Grace Point Church


HopeNWA – OCTOBER 1, 2016

One of Grace Point’s core values is to BE Christ to our own community. Many of our covenant members support and help facilitate a number of organizations and ministries in Northwest Arkansas. HopeNWA is a large one day outreach designed to rally our entire church family to serve in our community and support hundreds of lives through a number of activities.  Our vision is for the Church to come alongside children of broken families in NWA to provide unwavering support of foster and adoptive families through our time, talents, and treasure.

On Saturday, October 1, we have the opportunity to support our local Foster parents and families. DHS (Department of Human Services) is providing training to foster parents through their annual conference here at GPC on that day. Our goal is to host and support foster families by investing in their children, providing meals, and encouraging entire families during the conference.

What we want to be very clear on, is that this is not “childcare”. We have members who have spent time evaluating some of the incredible aspects of our Adventure Point Daycamp, and have crafted an entire day of relational, fun activities that their children will enjoy and our GPC people will love helping with! We aren’t asking volunteers to keep children entertained. We are extending opportunities to our church and our community to be a blessing in the life of a child while their parents are receiving further training in order to Foster.

In addition to childcare and hospitality, we’ll be sending out teams of volunteers to homes we’ve identified to do some backyard projects that will create space for families to spend meaningful time together. That’s not all! We’ll also be showing our support and appreciation to our local law enforcement personnel. There are many opportunities to volunteer and serve those who are serving others everyday.

We are anticipating over 300 volunteers, and we pray you will mark your calendar and talk with your family about spending an exciting day serving with HopeNWA on October 1. Register by clicking the button!

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows…” –
James 1:27

Rooted deep within our Mosaic Ministry (so named for making beauty from broken pieces) is a love for families in Northwest Arkansas.  We want to network with any local organization or ministry in an effort to walk alongside families who are fostering or in the process of adoption.  Together we hope to provide education for potential adoptive and foster families and offer loving support, mentoring for children and teenagers, and even serve transitional homes and other agencies that are having an impact on orphans and foster children.

We have a number of families in our church who have fostered children and teenagers in the past or are currently serving as foster families. We also have couples who have adopted children into their forever family. But as Grace Point grows and as the number of families moving in and out of Northwest Arkansas continues to change, we want to do well with identifying adoptive and foster families and their needs.

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Foster Parents’ Night Out

Grace Point hosts several Foster Parents’ Night Out events each year, as well as offering classes on fostering and adoption, and allowing other foster/adoption agencies to use our building for their events.

Click on the box below for more information regarding Foster Parents’ Night Out and registration.

Foster Parents' Night Out FAQ

What is FPNO? FPNO provides two to three hours of respite for foster parents while Grace Point members spend time and caring for and entertaining your children.

How often do you offer FPNO? We offer FPNO about four times a year.

Is there a charge? No absolutely not! FPNO is completely free.

What ages of children may come to FPNO? All ages covered by the foster system may attend.

What activities take place during FPNO? Please check back for updates.

Do I need to be a member of Grace Point Church to bring my kids to FPNO? No. Our church wants to support any foster family in our community and so we invite all foster families.

How do I sign up for the next FPNO?  Check our EVENT PAGE for registration and updated scheduling information and be sure to keep an eye in our website, bulletin, and E-News update for the latest info on FPNO.

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The Arkansas State CASA Association

The Arkansas State CASA Association supports local programs providing qualified volunteer advocates to help abused and neglected children in juvenile dependency-neglect proceedings reach safe, permanent homes. Through CASA, trained court appointed volunteers represent the best interests of an abused or neglected child for whom placement is being determined by the juvenile court.

GPC CONTACT: Kelly Cope (kelly_cope@hotmail.com)

Becky's Kids

Becky’s Kids is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring love, encouragement, and hope to Arkansas foster children. Working closely with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, they identify specific needs for the foster children and partner with the community to meet those needs.

GPC CONTACT: Jessica Eldred (jessicaeldred@cox.net)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton County

Boys & Girls Club of Benton County offers a safe, convenient and affordable place for children to learn, play, socialize and develop life skills that are essential to a successful and productive future. They serve school-aged children in the Northwest Arkansas area, providing out-of-school youth development and family programs that support in-school learning, promote health and wellness, and develop honorable character and leadership. They also mediate emergent family needs.

GPC CONTACT: Kevin Crow (kevin@gracepointchurch.net)

Bright Futures

Bright Futures is a grass-roots community-based program that creates partnerships and utilizes community resources for the common goal of helping kids and strengthening our families and community. Bright Futures is about cultural change and building a community where education is important and valued.

GPC CONTACT: Amanda Kelly Musick (amusick@bentonvillek12.org)

D.E.B. Project

The DEB Project is an outreach program with a heart to help every child in need with clothing essentials.  The goal of the organization is to provide an unmet gap in clothing needs to children who are victims of either disasters, economic distress or are entering the foster care system.  The organization strives to honor these clothing requests with dignity and grace.

If you would like to provide items for care packages or the essentials that Foster Families need whenever they receive a new child, please contact Sammy Laney or consider dropping by DEB Project to get a visual for the new location and an updated list of items families currently need.

 

DEB Project is continually looking for volunteers to serve in the store, as well as new clothing for babies – teenagers, and many different items such as baby bedding, diapers, toiletries and hygiene products for birth – teens, underwear for all ages, and even lice treatment kits.

For more information regarding this organization you can click on this link and it will guide you to the website.  http://www.debproject.com.

GPC CONTACT: Sammy Laney (s.laney479@sbcglobal.net)

Faith in Action

Faith in Action is a small non-profit outreach program run through the Washington Regional Medical Foundation. They rely on committed volunteers to help provide homebound seniors with free, non-medical services, promoting their independence, dignity, and quality of life. Volunteers provide many services including transportation to physician appointments, friendly visits, grocery shopping, chore assistance, light housekeeping, and yard maintenance.

GPC CONTACT: Penny Stamile (pstamile@cox.net)

Laundry Love

Laundry Love Projects partner with community volunteers to provide clean clothes to those living in situations of poverty. It is their mission to turn Laundromats into hubs of relief from oppressive poverty. The hope is to build relationships and share a meal while restoring the dignity of wearing clean clothes.

GPC CONTACT: Lori Badeen (lori.badeen@gmail.com)

Loving Choices

Loving Choices exists to provide counseling and limited medical services to any woman who may find herself experiencing a reproductive health crisis, whether it is an unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease. They give unconditional care to preserve and protect human life so their clients can find hope. Loving Choices offers medical services, educational classes, emotional support, and baby items from the beginning of pregnancy until nine months after birth.

GPC CONTACT: Dana Schwiethale (dana@lovingchoices.org)

Sara's HOPE

Sara’s HOPE is a faith-based agency for victims of domestic violence and abuse providing advocacy, counseling, and resources to equip each client to overcome the effects of abuse and move forward in life.

GPC CONTACT: Vicki Thomas (vstservant49@yahoo.com)

Saving Grace

Saving Grace provides transitional living for young women between the ages of 18 and 25 who have aged out of foster care and/or are facing homelessness without critical supports in place.

GPC CONTACT: Jaclyn Williams (jaclyn.sginwa@gmail.com)

Souls' Harbor NWA

Souls’ Harbor NWA is a transitional-living facility for men that provides food, clothing, shelter, educational, and employment opportunities free of charge, while walking alongside men who are ready to reconstruct their lives. They are dedicated to restoring individuals, rebuilding families, and transforming communities.

GPC CONTACT: David McEntire (mac_was_here@yahoo.com)

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