King’s Home is where hope lives even during a world pandemic our hope is secure.
Jeremiah 29:11 is often spoken in our homes and at our gatherings. In this passage, God reminds Jeremiah that He has a plan, a hope and a purpose for our lives. We believe this is true for all people and for every season, including this one.
Over the past days, life has changed dramatically for our society and world. These instantaneous disruptions to normalcy and the anxiety our world is feeling is very similar to the horrific trauma our residents have experienced. Over the past 46 years, King’s Home has thrived in the tension of the unknown by building our hope solely on the foundation of Christ Jesus. “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11)
Building on a Solid Foundation
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7: 24-27
King’s Home ministry is built on the solid foundation of Jesus. Regardless of the ever-changing situation around us, King’s Home team will always provide a safe refuge for the 125 youth, women, and adult moms with children who are currently entrusted to us. We strive to maintain a safe place for our staff (over 200) to serve, customers to shop, and donors to donate.
As we all closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, King’s Home team has been diligently cleaning our homes, offices, and stores along with updating health protocols and planning for contingencies. The youth, moms, kids, and staff of King’s Home have received guidance designed to help everyone remain healthy during this time.
We endeavor to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), our government, a number of state and local health officials and good-ole’ fashioned common sense. For group home settings with up to 50 in a home, that’s a challenge. In addition to the CDC advisories, the following precautions have been put into place to continue to protect our King’s Home family, supporters, and customers:
We have heightened the frequency of daily chores and cleanings to sanitize frequently touched areas. We have implemented procedures for team members to proactively disinfect and clean to help diminish the spread of germs at all locations and stores.
We have reinforced hand washing / hand sanitizing throughout King’s Home operations.
We have provided our team members with updated information to stay healthy while reiterating our policy that they must stay home if they are not feeling well.
Facing the Unknown Together
When a resident comes to King’s Home, we first acknowledge their pain and uncertainty. Immediately thereafter we begin equipping them with tools to heal and dream of the future. Our highest honor is to care for the individuals and families entrusted to us.
While our greatest concern with the Coronavirus emergency is the safety and health of those we serve along with the entire King’s Home family, we are also monitoring the impact the Coronavirus emergency has made to our donations. In the past two weeks, King’s Home has experienced a 42% downturn in donations. Another devastating blow came when 2 King’s Home events projected to raise over $100,000 were postponed. Seven Prodigal Pottery shows have also been canceled creating a sales loss of $20,000, and we have no pending orders. King’s Home Thrift store sales are now trending down 80%. This loss in revenue stream presents a tremendous and immediate cash flow shortage for the ministry approaching $300,000 just in the next 6 weeks and is growing daily. A truly dire situation so many others face as well.
As of 3/24/2020:
9 Events Cancelled equating to over $125k in anticipated Revenue just in the next 45 days
King's Home Thrift Stores temporarily closed due to COVID-19
90+ King's Home Employees laid off in various departments including King's Stables, King's Garden, Prodigal Pottery, Administration, and King's Home Thrift
During this time, we covet your prayers and support to continue the King’s Home ministry to abused youth, women, and adult moms with kids. Below are some prayer requests and tangible ways you can help in the coming days.