Who would have guessed that a single-family house, an old barn and a couple out-buildings on 175 acres in Wooster, OH would have turned into…this? When Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO) opened in 1969, the vision of our founders was both simple and profound: a place where kids and God could meet. As we celebrate our 50th year of ministry in 2019, we are grateful that their vision has not only been fulfilled, but that it’s grown into our purpose of helping children, adults and families experience their worth in Christ.
In those 50 years, CCHO has expanded in so many ways. We now have four residential cottages on our campus housing as many as 36 kids at a time; we’ve developed a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the mental, emotional, physical, recreational and spiritual needs of each of our young residents; we offer equine-assisted therapy from One Heart Stables here on campus; and today, our family of ministries includes Encompass Christian Counseling and Encourage Foster Care.
50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry
To commemorate our 50th anniversary, we will be sharing stories of the lives that have been forever changed by the work God has done through our family of ministries. Check back throughout the year for more stories from this series.
Have a story of your own to share? Submit it using the form at the bottom of this page!
Tell Us Your Story
Are you a former CCHO resident? Maybe a past employee or board member, or someone connected to Encourage Foster Care or Encompass Christian Counseling? Have you supported our ministries financially or by volunteering your time and talents? If you’ve been connected to our family of ministries in any way over the last 50 years, we’d love to hear your story. Has your life been impacted by our family of ministries in a meaningful way? Simply fill out the form below with as much detail as you’d like and hit that “send” button. We’ll be sharing submitted stories throughout the year and yours could be included!
Revisit Our Weekend Celebration!
We will be commemorating our 50th anniversary throughout 2019, but our Celebration Weekend stands as the highlight of the year for our family of ministries. On Friday, June 7, we ushered in a new era for our young residents with the ribbon cutting for our Children’s Leadership and Recreation Center. On Saturday, June 8, we celebrated all that God has done through CCHO and our family of ministries at our benefit dinner. And we wrapped the weekend up on Sunday, June 9 by welcoming nearly 1400 people onto our campus at the seventh annual Great Grill Off.
Saturday, June 8
Our golden reunion was a sweet time of celebration for the more than 200 people in attendance. Punctuated with a powerful time of worship, a host of inspiring stories, and original videos looking back on 50 years of history and looking ahead to what God may have in store for us over the next 50 years, this was an evening to remember.
Sunday, June 9
This Wayne County summer favorite just keeps getting better and better! A record number of people attended this year’s Great Grill Off to vote for their favorite burgers and enjoy a variety of kid-friendly activities, including hay rides, face painting and carnival games. Spoon Market took home the title for the third-straight year! Can they do it again in 2020?
Five decades of ministry would be impossible without the incredible support of local businesses and organizations who share our heart for helping people experience their worth in Christ. Thank you to our generous sponsors who made the 50th Celebration Weekend possible.
Our 50th Anniversary invitations were generously supported by Northern Ohio Printing.