Crisis Response Fund
As Saint Francis works diligently to respond to the rapidly changing environment, most recently with the COVID-19 crisis, we know the need for our services are even more pressing. For example, we’ve come up with new and inventive ways to provide services to children and families without personal contact, whenever possible. Your support during times like this will go a long way to ensuring we are able to keep kids and families safe and reduce the trauma that so many are experiencing.
Fostering In Faith
This loving ministry provides a means through which congregations, religious communities, and individuals can pray for children in need of adoptive families. We know that most congregations have within their fellowship persons to whom God has given a spirit for intercessory prayer. You may be one of those special people.
We provide art therapy to roughly 40 children a week, four at a time. Each new arrival is assessed to determine where they are developmentally, what trauma they’ve experienced and how open they are to talking about it. We work in small groups to build trust and encourage children to feel safe opening up. We talk a lot about confidentiality. The kids learn that what’s said in the group stays there. And we don’t judge.
Foster Care / Adoption
We work to help good kids stuck in bad situations. That involves recruiting families to provide safe, loving homes for children in need of out-of-home placement, either through foster care or adoption. Local offices throughout our service area provide dedicated, professional teams, on call round the clock. Knowledgeable, empathetic caseworks help with crises, and also with day-to-day issues foster and new forever families may face.
Each year close to 25,000 children nationwide age out of foster care without the benefit of a family or permanent home. That puts them at tremendous risk for homelessness, joblessness, illness, incarceration, welfare dependency, early childbearing, and victimization. When kids age out in Saint Francis’s service area, they can can turn to us for mentoring, help in developing independent living skills, and even rent assistance.
Keeping families healthy and strong benefits everyone – from the child in the home to the community at large. We work to effect positive, lasting change with troubled, at-risk families. Our programs help strengthen parenting skills, improve coping skills, and develop structure when it’s missing. We serve people who have experienced trauma, pregnant women who abuse substances, families struggling with myriad stressors and more.
When kids need extra support, we’re there with our new, state-of-the-art residential treatment facility. The treatment center delivers highly targeted programs and services designed for youths ages 6 to 18 who have a mental-health diagnosis and chronic behavior issues. It also treats trauma and problems of sexual abuse and substance use.
The equestrian therapy at our psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) helps traumatized children build coping skills through the care and riding of horses. Participating youth feed, groom, and exercise the PRTF’s eight horses by riding together in groups several times a week. Your gift helps ensure that any child at the PRTF who wants to participate can.
Christmas for Kids
Naughty or nice, every child deserves a Christmas. We make a list, and check it twice, to ensure that every child in our care has a gift to open on Christmas morning. You can help by making a donation, or working with one of our local offices to provide for a child in our care or by supporting the program through a community service project with your business or organization.
Bridgeway & Cheshire
Our Mississippi programs help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead more fulfilling, independent lives. It does this through supervised-living, supportive employment, and job-discovery services for men and women 18 years and older. A place to work and a place to call home instills a sense of purpose and pride for the developmentally disabled. We help to provide that.
Our free summer camp for kids in foster care delivers more than just three days packed with fun. Yes, it offers swimming, outdoor activities, crafts, and field trips, but equally important, KidzKamp lets kids ages 8-12 meet new friends and share experiences unique to foster care. The camp provides a safe place where kids can laugh and learn, creating memories and building skills they can tap into year-round. Your donations make this possible. Thank you.
We've made a home for adolescent girls who have experienced the unique and complex trauma of child sex trafficking. We focus on the whole person, giving each girl the time and space to find the path toward physical, psychological, and spiritual wellness. A homelike environment fosters growth and healing as it brings girls with shared experience together with mentors who provide care, acceptance and gentle guidance.