Family Preservation Efforts, Orphan Sunday 2017

Posted by Heather Sewell on November 16, 2017  /   Posted in Advocacy, Family Support, OCA Gateway, Volunteer Opportunities

Written By: Heather Sewell

Since March 2017, Jefferson county volunteers have been on the front lines preventing fatherlessness through OCA Gateway. Nearly 40 needs have been met for Louisville families.

This year, a volunteer provided a washer and dryer for a single mom who had been washing her family’s clothes in the bathtub. Another volunteer provided extermination services for a single parent.

The families helped through OCA Gateway love and care deeply for their children. They are working with DCBS workers to get needs met. These 200 volunteers have kept families together.

“My hope is that we can take OCA Gateway across Kentucky and southern Indiana so that we can keep as many families together as possible by providing tangible needs and thus being the hands and feet of Jesus right in our own communities.” Stacia Washausen, Director of Family Support, said.

When you meet needs through OCA Gateway, you give relational supports needed to keep families together. Consider joining this movement and meet physical, tangible needs for families today. Involve your church, your family and meet needs together. Together we can uphold families. Sign up to receive updates, click here.

 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3,4

Meet Real Needs Today

“Seeking living room furniture and a kitchen table for a family of 5. I’m working with a *very* hardworking single mother of 4 children. Mom has fallen on some hard times in the past few months but is finally at a new apartment that is stable. She lost a lot of her furniture while transitioning to her new place. Her children have twin mattresses but no bed frames. She works very hard for her children and I’m looking for anything that can help. They have no chairs, couches, or furniture to sit on and no kitchen table to sit and eat. She’s very nice and would be extremely appreciative of any help someone could provide to her.”

“Mom and three children just moved into a new apartment and do not have any furnishings. Anything that you can donate or provide would be great.The biggest need is for: toddler bed and mattress/twin bed and mattress/bedding for a toddler and twin bed, bedroom furniture/living room furniture, dishes.”

“I have a family with three children that are in need of some furniture items. They need two twin beds, a couple of dressers and some living room furniture. I would need someone to be able to transport these items and I can meet them at the family’s home in Portland.”

“Single mother with four children just recently moved and lost all of her items in storage. Children are in need of beds and blankets. Two boys ages 9 and 10. Two girls ages 13 and 16.”

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