Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me. Matthew 25:40
Many of you may not be aware that CHS is a part of a network of churches that come alongside vulnerable children and families right here in the Roanoke Valley through a ministry called CarePortal. The Global Orphan Project created CarePortal in 2015 as a tool to mobilize U.S. churches to care for children and vulnerable families in their own backyards. Roanoke and CHS are connected to CarePortal through Patrick Henry Family Services.
The main purpose for CarePortal is to help biological families who are susceptible to losing their children due to lack of means to care for them to be able to keep their children. In the cases where children must be removed from their homes as determined by the Department of Social Services, CarePortal helps assist next of kin family members who may have suddenly had to take in children they weren’t prepared for. It also assists older teens who are aging out of the foster care system. At times it also helps foster families assist the children they are caring for.
How Does CarePortal Work at CHS and other churches?
CarePortal uses a technology connecting platform to bring the needs of hurting children and families in our community to our attention. Caseworkers at government child welfare agencies or other child-serving organizations approved by CarePortal uncover and vet needs. They then send their requests for help to the point person at each church, as well as list them on the CarePortal website. This enables all of the different churches to see what needs have been responded to and which churches have accepted responsibility for meeting the needs of the various requests. It also allows them to see which requests are still pending. On large monetary requests, churches often will work together.
The point person at CHS is Kim Motley, who prayerfully decides which requests to accept for CHS. She then emails the accepted requests to the CarePortal “team,” which are various members of CHS. Currently CHS has approximately 30 people on our team. Anyone on the team can then choose whether or not they would like to participate in helping to meet the needs. The majority of the requests are for mattresses and bedding, dressers, clothing, baby items, organizational items and cleaning supplies. We also get a number of requests for assistance with rent and utility bills. Often a biological family can stay together if they just have adequate bedding for their children. There is a CarePortal bin in the church office entryway for people to place items they are donating toward any request they responded to help with. Kim and another member from the church will then arrange a time to deliver the items to the family in need. Delivering the items allows time to engage with the family and get to know them a bit. It is also a wonderful opportunity to minister to the families through prayer and to help them find a church they can attend near them if they are interested. For anyone who would like to continue a relationship with any family we accept requests for, you can choose to get a background check (paid for by PHFS) and then be able to spend additional time with them in a safe environment.
Meeting on Wednesday, June 9 to Learn More If you are interested in learning more, please plan to attend a meeting in the Fellowship Hall on June 9 at 7:00 pm. You can also email Kim Motley at email@example.com with any questions you may have and/or if you would like to be a part of the team. Many hands make for light work and give more people the privilege of experiencing being the hands and feet of Jesus to people in need living all around us!