Union Presbyterian Church donates the ministry’s corporate offices and use of facilities for programs. Hundreds of volunteers provide many hours of administrative, program, and in-home support.
Income Fiscal Year 15-16: $577,900
Budget 15-16: $504,000
On May 24th, Help One Child held its 6th Annual Mission Increase Banquet to raise funds for further outreach. Generous donors sponsored tables hosted by ministry champions. Total gifts and matching grants generated proceeds of $118,400.
*The ministry awarded a $40,000 grant to Foster the Bay, a newly formed independent ministry, to further its work in foster parent recruitment.
- Individual Donations
- Donated Facility
- Fees for Services
The following churches have been directly involved in supporting the mission this fiscal year through in-service appeals, bulletin or e-notices of ministry events and trainings, and/or financial support:
Grace Presbyterian Church
Saint Lucy Catholic Parish
Bethel Lutheran Church
Peninsula Bible Church South
Central Peninsula Church
Harbor Light Church
Bridges Community Church
St. Nicholas Catholic Church
Union Presbyterian Church (SFFC)
Faith Lutheran Church
Venture Christian Church (SFFC)
Menlo Church (SFFC)
Christ Community Church
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship
Menlo Church (SFFC)
West Hills Community Church
Grace Church of Silicon Valley
Peninsula Bible Church North (SFFC)
Peninsula Covenant Church (SFFC)
Valley Springs Presbyterian Church
Church of the Epiphany
Evergreen Valley Church
Gloria Dei Lutheran
Neighborhood Bible Church
New Creation Lutheran Church
Queen of Apostles Parish
Santa Teresa Catholic Parish
South Bay Church
Twin Oaks Church
Congregational Church of San Mateo
First Presbyterian Church San Mateo (SFFC)
Menlo Church San Mateo
Calvary Baptist Church
Garden City Church
Church of the Ascension
Saratoga Presbyterian Church
South San Francisco
We Are Church
Crosswalk Community Church (SFFC)
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
Trinity Church of Sunnyvale
Woodside Village Church
*Listed in red: Help One Child Ambassador Churches provide funding, host special events or programs.
*Churches participating in the Safe Families for Children program are indicated by an “SFFC” after their name.
Churches open doors to those that open their homes.
Every month, foster, adoptive and biological parents alike are welcomed at the ministry’s Parent Child Connection support groups. Originally conceived and founded by JoAnne Morris at Union Presbyterian Church (Los Altos), JoAnne has been at the helm since 1998. Since that time, volunteer leaders now serve dozens of families at four locations. Guiding the group at Peninsula Bible Church (Palo Alto) are the Van Elderens and Dungans, Maylin Lema and Selma Keller lead at West Hills Community Church, Carmen Degnan and Alice Yau have shepherded the group at Venture Christian Church (Los Gatos), and Joanne Jelle manages several of the ministry’s programs through Valley Presbyterian Church (Roseville). Some gather early for dinner before dedicated volunteers whisk children off so that adults can share experiences, learn from one another, but most importantly, build community.
Participating Churches: 49
Individual Church Presentations: 22
Mission Fairs / Special Events: 63
In-Service Appeals: 7
Orientation Attendees: 399
New, In-Process Foster Parents: 20
New Families Receiving Services: 94
New Volunteers: 372
Safe Families for Children
Referring Agency Presentations: 26
Child Hosting Arrangements: 29
Family-to-Family Care Arrangements: 463
Resource Friend Arrangements: 2,586 (note: represents donation drives only)
Churches provide support to caregiver families.
Church communities extended a helping hand to the ministry’s network families all year long.
Parents’ Night Out: Ministry champions recruited and led volunteer teams, providing respite for caregivers while their children enjoy dinner, games and crafts: Union Presbyterian Church, Menlo Church Mountain View, Twin Oaks Church, and Trinity Church of Sunnyvale partnering with Garden City Church.
Backpack Drive: 350 foster youth received new backpacks with school supplies collected from 22 churches.
Giving Tree: Donor generosity at 47 churches enabled us to deliver 1,821 new Christmas gifts to foster and other at- risk children.
Special Projects: Done-in-a-day minor home improvement, gardening and other projects and repairs were lovingly provided to network families in need.
October 17, 2015 Fifteen parents learned best practices and tools to set clear expectations and boundaries for safer social networking and computer use. Led by Thomas Peterson, Founder, APParently
December 5, 2015 Twenty-four foster youth and volunteers had a blast building a portable speaker from a mason jar at TechShop in San Jose. Led by Adam Wegener, Founder, Trash Amps
January 9, 2016 Thirty-three network families attended a refresher course on how the nervous system processes stress and what techniques they can use to reduce stress for themselves and their children. Led by Brandy Vanderheiden, MFT, SEP
Engaging Your Child’s Frontal Lobes: Techniques
February 27, 2016 Sixty-five network families and professionals explored techniques to build reciprocity by using words that invite their children’s observation rather than their fight or flight. Led by Dr. Don Williams, PsyD
Created to Belong
May 14, 2016 Twenty-nine attendees were given a Biblical understanding of how our relationship with God and our primary caregiver become integral to our relationship with others. Led by Linda M. Ikeda, RN, MFT
Teens in foster group homes as well as young adults in need of transitional housing remain amongst our top concerns. By cooking in 12 group home locations and co-sponsoring special events and education, we provide the care and resources to help these most vulnerable foster youth recognize their full potential.
