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WCCH is a ministry of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ and is broadly supported by the Christian community throughout the tristate area.
WCCH accepts no public funds but is entirely funded by private donations.
WCCH accepts only private placements referred primarily through our churches.
WCCH provides a home to children regardless of their ability to pay.
WCCH integrates the Christian faith into every-day life. No part of our daily life will be separated from the expression of our faith.
Our mission is to provide a Christian home for children in need – to minister to children and families on physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual levels.
Our vision is to live out the commission given in James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
The Woodburn Christian Children’s Home is making provision to remain faithful. History demonstrates that it is the tendency of any parachurch organization to become more secular with the passage of time. Funding pressures and licensure requirements have a tendency to push children’s home in this direction. In order to combat these pressure, the Woodburn Christian Children’s Home works hard to build a strong financial foundation through the development of the Legacy (endowment) Fund in addition to a strong, independent base of monthly support, and actively works to keep both legislation and regulation favorable to Christian ministries. A fully informed and committed Board of Directors along with the strong moral support of our supporting churches are also essential to the success of this endeavor.
The Woodburn Christian Children’s Home is making provision for future growth. The developed campus measures 8.8 acres but an additional 25 acres have been added over recent years. The adjoining woods and field will provide room for additional children’s residences as well as any additional wells, mound system or retention pond required for expansion. A 40-year-old letter from Allen County gives us enduring authorization to expand in ways that might not be possible under present regulation. Building funds, the development of ongoing program support and referral relationships will also be essential to the development of the program.
The Woodburn Christian Children’s Home is making provision for recruitment and transition. The average tenure of our full-time staff (17 years) brings great strength to the ministry, but an aging staff also requires careful attention to recruitment and transition. WCCH is actively pursuing guest houseparents. The selection and development of the right personnel are essential to the spiritual integrity of the Woodburn Christian Children’s Home.
The Indiana Children’s Christian Home
The Woodburn Christian Children's Home is a ministry of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Since 1972, this special home has provided a Christian family environment for children who are homeless or who have other special needs. Throughout these years more than 200 young people (ages 6-21) have been a part of our family. Many of these young people have been reunited with their families, some are in college and others have Christian families of their own.
The Woodburn Christian Children's Home is supported entirely by voluntary contribution. We receive no federal, state or county support. We are entirely dependent upon our faithful contributors whose strong support enables this ministry to operate on a cash basis.
WCCH operates very efficiently. Our cost of caring for a child is about half the average cost of similar child-care throughout the tristate area. Over the years, numerous children have been accepted for placement even though they had little or no ability to pay.
Our WCCH full-time staff includes: Lee & Vivian Bracey, Dave & Kendra Smith and Hal & Carol Rogers. Our staff has been recently joined by Joe Heins as Associate Executive Director, along with his wife, Vikki and their family. Steve Heine and Andy Davis serve as part-time counselors. Their years of service, combined together, total many, many years of ministry experience at the Woodburn Christian Children’s Home. We are proud of our fine staff and ask our supporters to keep us often in your prayers.
Lee Bracey | Executive Director
Daryl and Miranda Woolard | House Parents
Bill Crawford | President
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed (Psalm 82:3).