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Christian Children’s Home of Ohio

Help open Ryan’s eyes to a hopeful future

Ryan should be dead. If he had his way, one of his many suicide attempts would have prevented him from seeing his 14th birthday. Thankfully, he’s still here today. Your $80 gift can help ensure Ryan celebrates many more birthdays to come.

Let me tell you more about Ryan and how you can help him to see his life as a gift from his loving Creator.

Ryan’s father committed suicide when Ryan was just 10. He was never the same. His mom suffered from unmanaged mental health and personality disorders, so Ryan never knew what kind of mood she would be in when he got home from school. Because of her volatile personality and crippling heroin addiction, Ryan felt responsible for protecting his siblings from their chaotic home environment. His mom also engaged in toxic relationships with men who ended up sexually abusing Ryan. He turned to drugs and alcohol to numb his pain, often running away from home and selling sexual favors on the street to meet his basic needs. Suicide seemed like his only way out.

Ryan’s story is heartbreaking, but his traumatic past doesn’t have to dictate his future. Your $80 donation can give him a night of safety and care. You can help keep him off the streets for good!

Ryan is still trying to process through the trauma he’s experienced. He is a sensitive and caring young man who enjoys writing, drawing and listening to music. He longs to connect with the people in his life but too often believes that he is the reason for his mother’s violent outbursts. He has spent time in inpatient psych hospitals searching for ways to cope with his swirling emotions. After repeatedly being wounded by the adults in his life, Ryan determined that life wasn’t worth living.

Your $80 gift can provide him with the vital treatment and behavior strategies he needs to finally find wholeness and healing. You can show Ryan that he is loved unconditionally, and that someone he doesn’t even know is rooting for him.

Your gift can help ensure Ryan never tries to take his own life again.

After his father died, Ryan stopped going to church. “I don’t understand why God lets people die,” he says. Where previously he has only known confusion, chaos and pain, you can give Ryan a glimpse of the radical kind of love that will change his life forever. Ryan and so many hurting kids like him just need to know that someone cares, that love is available even for them, that their future is secure because they have been created for a purpose.

Ryan felt powerless in his own home without a say in how he was treated. Your support can give him the opportunity to build healthy new relationships based on mutual trust, respect and love.

Will you help open Ryan’s eyes to a new and hopeful future with a donation today?

A safe place for Ryan

Will you consider an $80 gift so that Ryan and other girls and boys like him can experience a night of safety and begin to experience their worth in Christ?

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VBS programs win MVP award (Story 32 of 50)

CCHO is celebrating 50 years of ministry! Throughout 2019, we will be sharing stories of the lives that have been forever changed by the work God has done through our family of ministries (CCHO, Encourage Foster Care and Encompass Christian Counseling). This summer, we were tremendously blessed by a group of churches who supported CCHO through their VBS programs. In story #32 in our 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry series, we say “thanks!”

We are so grateful for the collection of caring churches that have supported CCHO and our family of ministries over the past five decades. Without the fundraising dollars they’ve contributed, the hours upon hours of volunteer help they’ve provided, the steady stream of prayers they’ve lifted on our behalf, and all the other ways they have been involved, there would be countless children, adults and families who were never given an opportunity to find hope and healing on the other side of their pain.

Church support has always been crucial to our purpose of helping people experience their worth in Christ, and this summer, a number of awesome churches (see the full list below the video) elected to give to CCHO through their Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs. These VBS contributions included items our residential program needed for the children we serve along with more than $10,000 in financial donations. Wow!!

Thank You!!

Several members of our residential staff express their gratitude to the host of churches that donated to CCHO through their VBS programs this summer. Watch the video to learn more about this inspiring act of generosity!

Thank you to the following churches for making us their featured mission for VBS this summer:

Barrs Mill Church of God
Croton Church of Christ
Danville Church of Christ
Dover First Christian Church
East Liberty Church of Christ

Eden Church of Christ
Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church
Grape Grove Church of Christ
Heath Church of Christ
Louisville Christian Church

Louisville Church of Christ
Meadow View Church of Christ
Orrville Christian Church
Pleasant Grove Church of Christ
Victory Church of Christ

If your church is interested in making CCHO its featured mission for your 2020 VBS program, please contact Dan Franks, Director of Development, at franksd@ccho.org or 330.345.7949 ext. 2336.

Celebrating Five Decades of Ministry

This story is part of our "50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry" retrospective. Throughout 2019, we will be sharing 50 stories about the broken hearts, broken people, and broken families that have been made new by a loving and redemptive God. Have your own story about CCHO and our family of ministries? Click the button below to share it with us.

