Starting a new cycle

 In News, Residential Treatment Center

By the time he was 10-years-old, Antonio had been placed in 7 different foster homes.

Tony* was born into a broken family. His father was abusive and his mother found her comfort in drugs. Tony was either invisible or the focus of violent anger.  After multiple foster families gave up on him, he was sent to live at LYDIA Home in the 1990’s. The staff remembers him arriving as a traumatized and challenging kid. However, at LYDIA, Tony went from being the instigator of fights to a mediator and reconciler. The staff never stopped investing in him. They believed that he could have a bright future full of HOPE, HEALING, and HOME.

They were right.

When he was 15-years-old, Tony was placed into a loving foster home. He has since married, fathered three children, and has his own home. Tony remains in contact with the staff at LYDIA, whom he regards as his family. This past summer, he decided to invest in a child at LYDIA. He began mentoring Michael*, a very small and loving 6-year-old boy.

While mentoring Michael, a boy with a painful past like his own, Tony and his wife decided to get their foster care license. This past summer, Tony’s family welcomed Michael into their home and became the boy’s foster family.

When a community invests in the lives of hurting children, kids like Tony, their entire lives can be changed for the better. Instead of repeating the same patterns of his parents, his life was redirected. He was guided by people who were committed to him and invested in him.

Our hope is that our LYDIA supporters would continue to INVEST in our community by investing in children in Foster Care. We ask you to consider doing at least one of the following:

  • Take a tour of LYDIA – Learn more about us and meet our team
  • Volunteer – We have many opportunities to serve:
  • Donate – More than ever, we need financial support to care for these children.

Invest in children. Invest in LYDIA.

LYDIA provides Home, Healing and Home for children in Foster Care. A Christian organization, we extend the truth of Scripture and God’s love to people of all religious, racial, and economic backgrounds. Our professionally trained psychologists, social workers, and other staff members address all the important issues that can crush the human spirit and destroy lives, ministering to children and their parents one heart at a time.