Happy New Year and I hope your 2014 is off to a grand start! White Fields had a very blessed 2013 thanks to your support and belief in our mission. We accomplished the following:
We welcomed six new boys into our facility: Deangelo, Daniel, Jacob, Jimmy, Jordan, and Matthew;
Three children were adopted: Timmy, Daniel and Austin. Two of them started the process of moving in with their new families in the fall; and the third has already settled in with his family. We are grateful that each adoption happened organically—one was initiated by a family whose child attended public school with one of our boys; another by a White Fields’ foster family; and the third, by a mentor who has worked with the child for the past several years;
Two boys, Jimmy and Matthew, were reunified with their biological families;
Seven children moved to lower levels of care—an unprecedented milestone in our history, and a direct result of our mental health program;
Our emergency overflow shelter provided a safe, warm and stable home for forty boys and girls, which included sibling groups removed from unsafe and abusive environments;
We welcomed Derek and Belen Schering and their three biological children from Alabama to serve as house parents; and Matt and Crystal Wiseman along with their two daughters as relief house parents for the C Cottage;
We celebrated our first high school graduate, Tyran, who began his journey with us when we opened our doors in 2006;
We broke ground on our third foster home due to the increased amount of children served. This was made possible by a grant from Impact Oklahoma. Jeff and Natalie Lindley will join our team as new foster parents this spring;
White Fields’ unique continuum of care model has grown to include the following graduated levels of care: D, C+, Specialized Community Home, Foster Home, and an emergency overflow shelter. We are the only boys’ group home in Oklahoma to offer five levels in one place; and
White Fields was able to serve 30 children on any given day on our campus, helping heal trauma and giving our boys hope!
Thank you for your belief in our mission! Gifts and invaluable support like yours enable us to provide high levels of care for our children! Your continued investment helps strengthen our core programs which include: (1) Continuum of Care; (2) Therapy; (3) Education; (4) Food and Nutrition; (5) Recreation; (6) Volunteer; (7) Mentor; and (8) Character Training. Every program solely focuses on the healing of the whole child. We believe our children’s realities and futures would look very different without the quality care you enable us to provide.
As 2014 begins, we look forward to helping each boy grow emotionally and spiritually while continuing to set the standard for group home care! Our goal this year with donations and help from you is to provide even more children the opportunity to experience a normal and safe teenage life. Once again, God bless you and thank you for helping heal our children.
Frank Alberson, Executive Director