Union 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. Help One Child is a CA registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation; a copy of our status letter can be found here.
Income Fiscal Year 16-17: $552,700
Budget 16-17: $508,500
On May 21st, Help One Child held its 8th 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 $110,000.
- Individual Donations
- Donated Facility
- Fees for Services
New, In-Process Foster Parents: 22
Safe Families for Children Child Hosting Arrangements: 20
Family-to-Family Care Arrangements: 277
Resource Friend Arrangements: 2,985
Help One Child and The CarePortal
What if we could bring the needs of hurting children and families in your community directly to your church’s attention? What if child welfare workers uncovered the needs and Help One Child gave churches a real-time opportunity to respond?
Answer: We could help prevent child abuse and neglect and dramatically reduce the number of children removed to foster care!
Contact Valerie@helponechild.org to get involved.
Participating Churches: 44
Mission Fairs / Special Events: 68
Crosswalk Community Church in Sunnyvale has taken the ministry of Help One Child to heart. Ministry Lead Jen Vawter shares, “I have had the opportunity to watch our church body surround those in need. From the congregation opening its arms to a struggling family and loving them so wonderfully that both Grandma and Mom chose to get baptized; to a faithful church member serving a single mom around her house every Sunday afternoon – the hands and feet of Jesus are beautiful. We are so thankful for the ministry of Help One Child that allows us ways to put our faith into action.”
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:
Good Shepherd Lutheran
Bethel Lutheran Church
First Baptist Church
Peninsula Bible Church South
Half Moon Bay
Coastside Baptist Church
St. Nicholas Catholic Church
St. Simon Catholic Church
Union Presbyterian Church (SFFC)
Venture Christian Church (SFFC)
Bethany Lutheran Church
Church of the Latter Day Saints
Christ Community Church
Menlo Church (SFFC)
West Hills Community Church
Crossroads Community Church
Grace Church of Silicon Valley
Peninsula Bible Church North (SFFC)
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish
Peninsula Covenant Church (SFFC)
Valley Springs Presbyterian Church
Church of the Epiphany
Evergreen Valley Church
GateWay City Church
Gloria Dei Lutheran
Grace Church of Silicon Valley
Neighborhood Bible Church
New Creation Lutheran Church Queen of Apostles Parish
Santa Teresa Catholic Parish
St. Stephen’s In-the-Field Episcopal Church
WestGate Community Church
First Presbyterian Church San Mateo (SFFC)
Pilgrim Baptist Church
Calvary Baptist Church
Garden City Church
Church of the Ascension
WestGate Community Church
Crosswalk Community Church (SFFC)
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. 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. 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 five 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).
New this year is Jeanné Campbell‘s group in Half Moon Bay supported by Mariners Church.
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: First Presbyterian Church San Mateo, Santa Teresa Catholic Parish, and Calvary Church.
Backpack Drive: 678 foster youth received new backpacks with school supplies collected from churches throughout our region.
Giving Tree: Donor generosity at corporations and churches enabled us to deliver over 2,000 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.
Education and Support Events & Programs
Parent Child Connection Support Groups: 6
CPR/First Aid Classes 2
Adult Beneficiaries: 2,321
Child Beneficiaries: 4,216
Concordance Relational Practice (“CRP”)
October 8, 2016 Fifty parents learned how we can use CRP to provide the support and care needed for children who have been exposed to early life stress by improving their ability to care for others in a reciprocal way. Led by Thedy Valez, MFT
Reset Day: Celebrating Your Family Story
January 7, 2017 Twenty-two adoptive families explored how to use their own stories to intersect and influence the stories of their children. Led by Nancy Ng, MA
If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy
February 24, 2017 Thirty-eight network families attended a private training by the Founder of Beyond Consequences Institute, focusing on solutions for self-care and healing from their own early life experiences. Led by Heather Forbes, LCSW
Understanding the Dysregulated Child at Home and School
February 25, 2017 Seventy-six caregivers and professionals were given effective techniques to help address issues at home such as sibling rivalry, disrespect, disobedience and more. Led by Heather Forbes, LCSW
Empowered to Connect Live Simulcast
April 7-8, 2017 This training featured the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the TCU Institute of Child Development to help develop attachment and connection in families. Hosted by Neighborhood Bible Church.
“Paul and I attended the Forbes training. She used the phrase “paradigm shift” a lot. Shifting from the thinking of “What can I do to change my child’s behavior?” to “What can I do right now to improve my relationship with my child?” has been very freeing to us. Part of this paradigm shift was learning to see difficult behavior differently. To see it as a sign of stress and overwhelm, instead of focusing only on the presenting behavior. We are now able to look behind the behavior, find the source of stress, and use our energy to find creative ways to reduce the stress for our child. We have found this to be a much more successful way to help with problem behaviors.”
– Rachel Taylor
Teens in foster group homes as well as young adults in need of transitional housing remain amongst our top concerns. By cooking in group home locations and co-sponsoring special events and education in collaboration with both San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, 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, Half Moon Bay, 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, LCSW and Leslie Harkin taught the class with help from Hannah Dawley, Lisa and Jesse Greek-Donnellan, and JoAnne Morris at Union Church in Los Altos with help from volunteers Lisa and Jesse, giving parents time to worship and rest.
Foster, Adoptive, Kinship, Reunified and other At-Risk Families Served: 778
Volunteer Service Opportunities: 4,434
Volunteer Hours: 14,997
All of the Events and Programs listed herein are staffed by dedicated volunteers without whom this ministry would not be possible.
Caring for our Caregivers: A Day on the Farm
Appreciating those that open their homes to at-risk children is at the core of our ministry and goes a long way toward the retention of foster homes. As part of its “Serve Your City” tradition, Menlo Church contributed to the funding and recruited an army of 45 volunteers, enabling the ministry to treat 220 children and their caregivers to an amazing day at Hidden Villa Farm! A wide variety of outdoor family games and activities kept young children busy and families enjoying time together and making new friends.
Christmas Party – 296 children and their families enjoyed dinner, crafts, games, a pageant, and a picture with Santa on December 10, 2016.
Easter Eggstravaganza – Families of 108 children created holiday crafts, enjoyed an Easter egg hunt, participated in a raffle, and heard the Resurrection story.
Mother’s Day Brunch – 50 foster and adoptive moms enjoyed a delicious brunch and each other’s company while listening to an inspirational message from Sandi Orlando, RN and foster parent for more than 55 medically fragile infants.
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 2016, 33 remarkable volunteers invested over 3,860 service hours as residential counselors and helped raise the funds for 64 at-risk youth to enjoy a week of swimming, rock climbing, zip line, water slide and Bible club activities at Mission Springs’ Frontier Ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 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.
Volunteers of the Year!
The Mt. View / Los Altos “Service League of Boys” (affectionately referred to as “The SLOBs”) are a force to be reckoned with! These 7th-12th graders are available at a moment’s notice and the SLOBs have come to the ministry’s rescue throughout the year. From sorting and distributing backpacks and Christmas presents to flipping and serving pancakes to raise money for camp, they get the job done. What an inspiration it has been to see teenage boys selflessly investing their time to help kids less fortunate. Bravo, SLOBs!