We are praising God for His provision!
A big thank you to the members of our dedicated steering committee who have worked tirelessly to establish the local London, Ontario, chapter of Safe Families Canada! After much prayer and hard work the site is now up and running.
We already have 80 volunteers who are being screened to serve families-in-crisis in the London community and within a few weeks time our first cohort of Host Families will be approved, trained, and ready to start hosting children!
SFC has hired Greg Stigge as the London Regional Director and he is now directing and managing all aspects of the program. Greg and his wife Isabelle have a great love for vulnerable children, having fostered and adopted in addition to rearing biological children. They also run Little by Little, a business in Haiti providing employment to parents living in poverty, empowering them to become self-sufficient.
Londoners, get involved!
If you live in or around the London area we would love for you to contact us and get involved! Here are some things you can do:
Volunteer to host a child in your home.
Volunteer in another support role.
Engage your local church with Safe Families.
Spread the word — tell your friends and family about Safe Families.
Donate — Safe Families operates entirely on donations and needs ongoing funding to sustain the program
If you’re interested in any of the above, contact Greg by:
Phone — 519-719-8494
Mailing address — Safe Families London, 250 Commissioners Rd E, London, ON, N6C 2T1
Blog post on Context with Lorna Dueck
Our Executive Director, Jennifer Francis, was interviewed about Safe Families on 100 Huntley Street. Watch the interview here: 100 Huntley Street Interview
Several weeks ago, a woman, who I will refer to as Abby*, called our office line to ask for help caring for her three children because she needed to check into the emergency department for some unknown illness. After getting some basic details, I hung up and took a moment to pray that God would provide a solution. Time was of the essence. In God’s perfect providence, the mom of one of our newer Host Families was home and available to care for the kids and she lived only ten minutes away from Abby, a rare convenience in the GTA.
Abby checked into the ER thinking it would be a day at most before she would be home again. However, one day turned into two, which turned into three; the doctors diagnosed her with liver disease. Needless to say, it became apparent that Abby would need a few more days before she would regain enough strength to function at home. The severity of the disease is not yet known, but Abby wants to get back to good health so she can care for her children. She has no one else.
The three children had a great stay with their Host Family and told me they had lots of fun. The entire placement was simply an expression of Christ-like love. Had a Safe Family not been available, the children could have ended up in foster care leaving Abby with the added stress of trying to gain back custody. We avoided that possibility and helped keep the family together. And now, Abby is no longer alone.
Abby is just one example of the people we have been able to help through Safe Families. Thank you for continued prayers and support to make this movement of compassion possible!
*Name has been changed for privacy purposes.