SETTING hEARTS fREE
BECAUSE KIDZ MATTER
The team has, throughout its 45 years, conducted monthly prison chapel services besides a variety of other various programs. The ratio was about 90% of prison institutions and 10% for youth facilities.
When first founding the ministry in 1975, there were only a handful of prison ministries, we met a great need through the past 45 years. Not only with this organization's prison ministry but taking in other volunteer groups that branched out into their very own prison ministry.
At this point, there is a crisis and a great need for helping Florida's children. Helping them before they end up on a troubled road that could lead them to prison. We feel the need to commit 100% in working with youth, those under the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, those in Residential Facilities, and to those that have been abandoned and have no family.
The data for Florida is staggering as in all states, but in 2018 Florida ranked #34 out of the 50 states in child welfare!
4,217,864 Florida KIDS
Florida Department of Children & Families, Child Welfare Investigations of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
Federal Fiscal Year 2017 - Number children in foster care Florida: 24,641 United States: 442,995
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice 2018 Delinquency Profile Statewide Intake/Arrests: 59, 473
Suicide rate for kids ages 10 to 14 nearly tripled in the last decade: CDC NCHS Data Brief - October 2019
You are the helper of the weak and the fatherless. Psalm 10:14
JGM - FORTY FIVE YEARS
DECISIONS MADE FOR CHRIST - 19,023
INSTITUTIONAL PROGRAMS - 43,289 C-DAY COOKIES GIVEN - 3,331,065
ALL OCCASION CARDS - 431, 500
CHRISTMAS CARDS HANDMADE - 143,702
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We are in desperate need of a mission vehicle for the numerous facilities statewide. A cargo passenger/van to carry food and donated items for the children, volunteers, equipment, and the necessary program supplies. We need insurance and operational funds to drive it. We are having to rent this type of vehicle for these mission trips and would rather have the ministry putting those funds in it's own cargo van. The below thermometer will show our progress in reaching this worthy need. If you would like to help in this endeavor, please contact us or use the donate button here on the website. We are thankful for each dollar that you give.