50 Stories for 50 Years

Saying thanks and praying for more

We ask, Lord, that Your presence always graces us, that our words and actions reflect Your heart for people. We ask that You give us eyes to see the hurting and the broken, to see people as You do. May You give us the opportunity to reach even more people for You in the coming decades.

Generations of life-changing ministry (Story 50 of 50)

Karon first stepped foot on CCHO’s Wooster campus in November of 1981 when her parents, Tim and Pat McKelley, were hired as house parents in Cottage 2. This year, Karon celebrated her 25th work anniversary. What a way to wrap up our story series!

There from the start (Story 49 of 50)

I continue to be involved with CCHO in volunteer capacities. I co-chair the mission team at Orrville Christian Church, which is supporting church of CCHO. CCHO will always have a special place in my heart.

TBT: 50 photos from 50 years (Story 48 of 50)

TBT: 50 photos from 50 years (Story 48 of 50)

As we prepared to celebrate our 50th anniversary here at CCHO and our family of ministries, we started poring through old photo albums filled with rich, wonderful history. As this 50th year winds down, please enjoy 50 photos from our five decades of ministry.

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Christmas wishes come true (Story 46 of 50)

Christmas wishes come true (Story 46 of 50)

The youth in our residential center may not wake up in their own homes with their own families on Christmas morning, but because of kind and loyal supporters, they do wake up to an astonishing example of love.

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Loving in the in between (Story 45 of 50)

Loving in the in between (Story 45 of 50)

Amidst the heartache of grief and loss in the foster care system, our staff at Encourage has had the opportunity to witness the joy of adoption with many families throughout the last year. In fact, 12 children will finalize adoptions this year.

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Thank you from Katie (Story 44 of 50)

Thank you from Katie (Story 44 of 50)

Katie needed to feel safe. She needed to feel loved. Thanks to donors like you, Katie found the support, therapy and love she needed at CCHO. She was baptized during her time at CCHO, and today she lives with a new foster family. Katie wanted to say “thank you” for all you’ve done for her!

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Challenging and rewarding (Story 43 of 50)

Challenging and rewarding (Story 43 of 50)

I was told that this was a place where I would feel loved not just by the staff, but by God. Individual therapy sessions, group therapy, wish circles, rules to be followed (and broken at times), boundaries to be aware of, sharing a cottage with eight teenagers. Some days — many days — it was more than I could handle.

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