Each month, GFC features a way in which you can give in order to reach the community and show God’s love. You’ll find Giving Bins at each entrance to our facility, and we invite you to simply place your donated items in the bin.
May: Box Tops for Education
These simple donations can make a big impact at Mountain View Elementary! Clip all the labeled Box Tops from your grocery items, and bring them to GFC. Drop them off in the Giving Bins near the church entrances. They’ll be redeemed for funds for the school.
June: Items for Children’s Home
Holston Home for Children’s Group Care Program serves older children/sibling groups waiting for foster or adoptive homes. These children stay at least 4-6 months in the homes, on average. These household items will support Holston Home staff as they go about their ministry of sharing the love of Jesus with children struggling with life’s challenges.
Priority items needed are:
- New towels and washcloths
- New men’s and women’s socks
- New twin sheet sets
- New duffle bags
- Board games
- Yarn and knitting needles
Adoption & Foster Care
Our Adoption & Foster Care ministry seeks to support those who want to take a next step in caring for children in need, whatever that may look like. If that’s you, we want to come alongside you on this exciting journey as you learn the joy of the Father’s heart.
Safe Families for Children is a movement supporting children and parents in crisis. Families designated and trained as “safe families” temporarily host vulnerable children, thus creating extended support for desperate families through a community of compassionate volunteers motivated by their faith. The program ultimately helps keep children safe and families together. Parents experiencing a temporary crisis may arrange for their children to stay in a safe family. There is no cost to them.
Safe Families operates under the umbrella of Bethany Christian Services in the Tri-Cities. Trained social workers manage the risk of hosting. We recognize that in some unique cases, foster care is the answer, but we know that the chance of success is much greater if we intervene before families reach that point.
Below are local external agencies you could check out if you are beginning the process of adoption or foster care.
- Bethany Christian Services (adoption or interim care for infants)
- Department of Children’s Services (foster or adoption; usually younger children)
- Holston Home for Children (foster care or adoption; including sibling groups)
- Omni Visions (foster care or adoption; usually kids with some trauma background)
- Youth Villages (foster care or adoption; usually older children)
Safe Family: Host Family
Serving as a host family is an excellent opportunity to engage your entire family in “caring for the least of these.” This involves hosting one or more children in your home while the mom and/or dad are going through a crisis. In most cases, the parent is a single mom who may be homeless, facing incarceration, or in need of medical care or in-patient treatment for addiction or mental health. The most vulnerable children are 6 years or younger and need housing for a few days, weeks, or in some cases, many months.
As a host family, you are able to determine the number and ages of children that you would host. After completing the application and training process, you would begin receiving notices of housing needs, and you can respond if you’re able to help at that time.
Foster Care Baskets: Help bless a family that receives a foster placement of a child 0-24 months. These baskets go to a family when they get a quick placement and include essentials to get them through a few days.
Are you a parent of a child through foster care? Do you have children that have joined your family through adoption or are in process to do so? Or are you someone who has felt a nudging to learn more about what the Bible has to say about caring for the least of these?
GFC is hosting a Parents’ Night on August 25th, where we will gather to share our stories over dinner, and listen as guest speakers Stephen and Beth Templeton share their family’s journey.