The Jules Show interviewed Chosen for Life Ministries Executive Director, Mary Lee Herron, to learn about what we are doing in our community. A local adoptive and foster family shared their story and how they have been supported throughout their journey.
Adoption-Resource nonprofit focus of prayer breakfast - May 17, 2017. The Oconee Enterprise.
"The Downs are Chosen for Life foster-care advocates. Ashley Downs said moving from home to home can be stressful for the children. 'The average time someone spends in foster care is two years,' she said. 'We serve and pray for these children in their distress.'"
"There are an estimated 13,000 orphaned children in Georgia. Chosen for Life has developed a relationship with 24 areas churches and trained more than 600 individuals through foster-care support teams. Responsibilities include providing meals and supplies. More than 100 children have received a large duffel bag with their name on. A care kit also includes pajamas and a Bible, among other things. Downs said that previously some children were carrying their belongings in garbage bags."
Life With a Purpose Radio #19-2017 - May 12, 2017. Life With a Purpose Radio.
Our Executive Director, Mary Lee Herron, shares with us about CFLM's role in caring for orphaned and vulnerable children and responds to the question of how our community can care well for women that may be having a difficult day on Mother's Day in particular. She encourages us to remember that days like this can bring great sorrow to some and invites us to rethink who and how we celebrate - to celebrate and encourage all the women in our lives who have loved and cared for us as a mother should.
Walton EMC gives nearly $119,000 through Operation Round Up - March 7, 2017. The Walton Tribune.
"Walton EMC customer-owners who participate in Operation Round Up allow the cooperative to round their monthly electric bills up to the next dollar. The resulting change goes into a fund to help worthy organizations and deserving individuals in Walton EMC’s 10-county service area."
- Chosen for Life Ministries (Clarke, Oconee): $4,000 for the My Name Matters project that provides newly placed foster children with a monogrammed duffle bag, pillowcase and towel.
Foster-care initiative seeks to meet critical need in area - August 31, 2016. The Oconee Enterprise.
"What started as a “living room ministry” to help adoptive parents has grown into a full-scale non-profit with a new executive director and new headquarters in a Watkinsville office."
"At the time, foster care was not a priority service area, but in 2014 the Millers felt convicted by an incident. They were asked for a recommendation of a Christian family that could immediately foster a child that was facing a crisis situation. 'We did not know anybody,' said Lisa Miller. 'It was like, ‘OK, God, you are speaking loud and clear.’ It was time for the church to wake up.'"
"They soon discovered 150 children in the Athens area who were in foster care. That was alarming number. Now it is twice that. Kelly Brooks said there is a need for more foster families. The state has been required sometimes to send children hundreds of miles away because a suitable home was unavailable in the immediate area."