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Four local churches sign up to be Care Communities through Promise 686 for families in crisis, foster or adoptive situations in Pickens. Congregational representatives are: Jim Douglas, Mountain View Community; Sue Lake, Fellowship Presbyterian; Shirley Parker, Pleasant Hill Christian; and Marcia Boyd, First Christian.

Promise 686 activates Care Portal for at risk children and their families in Pickens

            Over 50 persons concerned about at risk children and their families recently gathered to activate Promise 686’s Care Portal in Pickens.  Promise 686 is a  Christian organization based on Psalm 68:6, “to fulfill God’s promise to set ‘the lonely in families.”                                      

            One focus of Promise 686 and their partners is to “ignite a movement within the Church to embrace the mandate of bringing children in foster care, those children in danger of going into foster care and orphans into Christ-centered families.”

            The national program and local Promise 686 organizations  “believes in empowering local churches                                                         to care for children and families in crisis passionately following Jesus and mobilizing others to serve in His Kingdom.”

            Four local churches were recognized as already adopting the Promise 686 Christian ministry approach for children and their families.  They are: First Christian, Pleasant Hill Christian, Fellowship Presbyterian and Mountain View Community. Other churches were present to consider the program.

            “We have been involved in caring for foster parents by offering them a night for the last 10 years and Promise 686 will help us serve more families,” said Shirley Parker from Pleasant Hill.   

            First Christian’s Marcia Boyd said, “we have a sports ministry and we want to touch lives with God’s love that maybe nobody else can touch through Promise 686.”

            Mountain View’s Jim Douglas said, “we offer a Foster Night Out once a month supporting kids by being role models and Promise 686 can help us be more effective in ministry.”  Sue Lake from Fellowship Presbyterian plainly said, “kids need love and we want to give God’s love through Promise 686.”

            The Promise 686 Care Portal operates in three steps.  The first action is when a child welfare worker identifies a vetted need such as a bed, mentoring or transportation.  Then, the need is transmitted to Promise 686 enlisted churches with the final step of churches meeting the need.”

            Promise 686 is activated in 34 counties across the state with the endorsement of Governor Brian Kemp and the Department of Human Services.  Pickens DFCS Director Heidi Smith and most of her staff attended the local Care Portal activation. 

            Smith shared a story of how DFCS partnered with the local Promise 686 system to provide glasses for his children that he could not afford. “We are delighted to partner with Promise 686 to better care for our at risk children and their families.”

            Contact local coordinator  Dawn Pipkin at dpipkin@promise686.org or 770-362-6826 for more information about enrolling in the program.

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