5, 4, 3, 2, 1…BLAST OFF!!! On Thursday, November 8, 2018, Justice For Orphans formally launched CarePortal in Schenectady County making New York the 17th state in the nation utilizing the tech platform to connect churches with local children and families in crisis.
The launch was held at the City Mission in Schenectady where Mike Saccoccio, Exec. Dir. of the Mission, opened the event with prayer and a reminder that CarePortal provides opportunities for the Church to reach into the community as neighbors helping neighbors.
Liz Roberts-Laura, Supervisor B of the Adoption/Foster Home Finding Dept. for Schenectady County Office of Children & Family Services, thanked JFO for bringing CarePortal to Schenectady County.
Exec. Dir. of JFO, Sandra Flach, shared that with CarePortal local churches will be able to help local children and families in crisis by meeting needs that will help keep kids out of foster care, help stabilize biological, foster & adoptive families, and kinship placements, as well as helping reunify children and families, and assisting youth aging out of foster care. Flach thanked the 11 churches so far enrolled in CarePortal: Global Prophetic Ministries, Liberty Church, Sonrise Bible Church, Harmony Christian Fellowship, Bethel Full Gospel Church, and City View Church all in Schenectady County. Five churches in surrounding counties have also enrolled: Life.Church Albany, One Church of Clifton Park, Grace Baptist Church in Guilderland, Faith Baptist Church in Rexford, and Abounding Love Christian Fellowship in Ravena. As the implementing organization, JFO is committed to growing the network of churches participating in CarePortal.
With the preliminaries out of the way all eyes were on the CarePortal online map which featured the very first request Schenectady County entered into the platform. A request asking for help purchasing 2 replacement windows for a family in the process of being certified to foster 2 children of a friend. In order for the foster family’s home to be approved the new windows would need to be installed. This request would provide safety and stability for 2 local children. At the event, Alyssa Dabravalskas, the point person for Liberty Church in Schenectady immediately responded to the request and presented Liz Roberts-Laura with a gift card to Lowe’s so the family could purchase the 2 new windows. Within 24 hours of the county’s request through the CarePortal, a church responded and 2 local children were served, a perfect example of neighbor helping neighbor.