The ribbon was cut and the door was opened Aug. 7 to My Friends House, the newest ministry of your Louisiana Bapist Children’s Home. Children, staff and friends gathered for the special event.
MONROE – The ribbon was cut and the door was opened Aug. 7 to My Friends House, the newest ministry of your Louisiana Bapist Children’s Home. Children, staff and friends gathered for the special event.
My Friend’s House is an emergency care shelter designed to serve children who have been removed from their homes and families because of conditions that are a threat to the child’s safety and well being. My Friend’s House primarily will serve the 11 parishes in Region 9 of the Office of Community Services. Region 9 includes Union, Morehouse, West Carroll, East Carroll, Lincoln, Ouachita, Richland, Madison, Caldwell, Franklin, and Tensas Parishes.
“My Friend’s House will provide these children with a safe and loving home-like living environment while also providing OCS ample time to make an appropriate plan for the children,” explained Darrell Washam, LBCH public relations director. Residents of My Friend’s House may stay a maximum of 105 days – an initial 45 days, plus up to two renewal periods of 30 days each, Washam added.
“This facility offers another avenue to help us continue our mission of providing love, care and a positive Christian witness for children and families in need,” said LBCH President and CEO Perry Hancock.
“The ministry of My Friends House will give Louisiana Baptists the opportunity to assist 50 to 70 additional children each year,” Hancock added. “That’s 50 to 70 more hurting boys and girls who will find refuge through God’s love.”
My Friend’s House will serve boys and girls ages five through 14, with a focus on sibling groups. It can house up to eight children at one time.
The staff at My Friend’s House wants every child who walks through the door to realize that this is a safe place where they can begin to write a new chapter of their life story, Washam said.
“Here, they will know they are loved, safe, and have everything they need to succeed,” Washam said. “They will know they have new friends to count on Louisiana Baptists.”