Safe Families for Children hosts vulnerable children and creates extended family-like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by compassion to keep children safe and families intact.
The three objectives of Safe Families for Children are:
- Keep children safe during a family crisis such as homelessness, hospitalization, or domestic violence in an effort to prevent child abuse and/or neglect.
- Support, and stabilize families in crisis by surrounding them with caring, compassionate community.
- Reunite families and reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system. Safe Families seeks to be an alternative to foster care, where appropriate.
Find out more at https://safe-families.org/
By The Hand is a Christ-centered, after-school program that takes kids by the hand and walks with them from kindergarten through college, loving and nurturing them—mind, body and soul. They help children who live in under-resourced neighborhoods have abundant life. By the Hand serves nearly 1,600 kids from Cabrini-Green, Altgeld-Murray, Austin and Englewood, with property in North Austin to begin serving there. With God’s transforming power and the many people who come alongside our kids at different times in different ways, our kids are making tremendous strides. They are succeeding in school—and life.
For more information visit https://bythehand.org/
Operation Christmas Child’s mission is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and to show His love in a tangible way to children in need. Since 1993, millions of children in more than 150 countries have received OCC shoeboxes. These shoebox gifts are not only tangible expressions of God’s love, but for many kids, the first gift they’ve ever received. Volunteers from local churches around the world partner with OCC to present the gospel of Jesus Christ at festive outreach events where children are surprised with these shoebox gifts. The children are also invited to participate in a twelve-lesson discipleship program that includes Bible stories and Scripture memorization. Since 2009 over 23 million children have enrolled.
Find out more at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child.
As Our Own provides a life-long family & best-in-class academics through college to the most vulnerable children in India, those born in the red light district and high risk slums. Why? To revolutionize the way the world cares for vulnerable children — caring for them not as orphans but as our own so that they may fulfill the sovereign purpose God has for each child’s life. Through a family-style care model, top-notch academic curriculum, college scholarships, and more, As Our Own empowers each vulnerable child to reach her full God-given potential.
Visit www.AsOurOwn.org for more details.
Caris is a nonprofit counseling organization meeting the needs of women during and after unplanned pregnancy. Our culture paints a bleak future for women who experience an unplanned pregnancy. The message is so negative it causes many women to believe that their only options are abortion or overwhelming struggle as a mom. Caris is unique because we work to meet the needs of both the woman and the child, refusing to follow the current political debate, by focusing on one over the other. Through our unique Pro-Grace® Approach, Caris creates another option for every woman so that both she and her child can thrive.
Founded in 1985, Caris has been serving women throughout Chicagoland for three decades.
The streets of Brazil are no place for a child, but millions of children call them home. Threatened by abuse and exploitation, these children find care at Hope Unlimited for Children. Since 1991, Hope’s award-winning residential care programs, including academic, vocational, and social training, have enabled thousands of Brazil’s children to break generational cycles of poverty and violence.
Find out more at www.hopeunlimited.org.
Kids Alive provides needed residential and medical care to children affected by poverty in the Dominican Republic (DR). Nine orphanages, schools, and care centers care holistically for approximately 1,100 children on a daily basis. Holistic care includes discipleship, nutrition, preventive medical care, and academics. Most recently, Kids Alive has begun a university scholarship program. The Moody Church supports two missionaries, Vic and Leslie Trautwein, who work with Kids Alive in the Dominican Republic.
Find out more at www.kidsalive.org.
Chicago-based LYDIA Home began in 1916 and continues to provide for the city’s children at risk. LYDIA home offers residential treatment for abused and neglected kids, foster care, and an alternative high school program. LYDIA also hosts Chicago’s Safe Families program, which places children at risk of abuse and neglect into Christian families’ homes for short-term respite care until children and parents can be reconciled.
Find out more at www.lydiahome.org.