CCHO loves churches

As we shared last year during our 50 Stories for 50 Years project, CCHO was founded by 12 local churches who had a heart to see kids grow and heal in a safe, loving environment. To this day, our church supporters are foundation to our ministry.

What would it look like for your church to get more involved at CCHO? We’d love to help you discover your church’s best way to respond to James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Here are several opportunities to help MORE people experience their worth in Christ:

Become a financial partner

Commit to giving monthly, quarterly or annually so kids and adults can break free from their painful pasts. As a nonprofit organization, the financial support of church partners ensures a healthy budget throughout the year to provide security and treatment to clients.

Participate in a campus workday

Bring a group to our residential campus in Wooster for a church volunteer workday and tour to see the ministry firsthand. Church work groups have completed a variety of projects: grounds clean-up and weeding, building a fence, replacing concrete around the swimming pool and other construction projects. Sharing your skills and resources makes a huge difference in our ministry and also gives your congregation the opportunity to directly provide for kids from hard places.

Choose CCHO as your VBS mission

Becoming a VBS partner with CCHO and help kids in a tangible way. Each summer, VBS church partners raise funds for specific kid-friendly, on-campus projects. Check out what we have planned for this summer.

Spark a new interest for our kids

Our children’s residential center welcomes “sparks visitors” who ignite youth interest in new hobbies and careers. Introduce our kids to yoga or soccer. Teach them to cook or care for animals. Engage them in a new art medium or science project. This could be a one-time visit or a weekly series for a short period of time. Would you help us identify and recruit volunteers for this special role?

Host a guest speaker

Raise awareness for kids and families who have experienced trauma by hosting a CCHO guest speaker at a church service or retreat. Tough topics like childhood trauma and substance abuse are often hidden away. We encourage you to shine a light on the need as well as the hope of healing that is possible with Christ. We are available throughout the year to speak to coincide with your missions programs or other events calendar.

Host a foster parent training

There is still a great need for foster parents and we would love the opportunity to share this need with your congregation as well as the hope Encourage Foster Care brings. We invite you partner with us in hosting the 36-hour foster prep course required to open your home to a child or teen in need. Or perhaps your first step is hosting a foster care awareness day in November on Orphan Sunday.

Provide a counseling space

Our outpatient mental health clinicians have outgrown our three main Encompass Christian Counseling office spaces. We currently have ten church partners who have provided an office to an Encompass counseling to be a resource for your congregation and local community. Will you be next and help MORE people find healing, discover hope and experience unconditional love?

Thank you for your time and consideration. Please contact Dan Franks, director of development, at with questions or use the form below to share your interest and Dan will follow up with you.

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