JEREMIAH 18:1-4 THE WORD WHICH CAME TO JEREMIAH FROM THE LORD, SAYING, ARISE, AND GO DOWN TO THE POTTER’S HOUSE, AND THERE I WILL GIVE YOU MY MESSAGE. SO I WENT DOWN TO THE POTTER’S HOUSE, AND I SAW HIM WORKING AT THE WHEEL. AND THE VESSEL THAT HE MADE OF CLAY WAS MARRED IN THE HAND OF THE POTTER, SO HE MADE IT AGAIN ANOTHER VESSEL…
Our Mission for The Potter’s House Homes For Children is quite simple. To provide a safe, nurturing and stable environment as we, by God’s grace working through us, provide healing and treatment for the mind, body, and spirit of hurting and broken children and their families.
We identify with the healing and reconciling ministry of Jesus Christ and are guided by Christian principles.
PSALM 27:10 WHEN MY FATHER AND MY MOTHER FORSAKE ME, THEN THE LORD WILL RECEIVE ME.
Some childern have emotional problems that prevent them from interacting with today’s society. Some of these problems include depression, sexual promiscuity, sexual abuse, alcohol and substance abuse, and more. The same children are sometimes able to maintain positive relationships with peers and/or non-family adults and are sometimes able to attend regular school programs.
Such emotional problems can arrive from inadequate or destructive parenting. Others from lack of non-family support systems, such as lack of special education or mental health services. Most children experience these problems during their developmental years in response to the environmental stress that they encounter through no fault of their own.
The Potter’s House – Homes For Children residential programs are based on the belief that the responsibility for healing along with the opportunity to live together must be placed directly on the family. This family-centered emphasis provides the best opportunity for successful reunification. Our staff will identify problems and will work to resolve them through family therapy and home-based services.
The goal of the programs are to provide the shortest length of stay possible, with an average length of stay of twelve to twenty-four months. However, for those children who cannot return home or reside with a member of the extended family can remain with us until adopted or emancipated.
The adolescent residential program has a secured facility with a 24 hour a day staff with at least a 1:2 staff to resident ratio. The children’s program and adolescent sexual offenders program have a 1:3 staff to resident ratio.
A highly structured daily and weekend schedule includes time for daily chores, homework, community and daily living activities, structured recreation, social skills training, group therapy and education. A Sunday worship service is available to those who wish to participate. Outdoor and indoor recreational activities are also a component of the treatment program. All programs feature activities designed to mainstream youth back into the community.
Children and teens that have been abused require specialized and separate treatment. The residential programs address common issues or situations experienced by these youth such as incest, lack of ability to bond, limited personal boundaries, lying, and medication management needs, through individual and family therapy, psycho educational and living skills programs, and special group therapy sessions.
At The Potter’s House Homes For Children we believe that children are one of God’s most precious gifts. We have a responsibility as an organization and community to invest our resources to care for those who cannot care for themselves. We firmly believe that these children must have a solid foundation spiritually, mentally, and academically to be adequately equipped for success. Here are some examples of topics that are discussed and taught:
- Self- esteem
- Goal setting
- Developing a resume
- How to interview
- Ways to budget money
- Public speaking
- Understanding the law
- Developing interpersonal skills
- Developing social skills
- Conflict resolution
- Overcoming peer pressure
- Effective communication
- Learning computer skills
In closing, I would agree that most people would like to leave a legacy. Our legacy is to leave one of abused, neglected and abandoned children who had no hope, becoming successful men and women, while continuing in praise Jesus Christ and leading others to Him.
No wonder David wrote, “Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul is at peace knowing this”.
Jeffrey L. Tobias, M.Div
The Potter’s House Homes For Children, Executive Director