This is the village at work on behalf of kids and families in the system! Through James Storehouse outreach, we were able to connect resources to the foster parents who attend this region’s first and only foster parent support group, Northshore Enduring Hope led by Doree Kelly. Southeastern Louisiana’s Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club came and offered a literacy program from Pre-K to 3rd grade. With kids lagging behind in reading due to family struggles and many transitions, this is a welcomed resource. Mercy Print Ministry was also in attendance to offer ongoing support to foster families and special event coordination for the kids to have fun outings on occasion. Ms. Terrilynn Bowe, a supervisor for child welfare, was also there to be a bridge of support and liaison which helps to strengthen the relationship between fosters and the system. Thank you to everyone working on behalf of the children! We love seeing all these empowering connections happening in our hub of love.
Thank you Lake 94.7 for inviting me on today to talk about the crisis in foster care we are facing (too many kids coming into the system and a lack of families to care for them) and how James Storehouse – Louisiana is helping to change that by providing critical resources that help expedite safe placements and keep our families supported. They asked us back in a few weeks to continue the dialogue. There is no dialogue more urgent than the one we need to have about children who desperately need loving families!
A single mom was on the verge of losing her kids today due to poor living conditions until we stepped in and produced the game-changer she needed.
She was living in a tiny room with her 6 children, all sleeping on a deflated air mattress. Their living conditions had sunk beyond her abilities to correct, so her case worker reached out to us. I was told we were her last hope.
What a responsibility it is to be someone’s last hope. The only way to avoid removal was to land a section 8 that requires birth certificates for all her children to secure, which she didn’t have. James Storehouse – Louisiana Family, you provided those birth certificates today. You helped secure an apartment for this struggling family. You gave hope to a single mom. You kept siblings out of foster care and now they can stay together. They will continue to get the wrap around help they deserve to get stronger. Please keep this family in your prayers:) We will see them again at their house warming party!
Please consider donating online so we can help more children transition into safe environments at www.jslouisiana.org
Starting January 17, 2017 we will be at our new location. After much prayer and many blessing, we will be opening in our new location next building down from Precision Sewing.
3979 HWY 190 Service Road, Suite E
Covington, LA 70433
There are so many people and organizations to thank. Here are but a few:
- St. Paul’s Key Club
- Women of Infinite Possibilities
- Covington Kiwanis
- Foster Moms, and many other supporters who came out.
Check out some photos from the move and setting up the new location HERE.
James Storehouse – California was seen in a scene on the FreeForm (formerly ABC Family) network show “The Fosters“. We are seen in Season 3 Episode 11 – First Impressions. Where Character Callie and guest character Christina Marks speaking.
Young people transitioning out of foster care are significantly affected by the instability that comes with long periods of out of home placement, multiple school transfers, and the challenge of preserving relationships with their biological families. They are also at increased risk of adversity. Older foster youth face many hardships such as, inadequate educational preparation, unstable finances, and limited access to viable employment and housing opportunities. Sadly, thousands of youth transition out of foster care with inadequate life skills and scarce resources and struggle to confront and overcome these challenges.
That’s why we at James Storehouse – Louisiana have set up a donation page to assist these youth in this time of transition. You can make your tax deductible donation on our Donations Page Here or http://jslouisiana.org/monetary-donations.
We also take donations for Transitioning Youth in other forms as well, such as gently used or new clothing, “Dressed-for-Success” clothing for job interviews, sundries, shoes, etc.
I am heading to Los Angeles. Excited to receive a special honor with our James Storehouse – California team presented by Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Michael Antonovich. I never thought in a million years we would be honored along with Tommy Lasorda! As many of you know, JS started over 5 years ago in Los Angeles as a response to a crisis. Los Angeles County being the highest population of kids in foster care in the nation, we set out to help fill the gaps of support that kept kids from getting placed in safe homes on a timely basis and that would help transition kids leaving the system. What started out as filling the trunk of my car with critical items given such as cribs, clothing, baby essentials, twin beds, and bedding from friends and neighbors has now grown into 2 brick and mortar storehouses in 2 states serving thousands of kids and families every year. The James Storehouse – California team continues to expand the vision and services in that region and I couldn’t be more proud.
Our work would not be possible without the partnership of the Department of Child and Family Services and other child welfare-related agencies linking these resources with the children in need. Thank you Lovette Panthier-Gerst! We do not take this trust lightly and we strive to be a great steward of this responsibility. Our work also would not be possible without the men and women who show up for every need request we put out there. Without YOU there is absolutely no James Storehouse. Last but certainly not least, we are thankful to God for opening our eyes and then our hearts to the most overlooked and invisible in our society, and, for giving us the grace to respond to such a great privilege.
To Him Be All The Glory.
Thanks everyone again for being the greatest “Village” we have the privilege to partner with. We appreciate all that you have helped make happen and will continue to make happen on behalf of kids in transition. Because of your attention, we see miracles.
Kim Winston Bigler
After serving the foster care population for six years, THIS is thinking. THIS is teamwork. THIS is awesome. We must use innovation and collaboration to response to our most daunting challenges. It will take risk, maybe some areas of failure, and orgs reinventing themselves to better support the need. This is where we are headed. Bravo, RISE. AND, I absolutely believe an Arts & Science Academy is doable in Covington and would be a game changer for the future of this wonderful community, city, and parish. We are a people of tradition and innovation in all the right ways.
To our amazing James Storehouse Louisiana team, get your white boards out. To my Leadership St. Tammany Class who are engineers, architects, builders, CPA’s, CFO’s, COO’s, law enforcement, lawyers, nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, journalists, pastors, community activists, communication gurus and city planners… get your white boards out. Let’s create, innovate, and execute… Together!
Community organizers, mobilizers, and catalysts have a great responsibility to keep their hearts in check, because they will either start a movement by mobilizing collective resentments or collective hope. One will result in the fatal tearing of society and the other in manifesting society’s greater good.
This is what James Storehouse Louisiana and the Northshore Cajun Army looks like in partnership! They got the trailer, we got the goods. All going to an area in Baker that is still in need of the basics and homes still flooded. All we needed to hear was that there were many kids in transition, as young as newborns, who still needed clothes and essentials.
Thank you to all who donate to James Storehouse Louisiana. You not only resourced a whole “village” today, we still delivered a bassinet and hygiene kits to fulfill today’s local child welfare office requests. YOU make miracles happen. And Cajun Army, you rock!