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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Human Services, International, International Relief, Protestant, Religion

Mission: His Kids, Too! is committed to sharing the love of Jesus Christ with orphans in Ukraine, by providing humanitarian aid, health care and educational opportunities. Our vision: is that orphaned children in Ukraine can grow in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, fulfill their God-given potential and, ultimately, participate in the economic and spiritual future of their country. Our vision: is that orphaned children in Ukraine can grow in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, fulfill their God-given potential and, ultimately, participate in the economic and spiritual future of their country.

Results: 2012 was a pivotal year, as after receiving $250K from Presbyterian Women in 2009, we were able to start (Nov. 2011) and complete, (June 25, 2012) our community center. Please see our site for photos. At the came time, we continued to serve thousands of orphans in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. This Community Center is now completely functional, and also can provide missionary housing for visiting missionaries working with the charity. Additionally, His Kids Too! is the parent NPO for Cornerstone Adoption Services, Inc. a licensed adoption agency placing children from EE in homes. www.cornerstoneadoption.com

Target demographics: His Kids, Too! is committed to serve anyone in need. Jesus did not show favoritism because of race, religion, education, appearance, age or gender. Each time we visit Ukraine we are asked to help orphans, older teens aging out of the orphan system, churches, single parent families, the homeless, the mentally ill, the ex-prisoner, the disabled, etc. And each time, God supplies the funds (because of YOU) to help these deserving people. Our vision: is that orphaned children in Ukraine can grow in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, fulfill their God-given potential and, ultimately, participate in the economic and spiritual future of their country.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Children in orphanages, children that visit the community center, churches, hospitals, orphan care facilities, medically needy, invalids, the elderly

Geographic areas served: Eastern Ukraine

Programs: His Kids, Too! currently provides daily activities at our NEWLY constructed (June 2012) Community Center in UA; HK2 also provides to orphans: food, fruit juice, fruit, medical care and diabetic supplies, diapers, Health and Abstinence Education, Annual summer camp, prescription and OTC medicines, therapy equipment, clothing, shoes, tutoring and job training, kitchen equipment, building renovation, to orphans in Ukraine. Additionally we provide bedding, and clothing to mentally ill adults in Ukraine. Lastly, His Kids, Too! provides adoption grants for persons adopting internationally. We also offer an on-line Gift Shop with Russian/Ukrainian items, and greeting cards by orphans. All proceeds benefit the programs of His Kids, Too! His Kids, Too! has now expanded services to include a licensed agency. Under the 'sister' charity, Cornerstone Adoption Services, Inc. (www.cornerstoneadoption.com), we now offer adoption services to several countries.

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is not enough words to describe how awesome, impactful, and caring this Christ-centered organization is and has become to people. Teresa is like a Tasmanian angel, if there ever was such a thing, working tirelessly and with a tornado-like passion brings hope to many orphans, underprivileged, and thrown out individuals in society as well as the citizens of Ukraine. I had the privilege of participating with her and her team and I truly believe I was more blessed because of this experience being a Ukrainian native myself, and seeing how loving Teresa is towards my home country. War, pestilence, and sleeplessness does not and will not stop His Kids Too from showing the same love that Jesus showed to the little kids of Israel 2,000 years ago. I cannot wait to come back again and serve with this amazing organization.

1 Theresa53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to travel to Ukraine twice to work directly with Teresa and Rich Fillmon. The difference they have made in the Donetsk region is AMAZING. They coordinate with the local government and local missionaries in order to carry out their work and have made a positive impact on so many. They are truly the hands and feet of Jesus Christ!
I will always support His Kids Too! because I have seen first hand how many lives they have touched and what a difference they have made. :)

1 Lydia F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hiskidstoo, Teresa and Richard fillmon give their lives to this non profit organization. Their dedication and willingness to serve the people of Ukraine through harsh conditions and war like atmosphere is inspirational. Hiskidstoo does not let any child go unnoticed. I have had the pleasure of being apart of this Organization for many years and can't wait to return again!

