WE ARE A MINISTRY SEEKING TO ADVOCATE FOR THE FOSTER CARE COMMUNITY.
IT IS THE MISSION OF FOR THE SAKE OF ONE TO ASSIST WITH THE REUNIFICATION OF FAMILIES THROUGH FIVE AREAS:
Many times, when children are removed, they are not allowed to take anything with them to their new home. With this resource room, foster parents get essentials to care for a new child. Biological families are also able to utilize this room in order to provide resources in their home to prevent removal.
We hope to decrease the burn-out rate of case workers through encouraging them with prayer and treats.
We desire to build relationships with parents who are fighting to get their kids back and help them find the resources they need to meet their goals including resources in our Blessing Boutique and parenting classes.
We also have a program called Building Healthy Families where our social worker, Lauren, receives referrals from both local hospitals and First Choice Pregnancy Center of families who have new babies and are struggling. Lauren works with these families to support them and provide positive parenting alternatives. Our goal is to prevent future abuse and neglect.
At the time of writing this there are 164 children in Miller and Little River counties and 117 children in Bowie and Cass counties in foster care. There are only 18 foster homes in Miller and Little River counties and 27 foster homes in Bowie and Cass counties. That means that if each home is at max capacity, we can only provide a bed for 90 of the 281 children that are currently in care in the Texarkana area while the others get sent away as far as Fayetteville and Dallas.
We have a Foster Parents’ Night Out monthly. Many foster parents never get a break because of the requirements from the state so we give them a night off. We have monthly support groups for foster and adoptive parents that are hosted by local churches. We also provide school supplies and Christmas presents for all kinship and foster placements from Miller, Bowie, Cass, and Little River counties.
In the Spring of 2014, Samuel and Angela Coston felt God calling them to do something in Texarkana to bring awareness to the foster care crisis. They were both teachers, foster parents and members of Beech Street FBC.
As they prayed about it, they felt God guiding them to form a church ministry, so they followed the 8 steps in "Launching an Orphans Ministry in Your Church" by Paul Pennington and Jason Weber and launched For the Sake of One with a school supply drive for 25 foster children in Texarkana, TX. Beech Street embraced the ministry and it grew over the next 3 years.
During this time, Angela and Samuel stayed busy with teaching and fostering. Many of other ministry leaders (David and Laura Orr, Josh and Jaclyn Thane, Sara Carper, and Sarah White) also had small children in their homes and stayed busy. Because of this, many of the things that they had wanted to do through the ministry didn’t get done.
One of the things that For the Sake of One did was host a quarterly parents’ night out for foster parents.
On February 24, 2017, Angela was walking around Beech Street FBC getting things ready before anyone else arrived and she clearly heard God tell her, “Angela, THIS is what I created you to do.” This began a journey (that you can read more about here) which led to Angela quitting her teaching job and stepping out in faith to launch For the Sake of One as a non-profit in Texarkana.
God has truly grown For the Sake of One more than we could have ever imagined. In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, we served 1098 clients and had more than 15 churches partner with us. We continue to serve foster families, adoptive families, kinship families, struggling families, case workers, and foster children in Miller, Little River, Bowie and Cass counties.
PRAY for the orphan care crisis across the nation to be resolved. Sign up here to be added to our prayer list
We need people to organize/run the Blessing Boutique, provide mentorship for biological parents, care for children in parents’ nights out, encourage caseworkers, AND become foster parents. Find out more here
INVITE us to come talk to your church or a group at your church. The more people know of this need, the more we can do to solve the problem.