsdale, Managing Editor of Charity & Children