Grace Children's Home, Inc.
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Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services
Location: P.O. Box 1365 Grantham NH 03753 USA
Programs: Our Family 1st Project seeks to give needy children a positive family experience in every way possible. We make use of the imagery of Champions here at Grace Children's Home recognizing that each child is in training to become a Champion! We believe that's what good families produce - Champions! Champions overcome adversity in life to achieve their goals. Our study of history has taught us that many if not most of our greatest leaders had very difficult beginnings. These they overcame and their lives were marked by an inner strength resulting in the ability to persevere and succeed in life.Our KID Farm Project helps mend hearts through caring for animals. Research has shown this to be effective as children learn again to give & care. Our five sheep seem to enjoy the children's attention, but then again, I'm not really sure! I do know that the children do enjoy their times of interaction with them!Our Cultural Exchange Internships have brought 6 young adults from other countries to volunteer at the Home. We're getting ready to welcome our 7th & 8th - Viviana from Colombia and Miriam from England! The lives of the children have been enriched, interacting with other cultures and languages and has made living at the Home very special.Our Bethlehem Project is a statewide initiative helping to reach the faith community with the needs of children in foster care. We see our community churches like modern-day Bethlehem Inns. In that original one, there was no room for a very special child who was born to an unmarried teenager. Given the fact that two-third's of NH's foster parents go to church, we think churches will embrace foster care as a ?Home Mission? if they had a better understanding of it and felt an ownership in the process.Bridgebuilders is a new initiative we've started in 2006 to get faith leaders and state leaders to begin to talk and work together for a better community. We addressed leaders in Concord, Littleton, Lebanon and Lancaster to date. We are currently organizing our next one in Berlin which is generating interest across the state. The possibilities here really are extraordinary!Finally, we have collaborated with the NH Department of Health and Human Services to write a grant for a Fatherhood Initiative to help NH Dads embrace and fulfill their responsibilities to their families. Research proves the vital role fathers play in the lives of their children and so, together with DCYF, we helped to craft a thoughtful statewide initiative. We are also working with NH Health and Human Services and the Community Marriage Initiative to help NH couples build stronger marriages. We see everyday the high cost of marriage and family breakdowns. Proactive Marriage Education programs will help reduce the numbers of children entering the foster care system.
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