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Proud to be a BBB accredited charity

CCHO and our family of ministries have recently achieved Charity Accreditation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This significant achievement affirms that we are committed to integrity and best practices as a nonprofit organization.

CCHO President and CEO Kevin Hewitt says, “We are so pleased to be acknowledged by the BBB and be part of an elite group of charities nationwide that meet their high level of accountability. This status is an honor for our organization especially in our 50th anniversary year. Many thanks to our staff for their quality work and dedication.”

The BBB measures a variety of factors including board oversight, fundraising practices, finances and measuring effectiveness. The depth of BBB charity evaluation goes beyond that typically included in financial statements and government filings, as well as a deeper dive than other charity monitoring organizations.

Each BBB charity report process involves a rigorous evaluation of the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability as well as any needed guidance on how to implement processes and procedures with excellence. This accreditation signifies that CCHO and our family of ministries are committed to trust and transparency in the giving community.

We are truly excited about this achievement and hope you will join us in celebration.

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Back to school

It’s back-to-school time! We hope your children are transitioning well into the school year routine. This is a big change and can be a struggle for students as they settle in with peers, teachers and schedules.

We’re looking forward to kicking off the new school year for the youth in our residential center. In the early days of CCHO, student-age residents attended public school locally. In more recent years, we have provided classrooms with licensed teachers right here on our Wooster campus. These learning environments in our Children’s Leadership & Recreation Center are tailored to address the unique needs of children with trauma.

Due to a change in their service focus, we are transitioning away from Summit Academy as our school provider. For the 2019-2020 school year, we are pleased to begin a partnership with Norwayne Local Schools. Many of our kids are behind developmentally and academically because of trauma and neglect. Their teaching staff will help our students get back on track and see school as a positive place.

Classes start on Monday, September 9. In addition to praying for our students and staff, we have a few unique requests that you may be able to fulfill.

• Large wall map of Ohio
• 40 Classroom Headphones – over the head style, full ear coverage
• Base Ten counting blocks for math (100 to 200 pieces)
• Kidney (or arc) shaped table for elementary-school students (48×72 inch)

Please contact Lauren at steinerl@ccho.org to coordinate your donation purchase/drop-off/delivery. Donations may be shipped directly to CCHO through Amazon Smile or other stores.

Thank you for helping our students feel supported in the new school year. It’s a tangible way for them to experience their worth in Christ.

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Encourage a generation

Without the encouragement from caring CCHO staff, Brent and Mia may not have gotten baptized. Both of these young residents carried many years of severe abuse and trauma with them when they came to our campus last year. The people in their lives that should have protected them instead repeatedly hurt them, and they believed they couldn’t trust anyone. But because of the loving actions and encouraging words of our staff, Brent and Mia opened their hearts to God and eventually ended up getting baptized during their time with CCHO!

You too can powerfully impact the lives of boys and girls who are in desperate need of hope and encouragement from others.

The kids on our campus spend a lot of time in our new Children’s Leadership & Recreation Center (LRC), whether they’re coming in for the school day, enjoying a meal in the cafeteria, playing games in the gym or engaging in our recreational therapy programs. Imagine how powerful it would be for those boys and girls to see an encouraging message from you or your favorite Bible verse each time they walk to the CLRC!

By purchasing a legacy brick with your name or inspirational message (or both!), you could play a vital role in the next baptisms on our campus. Your words can be a source of incredible encouragement on the next generation of kids in need.

Our world can be so discouraging, leaving many of us scared and scarred. God intends each of us to encourage others so that, together, we can find joy amidst that pain and brokenness (see Hebrews 3:13 and 1 Thessalonians 4:18). Children like Brent and Mia used that encouragement to embrace a relationship with their Savior. Your words of encouragement can help others turn their lives over to Jesus. What a powerful legacy you can leave for future generations on our campus!

Leave a legacy for kids in need

Purchase your legacy brick today and be part of the eternal story God is writing in the lives of these children. What message do you want to leave for them on your brick?

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Help rewrite Emily’s story

Emily feels unwanted, less than, disposable. Her mother told her that she first considered giving Emily up for adoption when she learned she was pregnant, and her step-father has repeatedly abused her. Your $80 gift today can give Emily hope, perhaps for the first time in her life.