1 Lori rajunas

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teresa Fillmon, her family and volunteers of His Kids Too are unbelievably dedicated to helping the orphans, widows and anyone else in need. They minister to them, feed them, clothe them and just be a friend. They are there to let the people of Ukraine know that someone cares about them and that Jesus loves them! I love Teresa, her family and His Kids Too, for all they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family recently met Teresa Fillmon, director of Hiskidstoo, after learning that they deliver humanitarian aid to the same shelter that my 2 sons had lived in before we adopted them. Teresa is an amazing woman who has devoted many years of her life to helping the orphans and widows in Ukraine. She currently works with 27 orphanages, delivering aid, speaking to prospective adoptive and foster parents, collecting donations and countless other projects to help in the survival of the families and children in Ukraine. They recently opened a community center for the children in the town of Dzerzinsk to have a place to go to have fun and learn about God. She, her family and many volunteers work tirelessly in their efforts. She works hard at keeping up the www.hiskidstoo.org web site so that people can actually see that all of their time, energy and donations are being delivered and appreciated!! Seeing is believing and I encourage everyone to go to the site, see the pictures, watch the videos and fall in love with these amazing children!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization working with orphans, widows, persons with disabilities, and people in need in Donetsk region in Ukraine. Their work has changed since the conflict in Ukraine, and the level of danger and need has risen dramatically. my family members were directly impacted by the work of HisKidsToo when they distributed water and food to people just a few weeks ago. I am very thankful there are people and organizations like HisKidsToo.

1 JoniMR

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our children's elementary school had a walkathon; half of which the proceeds benefited my son's former orphanage in Makiivka, Donetsk, Ukraine. I called upon Teresa to do the procurement and management of over $3K in funds we collected. She was savvy, resourceful, and followed up several times to ensure the items and merchandise did not land up in the wrong hands but truly did benefit the children in this home. I can't say enough about Teresa and her staff and the selflessness she exhibits. If I won the lottery, hers would be on the top of my donation list.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I contacted Teresa Fillmon in April 2009, when our son's former orphanage in Makiivka, Donetsk, Ukraine was the recipient of our children's school's WalkAThon. Teresa made an inititial visit to the home to speak to the Director, to investigate what their needs were for the 80+ children who resided there. Teresa also demanded that the items which Teresa and her volunteers purchased be stamped with "Donated by His Kids Too- NOT TO BE RESOLD". Then, the items were procured from local wholesale suppliers that Teresa knew or contacted for- clothing, shoes, vitamins, 2 refrigerators, an industrial meat grinder (Of all things) toiletries, towels, etc. THEN, as promised when she initially met the Director, Teresa and her volunteers followed up to ensure the donations were used for the ORPHANS who resided there and not resold. Sadly, as many adoptive parents of Eastern European adoptions are aware, corruption and misuse of funds is rampant there; due to the desperation and poverty in Ukraine.

Also, the thing that truly impressed me was that Teresa added our son's former orphanage to their regular annual mission schedule. Because of the generosity and selflessness of the His Kids Too organization, these children have been given Christmas boxes/stockings filled with gifts, necessities that they probably never would had possessed. Also, Teresa and her staff visit this home in the Spring and Summer.

In addition to visiting orphanages in Ukraine, Teresa, her husband and family have devoted their lives to building a community center in the Donetsk region of Ukraine that assists kids and adults, who probably have "aged out" of the orphanage system in Ukraine. There is a special place in heaven for Teresa, her family and her volunteers. By the way, NONE of the funds collected were used for administrative costs; ALL of it benefited the kids.

1 Carolyn80

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have no official affiliation with His Kids Too!, other than I have followed their work for almost 14 years and have contributed to them on occasion. This group is God's love in action.
I first spoke to the Executive Director, Teresa Fillmon, when I was preparing to adopt from Ukraine. She was very gracious with information and although we had already contracted with another group to help with our adoption, I admired the work they were doing.
I was impressed with how this group functioned on a shoe string and gave so much to the orphanages and widows and handicapped they ministered to. Everyone loves kids and it's easier to only serve them, but HK2 helped all kinds of people with needs.
Over the last 14 years, I have watched what they do and the mission to bring Christ to the people of Ukraine has never waivered. They meet people where they are in their lives, just as Jesus did. They minister to souls, as well as to bellies and bottoms. (That is a reference to how they provided diapers to orphanages, and hospitals for invalids, as well as formula, food and vitamins.) They have given food and water and clothing to the least of those there.
The supporters of this mission have given of their heart and have been given an opportunity to be blessed by that gift. Each gift of time, money and talent can be traced in pictures and reports of those who travel to help in person.
This organization has stayed the course, even through the recent war raging around them, even through personal sacrifice of time, money and safety.
I know that they are good stewards of any contributions I make.

