Even the best camera cannot fully capture the beauty of a sunset or the majesty of a mountain view. There is always so much more going on than what is revealed. The setting sun reflecting in the eastern sky, the scent of pine and the chill in the air as the wind rolls down the mountain are all left untold in the photo.
The same is true for the day to day at The Children's Home. Things are usually more than what is immediately apparent. A high-five or an "I'm proud of you!" is more than just approval in the moment - it is weaponry against negative voices from the past. A report card of A's and B's is more than the soon-to-come reward - it is reinforcement for a burgeoning self-confidence. An opportunity to provide a home for a child is an opportunity to change a life.
When our Champions support the Presbyterian Home for Children through their giving, the gift extends well beyond its purchase power. For example, The Children's Home spends $5 per day to feed a child. As you might guess, that $5 buys so much more than groceries.
For a child who has known hunger, the gift is a feeling of security, confidence that he will be taken care of. Then, many more amazing aspects come into play. The child prepares for life by working with the Family Teacher to plan a menu for the coming week. Money management and budgeting are taught as, together, they make a list and shop for groceries.
Like our sunset, the five dollars still holds some surprises. Memories are made and self-expression occurs as the child "experiments" with his own recipe. Relational healing is witnessed as he recreates his favorite dish that was "Mom's best!"
Just when you think all the colors and views have reached their climactic peak, there is still one last vision to be seen every day as our families gather around a table, give thanks to God and share life together.
Thank you for being a part of making the "so much more" possible at The Children's Home.
Recipe for a World of Opportunity
$1,825 food for one child for one year $21,000 clothing for all our children during the course of a year ($1.15 per day per child) $3,600 overall cost to care for a child for one month $1,500 entertainment funds for one cottage for one year $1,300 transportation expenses for safely transporting all of our kiddos to school, work and other activities for one week $450 equine therapy experience for one child for one year $350 annual campus vacation for each child attending the summer trip $345 personal hygiene supplies for one child for one year