Parent Child Connection
Experienced volunteer leaders guide monthly parent groups using the ministry’s many teaching tools that offer practical methods for improving family dynamics and bonding. Structured childcare provided.
Locations: Los Altos, Morgan Hill, Palo Alto, Los Gatos/San Jose, Roseville
You, Me & God
A two-hour class on Sunday mornings for foster and adopted children from 5 to 11 years of age focuses on enhancing relationships with others and God. Tammy Greer, MSW, JoAnne Morris, and Diana Mesa taught this class at Union Presbyterian Church in Los Altos with the help of volunteers, giving parents time to worship and rest.
M-Power: A Meal. A Message. A Model.
Aimed at children 6 to 12 years of age who have experienced a disruption in early childhood development. The curriculum creatively helps children develop critical communication skills through the use of games, art, crafts, video, listening, and public speaking. Verbal and non- verbal communication is explored, as well as anger management and spacial boundaries. Children are encouraged to reflect not only on how they speak to adults and their peers, but how they “think” about themselves. Volunteers from Garden City Church staffed this program at a ratio of 1:2 to maximize individual attention.
Regular Trainings / Per Year
CPR/First Aid Classes: 3
You, Me & God: 39
Volunteer deployment opportunities are available to work directly with families in need following an orientation and background check.
Education and Support Events & Programs
Education Seminars/Trainings: 5
Parent Child Connection Support Groups: 5
Adult Beneficiaries: 1,724
Child Beneficiaries: 4,191
Volunteers in Assistance: 3,360
Help One Child is certified by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences to grant Continuing Education Units.
Caring for our Caregivers: A Day on the Farm
As part of its Compassion Weekend tradition, Menlo Church provided the funding and recruited an army of 80 volunteers, enabling the ministry to treat 187 children and their caregivers to an amazing day at Hidden Villa Farm! A wide variety of outdoor family games and activities kept young children bustling between hands-on animal tours, buttermaking and baking, churning ice cream, and exploring the organic gardens while teens were challenged by the high ropes course, the egg drop contest, and the obstacle course… all connected by countless trails. Families packed box lunches from delicious buffets and picnics sprang up everywhere as did family-to-family conversations. The air was filled with the joy found in like-minded community.
Christmas Party – 218 children and their families enjoyed dinner, crafts, games, a pageant, and a picture with Santa on December 12, 2015.
Easter Eggstravaganza – Families of 65 children created holiday crafts, enjoyed an Easter egg hunt, participated in a raffle, and heard the Resurrection Story.
Mother’s Day Brunch – 42 foster and adoptive moms enjoyed a delicious brunch and each other’s company while listening to an inspirational message from Help One Child’s founder, JoAnne Morris.
Publications & Newsletters – For Foster/Adoptive Parents – An e-letter offering donated goods and services. Dividends – A quarterly e-letter depicting the ministry at work. Prayer Requests – Weekly emails alert prayer warriors about network family prayer requests and praises.
Resource Library – A lending library of videos, books, curriculum and other resources on a wide variety of mission related topics.
Signs of Hope Camp
In August 2015, thirty-one remarkable volunteers invested over 2,300 service hours as residential counselors and helped raise the funds for 61 at-risk youth to enjoy a week of swimming, rock climbing, zip line, water slide and Bible club activities at Mission Springs’ Frontier Ranch. Churches throughout our region provided camper scholarships and a substantial operating grant was received from Menlo Church making it possible to provide the experience at no cost to the caregiver.
Volunteer of the Year!
When it comes to serving, Laura Ann Toussaint naturally finds her way to the the kitchen. Weekly, for over two years, she has baked her way into the hearts of the youth living in our Mountain View Supper Club group home. At Christmas, Laura Ann can be found preparing turkey dinner for the 350 that come to celebrate. This summer, she treated our volunteer camp counselors to a delicious dessert to top off their indepth training. Whenever we call, she’s there with that briliiant smile and more than a few recipes up her sleeve!
Foster, Adoptive, Kinship, Reunified and other At-Risk Families Served: 719
All of the Events and Programs listed herein are staffed by dedicated volunteers without whom this ministry would not be possible.
Volunteer Service Opportunities: 2,964
Volunteer Hours: 16,687
Friends of Help One Child: 4,781