Our Residential Program
We are blessed to know we have made a difference in even one child’s life. We consider caring for our children during a season of their lives a privilege. Our goal is to be faithful in that season as we strive to develop their lives spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. God is glorified when children who have lived here for a time return to share their success stories with us.
Children are our first priority
Collins Home & Family Ministries began as a ministry to rescue children from painful situations and to provide a safe, loving, nurturing environment where they can learn, grow and thrive. Over the years, we have been blessed to care for hundreds of children, creating for them a home environment where they are part of an extended family in a community that cares for and supports them.
The “group home” model we have developed creates a Christian family atmosphere where Christian couples serve as parent role models and provide a structured home where eight children live together as siblings. This, we feel, not only provides immediate support for children in distress; it also teaches them how to live in a family, to get along with others, express and settle differences and develop relationships. The need for family, the need to belong – and to care for others in return – is a very basic human need.
Our vision is a community focused on improving the lives of children and families in need, teaching them life skills, and helping them reach their potential as happy, productive citizens. Our ministry to families offers support in many ways:
We provide a safe home for children whose lives are in crisis
We help them learn to live and work with others
We work with parents and children to teach important life skills, self-sufficiency and a strong work ethic that will improve their own quality of life and that of the whole community.
In all that we do, we share our Christian values as the foundation of a happy home and a productive life.
Each child attends church services with his or her family each week with the goal of developing a heart and mind that serves God.
We provide counseling services in order to teach the children healthy problem-solving methods, resolution of past issues, and to maintain a positive self-image.
Emphasis is placed on the child’s maximum effort regarding education. Tutorial assistance is provided as needed.
We also encourage each child to develop her individual talents. Believing that these children deserve the same opportunities as others, we are their advocate. We know that they can rise above their circumstances and become productive leaders and citizens, to do their part to ease the sufferings of others in the future.