1 Erin77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the summer of 2013, my cousin and I traveled to Ukraine to volunteer with His Kids Too! I knew of the organization because they had helped my parents adopt my younger brother from Ukraine. He is a blessing from God. While in Ukraine, we taught Bible Lessons to children in the community, had a camp for children with special needs, and provided aid for the community. It was such an amazing experience. The children receive the love, attention, and basic needs from His Kids Too. The organization provides classes, experiences, kindness, food, water, shelter, to anyone in need. I am so grateful to have been apart of it and cannot wait to see what His Kids Too has in store for the future.

1 Robert127

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just love the work that His Kids Too are doing. I first them while searching for orphanages in Ukraine. I got to really the people that run it and they are doing such an awesome job. I have not visited them yet but I hope to visit next year. I must say I can see how they love the children serve so much. Keep up the good work and I will keep you in my prayers. God bless you for your hard work and dedication.

1 Rebecca109

Donor

Rating: 5

We love His Kids Too. They have so much of a loving heart for orphans

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Client Served

Rating: 5

His Kids Too helped us through our adoption journey. They walked us through the process of adopting two children in Ukraine, matching us with a Ukrainian native who served us as facilitator and translator while in country. It was not an easy process, but would have been impossible without His Kids Too. Their work serving children, families, invalids, and ordinary people in Ukraine is amazing. His Kids Too serves God by serving and loving those often ignored by the rest of the world.

1 Kelli9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We came to know of His Kids Too through friends that adopted their youngest son from one of the orphanages in their area. This organization has been a blessing to so many families, supporting them in the Ukraine and also facilitating bringing adoptive families together. The work continues despite the risks involved!

1 Carrie65

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The people of His Kids Too are are showing love in action to those around them.

2 Paul104

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've been associated with HisKidsToo for almost 10 years and they have always been focused on helping orphans, families, and the needy in Ukraine. They assisted us in adopting our special needs son from Donetsk and without HisKidsToo he would have been thrust away into a forgotten home an left to die. Even with the bombing and fighting going in their immediate area, lack of utilities and water, HisKidsToo remains faithful to their post and mission. They truly care for those in Ukraine and beyond!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We became affiliated with HisKidsToo in 2006 as we were seeking to adopt from Ukraine. Teresa Fillmon and her facilitators are the reason we were able to rescue our son, Christopher, a special needs boy severely burned when he was 3 months old. Without HisKidsToo involvement in orphanages throughout Ukraine, many children like our son would wither away with no hope.
We had the privilege to visit Teresa last weekend (7yrs later) and she is as passionate about the work as when we first met her. We fully support the mission and goals of HisKidsToo!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In June of 2013 I had an opportunity to work with Teresa, Rich, and other His Kids, Too volunteers in the summer Bible camps being offered at public schools and the community center. I was also able to assist in aid distribution of baby items such as diapers and other needs for children in the AIDS hospital, and items for the mothers at the maternity hospital. The need is very great and His Kids, Too is doing an excellent job of reaching out to those in need and doing what they can to help alleviate some of the hardships of life in Eastern Europe. The community center is a beautiful facility that daily opens their doors to the children and teens in their neighborhood, offering a safe place where children can play and learn. I would highly recommend this organization to those looking to donate or volunteer.

