Cindy Mericle, Love Fosters Hope Executive Director
Please watch this video. These are amazing teens and young adults who are now part of the Love Fosters Hope family. You can join our family too!
In 2015, a young man was placed in a foster to adopt home. While in that adoptive home the foster mother he had known for 5 years died. Then His sister was murdered. His mentor and his wife walked him through both of these losses. He was clearly grief-stricken. The adoptive family said they couldn’t deal with this grief and the adoption failed. He was transferred to an Emergency Shelter until he aged out of care at the age of 18. At one of our Love Fosters Hope camps, he wrote this poem, called “A Home Found Me.” I was so confused by the title knowing what he had been through and I asked him, “What home are you talking about?” And he said, “Camp, Love Fosters Hope. This is my home, this is my family.“
These kids long to experience the acceptance and provisions others often take for granted, and instead face a future of uncertainty where so many odds are stacked against them. Our mission is to model the character of Jesus for them, show them their value as individuals, and equip them with the tools they need to live independently and to the fullness of their God-given potential. The centerpiece of our ministry is summer camps, where youth with foster care backgrounds can trade feelings of hurt and rejection for self-esteem and respect.
We believe in acknowledging and confronting the dark reality of what these precious young people have faced. With our summer camps and mentoring program, we seek to not just tell them about who they can be and what they can accomplish, but also provide examples they can follow as they begin anew. LFH accepts donations of both time and financial resources from those who share our heart in changing the present and future for kids who deserve far better than their past. Together, through love, we can change the face of foster care.