50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry
When CCHO was founded in 1969, one married couple in one farmhouse provided a safe place to stay for three to five kids at one time. Today, our family of ministries regularly serves more than 1,000 children and adults each month from nearly 20 different regional locations.
Through five decades of ministry, we have been privileged to watch broken people, broken families, and broken hearts be made new by a loving and redemptive God. To celebrate everything God has done in and through our agency, we shared 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry throughout 2019. These stories came from all corners of our ministry: former CCHO residents as well as past and present counseling clients and foster care families and children; current and former employees and board members; volunteers and long-time donors; and supporting churches.
Find all 50 stories below, plus a bonus post that wrapped up the series.
December 27, 2019
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.
November 11, 2019
Kristina Fryson, MSW, LSW, CTT shows the powerful difference that effective trauma treatment can make in someone’s life.
October 14, 2019
CCHO has been a part of my life for at least 20 years. God has filled this relationship with a combination of wonder, trial, and purpose.
September 16, 2019
Although all clients have a special story, some clients’ stories stick with you long after their treatment in the program has ended.
August 28, 2019
What started in 1994 as a small fundraiser has become an annual event that allows us to continue helping kids and families.
June 29, 2019
Louie Pantelis takes the storytelling reins today. Louie lived in fear and desperation as a teenager. But then he wound up on at CCHO.
May 16, 2019
I came to CCHO in 1971 and lived there until I graduated in 1975. I was the second resident. My memories are numerous but here are a few.
May 3, 2019
I met Mia when she first became a resident in our Young Girls Cottage. I was immediately struck by her kindness and vibrant personality.
April 11, 2019
Joey was a kindergarten student when I met him. He had the typical chubby cheeks of a kindergartener and he was missing his two front teeth.
March 27, 2019
From the first employee hired in 1969 to our most recent new hires, our staff have served by stepping into the pain and to offer hope.
March 15, 2019
For 50 years, Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO) has been “a place where kids and God can meet.”