The phone is already ringing. One foster care supervisor told me, “We have more kids to serve this year than ever before. We sure could use your help.” Another school counselor messaged to say, “We have so many children and families who are hurting this Christmas season.”
We can’t say “no.” We simply can’t. We won’t. But we can’t do it alone.
Today, we’re expanding our vision to the burgeoning foster care crisis in Wichita and south-central Kansas. Children are bouncing between temporary foster homes without notice, snatched from one placement to another. Some…too many, are being driven around in five-hour shifts on Saturdays by case workers because there’s nowhere to take them. Nobody wants them. Our children are suffering, emotionally, mentally, and educationally. Then we’re surprised when they grow up angry and frustrated. Some will be trafficked. Some will join a gang. Most will drop out of school. Most will simply drop out of life.
I wish I were painting a more joyful picture for you this holiday season. I wish the above examples were an exaggeration. But they aren’t. We are in crisis because our children are in crisis.
But there is hope. There are many wonderful agencies, social workers, health care providers, churches and non-profits that are doing their best to stand in the gap. Dream Center ICT is here to do the same.
There are three projects to mobilize for the holiday season and we need your help:
Mitten Tree: We are partnering with local schools to provide free groceries, clothing and gifts for at-risk families just in time to make Christmas more joyful and less stressful. We will be receiving a truck load of groceries this week! Our Goal: $2000
Gathered: An Appreciation Night for Foster/Adoptive Families: This yearly event is so important, shining the spotlight on heroic families that lay everything down and sacrifice so much to help our local children survive and thrive. The Dream Center is partnering with this great cause to expand our reach and bless more families than ever! Our Goal: $5000
Dream Kids Respite Days: Dream Center ICT is kicking off a new project that will carry on through 2023. Each month, we will host a respite day for the foster families and case workers I described earlier in this letter. The children who have nowhere to go, the truly “least of these” will be dropped off and met by loving volunteers who will care for them, play with them, and share the love of Jesus all day long. We’ve determined to make our Dream Kids Respite Days something these children long for and look forward to. A place that is safe, fun, relaxing and full of Jesus! Our Goal through2023: $500/month
Will you help us rise to the occasion and make a difference? The more money we raise, the more at-risk families will be served.
1. We’re trusting God for $7000 before Christmas to meet our outreach budget for the holidays. 2. Then, we’re asking the Lord to provide $500 each month to cover the costs of our monthly Dream Kids Respite Days.
The Lord has never let us down. He continues to use incredible people like you to help us all achieve great things!
Thanks for your support. Your gift of any amount makes a huge difference
Don’t forget: 100% of your donation goes directly to our stated need. All administration costs are already covered!
Thanks for doing your best by giving securely online with the button below.
Or mail your donation to: Dream Center ICT 13303 W. Maple Suite 139 Box 176 Wichita, KS. 67235
Thanks again for your help! Marty Freeman, Founder/President
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