In 1977, Joe and Anne Rackley began a spiritual journey, which led them to answer the Lord’s call to establish the Roxie Anna Collins Children’s Home Ministry, which was later renamed to Collins Home & Family Ministries...and then again in 2015 to Collins Children's Home. The Home was named for Joe’s grandmother, a devout Christian and pastor’s wife, who lived all of her 93 years in Oconee County.
Following much research and legal work involving licensing and chartering, the Rackley's began construction of their home in 1979, on property Joe purchased years before in Oconee County. An engineer, Joe used his technical skills to construct the original residence to care for children who could no longer live in their own homes. In 1980, Joe and Anne welcomed their first resident – an eight year-old girl to the home.
For 18 years Joe and Anne, along with their daughter Kimberly, ministered to children. Several months after Kimberly married Mike Kunz in 1996, they became houseparents and functioned in that capacity for over a year.
Joe and Anne came to realize that if the ministry was going to live past their lifetime, they needed to move the ministry from their personal home to a ministry site. In 1998, Collins Home was relocated to a 26-acre piece of property donated by the Tribble Foundation, and construction was completed on the Roxie Anna Collins Home that would provide the same loving environment that Joe and Anne created for so many years.
In 2000, the Rackley Family Enrichment Center was completed. It is the center of the ministry’s outreach program. It offers counseling opportunities to struggling families in the community. There is also space for the children to utilize for tutoring and to do computer work as well as a well-stocked library. Meeting spaces are available for the children, houseparents, staff, and others involved with the ministry to utilize for group dinners, meetings, training sessions, etc. There is also office space for the administrative staff.
In 2002, the Golden Brothers Home was completed on the permanent campus. It is very similar in design to the Roxie Anna Collins Home and provides residential care for eight boys.
In 2005, the Respite Home was completed, along with BK's efficiency apartment.
Founders, Joe & Anne Rackley