1 Darlene12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I wanted to adopt from the Ukraine. We found Cornerstone Adoption and this wonderful organization. We worked through the paperwork and after almost 2 years my patience had worn quite thin with the paperwork and bureaucratic issues. My husband managed to scrape together the additional funds to send me to work with this group for 2 weeks before our adoption was complete. Not only was I able to aide children in 25 different orphanages but I was able to experience and witness the life our future children lived from day to day. Eating the same food, living and working with some of the older teens as we did the bible camp and of course helping to deliver food, clothing, shoes and bible stories to shelters and orphanages. It changed my perspective and helped me to be more patient with our children when they were frustrated in their new home and world. All children are the same around the world – they only want attention, love and acceptance from adults. Language doesn’t matter, culture doesn’t matter – we are all God’s children and want to feel special and loved by everyone. This organization is trying to make a difference. The skills they are teaching the youth are basic life skills that we often take for granted because our parents or grandparents taught them to us. These children have few role models that are willing to spend the time to teach them these things. If you’re not able to go won’t you consider helping others to go and model God’s love, responsibility and acceptance to these children and youth?

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I WAS VERY GLAD,WHEN TERESA FILLMON AND -HIS KIDS TOO INVITED ME IN SUMMER CAMP TO DZERDJINSK IN UKRAINE! THIS CAMP GAVE FOR KIDS MORE DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE THEIR LIFE ! THANKS A LOT FOR AMERICANS AND UKRAINES VOLUNTEERS,WHO DID BIGGEST JOB IN CAMP!!! EVERYBODY DID SPECIAL WORK FOR HELP CHILDREN AND DID THEM LIFE MORE INTERESTING !!! KIDS PLAYED DEFFERENT GAMES AND LESTEN NICE LECTURES,WHICH GAVE FOR THEM MR.RICH FILLMON AND SASHA WITH VITALY AND KATE ! THANKS A LOT DASHS AND ANOTHER PEOPLE WHO VERY UNDERSTAND TRANSLATED ENGLISH AND RUSSIAN LANGUAGES!!! AND SPECIALY I WANT SAY MY APPRECIATION TERESA FILLMON,WHO WAS FOR US THE BEST HELPER AND EXAMPLE !!! I LOVE YOU-HIS KIDS TOO AND WILL HELP IN THE FUTURE !!! MY BEST WISHES AND HAVE NICE LIFE !!! SERGEY GUSEV,SOCHI,RUSSIA !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was given the opportunity to serve and help out at a His Kids Too Special Needs children's Camp in Ukraine with Teresa Fillmon! I had a wonderful time assisting the children the children had special needs ranging from cerebral palsy to birth defects to physical disabilities with tennis activities and having fun ! It was a life changing experience, and I will never forget the children I got to meet and play with at the Center and at the camp. I would encourage all to experience volunteering for this special organization. It will be well worth it :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer I was given the opportunity to help serve the Special Needs children camp in Dzershinsk Ukraine with the HIS KIDS Too director Teresa Fillmon. The camp encouraged the children to be themselves play and have fun , and to see God's love portrayed by all those involved in serving at the camp and to hear God's Word. We also delivered humanitarian aid to local baby and maternity hospitals, orphanages, shelters. I was able to see those places and get a feel for Ukraine. Such an life changing trip and eye opening trip for me to see experience another life and culture of Ukraine.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with His Kids Too ministries when my cousin contacted me about helping with a children's camp in Ukraine, where they had adopted her little brother two years earlier. While volunteering with His Kids Too, I taught a class of 20 middle school aged children during our VBS, spent time with the children that came to the community center on a daily basis and also helped out with a Special Needs Camp that His Kids Too hosted. This organization does great work for the people of Ukraine, young and old. Teresa Fillmon and her family truly have a heart for God and his work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started traveling with HisKidsToo in2000 and have made 15 trip through the year. In these years we have seen some changes but for the most part children are cared for very poorly. HisKidsToo has given thousand of articale of clothing , gifts of health care item shoes and many other needs have been supplied. In 2008 a grant was received to purchase housing for children leaving the orphanages to learn to live out in real world. There is on question ever dollar is used for the benifit of children . We have been involed in helping inslaved grils escape and live in safe places. Also working to free disable children from the hands of people who say they do not need a education are health care. With this grant funds for a community center has been built to have a place for children and adults to study about God and learn to trust other people as they have a very hard time trusting other.