The 111Project’s implementation of the CarePortal has had a powerful impact on the children and families served by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Welfare Services.
As part of a two-year partnership with the 111Project, Life.Church provided a $20,000 grant to help the CarePortal continue its work in the 10 counties throughout Oklahoma where the CarePortal platform is activated.
“111Project is changing the lives of children in our community by placing them in loving homes through the local church, and we love being able to join them in meeting the needs of children and families in foster care,” said Joey Armstrong, Life.Groups/Life.Missions Pastor, Life.Church Broken Arrow.
On February 23, 2017, DHS staff of Tulsa County celebrated the one-year anniversary of the CarePortal launch and the partnerships with the local faith community through.
“DHS is very excited about the partnership with 111Project’s CarePortal and Life Church,” said Kelli Heath, DHS Tulsa District Director. “This was an amazing event as we celebrated the success of the past year and heard about plans to add additional services to assist the families we serve.”
In the past year, the 111Project’s Care Portal has provided services for over 860 families and almost 2,000 children. The services provided more than $70,000 in resources for Tulsa county families served by DHS.
During this celebration, child welfare workers and supervisors shared their appreciation and stories of families’ lives that were improved because of the partnership with more than 85 churches and small groups in the Tulsa area.
Many churches and other groups from the community were present at the celebration including 111Project, Life.Church, New Beginnings Church in Bixby, Foundations Church, First Baptist Church of Jenks, James Mission of Tulsa, TheChurch.at, Victory Church, The Crossing South Tulsa, Faces with Names, TFI Foster Care, and Saint Francis Children’s Services.
To learn more about the Care Portal and how you can help, please visit http://www.111project.org/careportal/.
Left to Right: Ashley Karimi, Life.Church Broken Arrow Associate LifeGroups/LifeMissions Pastor , Joey Armstrong, Life.Church Broken Arrow LifeGroups/LifeMissions Pastor,
Chris Campbell, Executive Director 111project, Bryan Hill, Life.Church Broken Arrow Campus Pastor, David Clifton, DHS Child Welfare Deputy Director
1 Church, 1 Family, for 1 Child. 111Project exists to mobilize the Church to respond to the foster care crisis in Oklahoma and the nation. Since the 111Project's launch in April 2011, hundreds of churches have committed hundreds of families to become foster families. As a result, boys and girls are being placed in families. 111Project believes that if every church commits one family for one purpose, we can leave no child without a family. To learn more about 111Project, please visit www.111project.org .
About Oklahoma DHS
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare Services mission is to improve the safety, permanence and well-being of children and families involved in the child welfare system through collaboration with the families and their community. To learn more about Oklahoma DHS and Child Welfare Services, please visit www.okdhs.org.
Based in Edmond, Okla., Life.Church is a multi-site church with 26 physical locations in eight states (Okla., Texas, Kan., Tenn., Fla., N.Y., N.M. and Ark.). Messages are led by Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel and are broadcast to more than 231 worship experiences each weekend at physical locations and throughout the week at Life.Church Online (www.live.life.church). Life.Church’s mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. To learn more about Life.Church or to find service times and locations, please visit www.life.church.