Removing Barriers in Eastern Kentucky

Our volunteer coordinator Sandy writes to say how much our Hope In Action Fund is helping kids and families

As we continue to provide support to our affiliated projects around the world amidst COVID-19, we are hearing from our volunteer coordinators about how valuable our support is at this time. Today we hear from Sandy at Bevins Elementary School in Kentucky about how donations from our donors are helping children in her community. “Dear Children Incorporated, The mission of the Family Resources and Youth Services Center (FRYSC) is to remove any barriers that prevent […]

Reflecting on High School at Graduation

One of our graduates thanks his sponsor for years of support

As you know, COVID-19 has disrupted family events worldwide, from births and weddings, and sadly to funerals. School closures have also disrupted activities for the Class of 2020. The high school students in our program were looking forward to attending senior prom, having their friends sign their yearbooks, saying goodbye to their teachers, and finally getting to walking across a stage in an auditorium packed with family and getting a handshake from the principal and […]

The Challenges of Home Life

Wolfe County Middle and High School students face difficult circumstances in their households

Nestled in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains and steeped in a rich cultural heritage lies Wolfe County, Kentucky. As is the case for many areas of Appalachia, Wolfe County’s natural beauty belies the abject poverty in which many of its residents live. Wolfe County carries the unfortunate distinction of being one of Kentucky’s most impoverished regions. At one time, logging, tourism for nearby mineral springs, and factories employed the majority of this area’s residents. Over time, […]

High Rents in Jackson City

Many residents in Breathitt County, Kentucky pay more than half of their income in rent

Jackson City is located in rural and mountainous Breathitt County, Kentucky. Until the 1990s, coal was the foundation of the county’s economy, but the steady decline of the coal mining industry has begun to wreak havoc upon the local economy. Many families, who once depended upon the mines for income, now depend upon part-time employment at minimum wages, welfare, and food stamps. Poverty and unemployment have become intrinsic parts of daily life in Jackson City […]

Caring for a Generation of Students

Our long-time coordinator at Marie Roberts Elementary School in Kentucky has been helping kids for decades

Marie Roberts Elementary School is located in the small community of Lost Creek, Kentucky, in Breathitt County. In a part of the country where 48.3% of children are living in poverty, the Family Resource Center at the school, and our volunteer coordinator, Jackie, are able to offer children the critical support they need to survive in difficult circumstances. “Jackie is the original coordinator who brought our sponsorship program to the school many years ago. She […]

Fighting Against Hunger During COVID-19

A Thank you from Children Incorporated

 Amidst school closures across the U.S. this past spring, our concern turned to how to best help children who are already living in vulnerable situations.  Our volunteer coordinators are making sure children continue to receive food during the COVID-19 outbreak. Many children in our program rely on school lunches and on our Backpack Feeding Program to ensure they are receiving adequate meals throughout the day and on the weekends. Without the […]