Emily’s parents divorced when she was very young and her mother remarried an abusive man. Emily recalls physical and sexual abuse by her step-father, and her mother did nothing to stop it. They clearly favored her younger step-brother, though, and the favoritism he enjoyed only made Emily feel lonelier and more worthless. She eventually moved between eight different foster homes, where she started self-harming behaviors. She even threatened to kill herself.

Emily has felt scared and insignificant for most of her life. For only $80, you can give her a night of safety and relief from her crippling fear. Your generosity can help her experience unconditional love for the first time ever.

Despite her history of abuse and rejection, Emily is a friendly 10-year-old girl who does well in school and enjoys drawing, dancing and painting her nails. Sadly, years of traumatic experiences have made it extremely difficult for Emily to form meaningful relationships with other children her age. Without effective therapy to address her PTSD and other symptoms, she may always struggle relationally.

But you can help Emily find victory. The neglect and abuse her mother and step-father subjected her to don’t have to define Emily’s future. Instead of feeling worthless, she can come to know just how much she’s worth to her Heavenly Father. That knowledge can change everything!

Your $80 gift can help provide Emily and other kids like her with the vital treatment and strategies they need as they process the pain they’ve suffered. Emily didn’t have a say in how she was treated in her own home. After years of abuse and neglect, you can give her the opportunity to develop healthy relationships built on trust and unconditional love.

Emily’s mother recently gave up parental rights to Emily. She has had no contact or interaction with her biological father for most of her life. She has spent countless days in different hospitals after harming herself and threatening suicide.

Your gift, today, can rewrite Emily’s story. Your $80 donation can change her life.

Will you help Emily come to believe that her past doesn’t have to determine her future? Imagine the difference you can make!

A safe place for Emily

Will you consider an $80 gift so that Emily and other girls and boys like her can experience a night of safety and begin to experience their worth in Christ?

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CCHO: The Next 50 Years (Story 21 of 50)

CCHO is celebrating 50 years of ministry! Throughout 2019, we will be sharing stories of the lives that have been forever changed by the work God has done through our family of ministries (CCHO, Encourage Foster Care and Encompass Christian Counseling). During our 50th Anniversary Benefit Dinner, we debuted several original videos to help celebrate the life change God has initiated through five decades of ministry. Today’s video, Story #19 in our 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry series, looks ahead in anticipation of what God may do with CCHO and our family of ministries over the next 50 years.

The Next 50 Years (#21)

Several CCHO employees share their vision for what’s ahead for our family of ministries and what “More” might look like over the next 50 years. Click here to see the full recap from our 50th Anniversary Benefit Dinner.

Celebrating Five Decades of Ministry

This story is part of our "50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry" retrospective. Throughout 2019, we will be sharing 50 stories about the broken hearts, broken people, and broken families that have been made new by a loving and redemptive God. Have your own story about CCHO and our family of ministries? Click the button below to share it with us.

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A guided imagery narrative (Story 18 of 50)

CCHO is celebrating 50 years of ministry! Throughout 2019, we will be sharing stories of the lives that have been forever changed by the work God has done through our family of ministries (CCHO, Encourage Foster Care and Encompass Christian Counseling). During our 50th Anniversary Benefit Dinner, we debuted several original videos to help celebrate the life change God has initiated through five decades of ministry. Story #18 in our 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry series provides a sobering look into the trauma experienced by one of our young residents and the hope that God ultimately provided through CCHO’s treatment program.

When new residents arrive at CCHO, our therapy team writes a guided imagery narrative from the perspective of the child. These narratives are designed to take the reader on a journey through each child’s past while describing their fears, abuse and trauma in detail. Listening to the guided imagery helps CCHO’s residential staff fully understand what the child has been through so they can approach negative behaviors with empathy and compassion. All of this allows us to better connect with each resident by providing treatment that is tailored to their specific experiences and needs.

We shared the following guided imagery during our 50th Anniversary Benefit Dinner to give those in attendance a deeper understanding of the challenges facing our residents, and we’re sharing it on our blog today for the same reason. As a word of caution, the story is intense.

Guided Imagery (#18)

Sadly, this is a true story of the trauma endured by one of our residents. Many boys and girls come to CCHO with similar stories of abuse and neglect. Click here to see the full recap from our 50th Anniversary Benefit Dinner.

Celebrating Five Decades of Ministry

This story is part of our "50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry" retrospective. Throughout 2019, we will be sharing 50 stories about the broken hearts, broken people, and broken families that have been made new by a loving and redemptive God. Have your own story about CCHO and our family of ministries? Click the button below to share it with us.

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