Together for Good creates pathways for the Church to come alongside vulnerable families in Christ-centered ministry. Together we work to ensure that families and children never walk alone.
When parents face crisis without a support system, they become vulnerable which increases the risk of trauma for children.
At Together for Good, we offer a safe home for children so that parents can pursue stability. This happens through our host families, who are trained volunteers that welcome at-risk children into their home – without being paid – for either short-term or long-term care. Additionally, we train and connect parent advocates to our TFG participant parents to provide ongoing relational support, so that parents are able to focus on being the best parent that they can be.
Temporary care of vulnerable children to give parents a safe option during a crisis. During a hosting, children are cared for by trained, volunteer host families. Crisis hostings range from one day to one year.
Ongoing respite care of children for parents. These hostings are typically one to three nights, one weekend per month. Like our crisis hostings, respite care is provided by trained host families who voluntarily care for children in their own home.
Parent advocates are Christian volunteers who connect with isolated parents to share hope through friendship. Parent advocates might bring over meals, help with job applications, or spend time listening and encouraging participant parents.
Organized by our church partners, wrap-around care includes practical support such as providing diaper delivery, school supplies, or a ride to church for families in need. It also includes support for host families, such as meals or babysitting.
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In 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 391,000 children and youth were in foster care. Most children are placed in foster care due to neglect. One of the largest contributors to child neglect or abuse is the social isolation of parents, especially when they are experiencing another crisis such as unemployment, homelessness, or health issues. The National Institutes for Health stated, "A one-unit increase in parental perceived social isolation (e.g., moving from 0 to 1) was associated with a 71% increase in the odds of parents physically neglecting their children."
Many assistance programs fail to provide what struggling parents need the most – relationships. At Together for Good, we walk alongside parents who are in a crisis by providing stable relationships and safe housing options for vulnerable children so that more families stay together. Our goal is to build a network of care around each parent that comes to us, and we do this through volunteers from local churches.
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"My advocate came to see me when I needed someone the most. At the hospital, after the baby was born, she was my only visitor! She was able to seek help from friends to bring my children and me dinner throughout the week. Great encouragement and love. She sees my strength as a mom and wants to know if I'm ok.
- TFG Participant Mom