10 Ways to help our Kids.

Top Ten Ways to Help Kids

SUNRISE CHILDREN’S SERVICES, has been changing the lives of hurting children, with God’s help, since 1869. Formerly known as Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, Sunrise has become this state’s premier childcare agency, providing a full continuum of services. Sunrise is fully licensed as a Behavioral Health Service Organization. Our nonprofit ministry is many things to many people; and much has changed since our ministry began. Yet Sunrise’s mission remains the same. We care for Kentucky’s neediest children – those without a home, those who are abandoned, abused or victimized – and we do all of this through Christ-centered services. At Sunrise, we don’t just talk about making a difference for a child – WE DO IT!

Your tax-deductible gifts make it possible for children to overcome victimization and begin dreaming again! And you can give on behalf of a friend or loved one. Not only will you recognize a person who is important to you, your gift will have a direct impact on a child in need. With the help of well-qualified counselors and therapists, kids experience healing and hope – you can make it happen!. Won’t you help us today?

Sunrise is moving forward with a new vision. We would love to share it with you and your friends. From our expanded Family Services program, which provides in-home services, counseling and support, to VentureON, our newest program for young adults aging out of foster care, we have a lot of wonderful news to share.  We would be honored to make a formal presentation to your church or civic group, or to talk with a small group over a cup of coffee.

Sunrise foster families are ministry in motion. Perhaps there are families in your church or civic group who feel called to become foster parents. Sunrise will provide a speaker to share more about foster care and the process of becoming a foster parent. We will hold informational sessions and training classes at your convenience. For more information on foster parenting, call 855-33-iCARE or click on this link.

Rallying a group together for fun fundraising is great. It raises awareness and funding. You can be as creative as you want. Collect funds for a general donation or for specific items (such as fall sport activities for kids). You can collect change (like a mile of pennies, which is equal to $844), organize a dance-a-thon or bowl-a-thon, or whatever you can imagine.  We will gladly supply informational materials and advertise your event on our Facebook page.

Teens and young adults need direction, focus, purpose and an understanding of how to build meaningful and valuable relationships that will add value to their lives. We find it is most effective to establish a one-on-one relationship of support, guidance, trust that sets good intentions and teaches responsible behaviors. Most of our clients do not have healthy relationships and are desperately in need of good role models.  Please consider helping our teens build stronger foundations for their current lives, and better lives for their futures. Consider becoming a mentor.

Perhaps your small group is looking for something “hands-on”. You can “adopt” one of our residential programs and work with that program throughout the year. They would appreciate a bakery cake (homemade foods are not allowed) or party each month for the kids who are having birthdays. Or you could share pizza and games.  We guarantee a life-changing year.

Disposable diapers and wipes are always in need. All sizes are needed, especially toddler through pull-ups. Disposable diapers cost $70 to $80 per month, per baby. Providing diapers eases the financial burden on foster parents.

You can help by creating Comfort Kits for our new arrivals. It’s easy! Just fill a small duffel bag with personal care items (no sample sizes, please) like shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, disposable razors, feminine hygiene items, or brushes – the simple necessities we take for granted every day. We have gift registries set up at Amazon and Walmart.  Items are then sent directly to the appropriate location.  A complete list of suggested Gifts-in-Kind is available here.

We love treating Sunrise children to activities such as school sports teams, swimming, theme parks, camping, day trips, summer camp, museums, and Christian concerts. However, the cost of such activities adds up, even at discounted rates! You can donate tickets or provide monetary donations to cover the cost of fun activities.

The children in our residential centers go to school year around and are always in need of school supplies. The same is true for items used in therapy. Items like craft and art supplies (especially scrapbooking materials for their Life Books), model kits, bubbles, Play-Doh and board games. Please see the complete list of suggested Gifts-in-Kind by clicking here.

For more information about any of these 10 Ways to Help,
please contact us at 502.538.1000 or email info@sunrise.org.