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Who We Are

Why

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after widows and orphans in their distress” (James 1:27). We consider kids in foster care to be America’s orphans. We believe God calls us as a church and a community to care for and look after each of them.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11) Though children in foster care come from hard places, we refuse to believe that they are destined for a life of chaos and pain. Our goal is to show them the love of Jesus and help them to see a hope in their current circumstances and for their future.

How

Fostering Hope and The Caring Closet both launched as separate ministries in early 2012, unbeknownst to one another. Fostering Hope was started by a group of people including Sarah and Jeff Burch who felt called to get involved and make a difference in the life of children in foster care in our community. The Caring Closet was started by Joanna and Zach Holden, who as foster parents, knew there was a great need for practical resources to be available to kids as they came into care (e.g. clothing, toiletries, baby items, etc). The two ministries merged later that year with the goal of becoming a Christ-centered, non-profit organization that would serve as an avenue to bring our community together to support local kids in foster care. Fostering Hope received its nonprofit 501(c)(3) status in February of 2015 and has grown steadily since that time.

What

Fostering Hope exists to support and serve our local foster care community. We currently have a variety of programs that are in place to support, encourage and provide resources to children in care, foster families, and agency workers. We aim to bring the community together and partner with local churches, businesses, and organizations with the idea that we can do more together than apart.

Directors / Coordinators

Board of Directors

Maggie Schade

President

Community Impact Minister at Christ's Church of Oronogo

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Jenny Worrall

Vice President

Teacher in the Carthage School District & Former Foster Parent

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Jake Harp

Treasurer

Finance & Operations Staff at Christ's Church of Oronogo

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Ana Beezley

Secretary

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Pediatric Associates of SWMO

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Christina Lackey

Director

Clinical Supervisor at Turnaround Ranch & Current Foster Parent

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Joe Hensley

Director

Jasper County Circuit Court Judge

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Advisory Board

Amanda Collins

Guardian Ad Litum

Caroline Charleton

Lead Supervisor MBCH Children & Family Ministries

Cody & Whitney Belk

Foster Parents

Jeff Burch

Co-Founder of Fostering Hope

Michelle Woolverton

Program Supervisor Jasper County Children's Division

Renee White

MSSU Social Work Department Chair

Shane Munn

Pastor at One Church Joplin

Partners

Community-Based Partners

Zimmer Radio's News Talk KZRG

Promotes & fund raises for Christmas of Hope

Facebook: facebook.com/NewsTalkKZRG

Pallets For A Purpose

Donates 10% of all proceeds to Fostering Hope

Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/1597998857169570/about

Wendy's

Provides free kid’s meal coupons for birthday cards

Website: wendys.com/en-us

Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri

Student program is building bunk beds and making bags for the Caring Closet

Website: joplinpeds.com

Tara Arefieva/Salon Central

Provides discounted and free haircuts for children in care

Facebook: facebook.com/hairaffairtara

Carters

Mason's Closet

Faith-Based Partners

Fairview Christian Church

  • Provides monthly monetary support
  • Provides building for the Carthage Caring Closet
  • Partners in the Christmas of Hope Campaign
  • Small groups provide freezer meals

Website: fairviewchristian.tv

One Church Joplin

  • Provides monthly monetary support
  • Provides storage space for the Caring Closet
  • Hosts the annual Christmas of Hope Gift Pick-Up Event
  • Partners in the Christmas of Hope Campaign
  • Provides space for various events

Website: onechurchjoplin.org

Christ's Church of Oronogo

  • Provides monthly monetary support
  • Hosts Foster Parent Night Out twice a year
  • Hosts the annual Foster Parent Appreciation Dinner
  • Provides space for various events

Website: cco.church

Carterville Christian Church

  • Hosts Senior Graduation Banquet
  • Partners in Christmas of Hope campaign

Website: cartervillechristian.com

Pathways United Methodist

  • Hosts annual Fall Festival

Website: pathwaysumc.com

Joplin Family Worship Center

  • Hosts Child Abuse Prevention Awareness event

Facebook: facebook.com/jfwc.org

Villa Heights Christian Church

  • Provides space for events

Website: villaheights.net

Destiny Church

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