The Orphan

 

"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." James 1:27

 

Did you know?

Within the U.S. there are over 400,000 children currently living in foster care. In many cases these children are victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment, in some cases one or both of their parents have died. The statistics on children and homelessness within the U.S. is even more alarming; 1.5 million or 1 in 50 children experience homelessness each year. The global statistics on orphans are even more catastrophic, the current estimate is over 140 million worldwide. This is a complex issue and CityServe is making a difference across several different fronts both domestically and globally.

 

How can you make a difference?

 

Royal Family Kids Camp

For more than 20 years, Canyon Hills has organized a summer camp for abused and neglected children from Kern County’s foster care system. Each year, volunteers from our church spend a week being the hands and feet of Jesus to children who have suffered abuse and neglect and been removed from their home.

 

Can one week really make a difference? You bet it can! During that week of camp, children are treated like royalty! Most importantly, kids learn that no matter what hardships they may experience, there is a God who loves and cares for them more than they could ever imagine!

 

Throughout the year, many of our camp staff meet with campers for an ongoing Royal Family Kids Club and mentorship.

 

Pathway Family Services

Since 2006, Pathway Family Services has answered the call to care for the needs of these foster children by training, certifying, and supporting resource families in their brave efforts to re-write the stories of abused and neglected children. Pathway Family Services has transformed the lives of a great number of abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families by providing safe homes, counseling, resources, and education for both foster children and resource families.

 

Established, proven, and respected, Pathway Family Services provides services to children in Kern, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Tulare, and Riverside Counties and San Bernardino County. Pathway Family Services is fully committed to seeing the lives of these precious children healed, restored, and set on a steady path for life-long success.

 

Rick Smith

CityServe Director: The Orphan Initiative