Dear parish family,
We’re the Harclerodes (Christine and Stephen) and the Hinsons (Sara and Jacob). We’re Prince of Peace parishioners and foster parents.
As Catholics, we are called to care for the vulnerable and the orphaned. Like Saint Francis, we pray we sow hope where there is despair, joy where there is sadness, and light where there is darkness. One way our families do this is through foster care. And just as many candles burn more brightly than two, we’d like to invite you to join us in this mission.
We have a new ministry at Prince of Peace, the Holy Family Society. We chose the name to honor Mary and Joseph (and his role as a foster father). We seek to live our lives by following their example as parents. We love our foster children without reservation and as unconditionally as we love our natural children.
There are thousands of orphaned and displaced children in the Upstate, and never enough foster families and resources for these children. The Holy Family Society’s goal is to create and maintain an orphan care ministry for these children through faith-based and material support. In order to do this, we need a committed and engaged support network. While not everyone is called to become a foster parent, everyone can help.
The First Step
We’ve created the Holy Family Foster Closet in order to transform good intentions into concrete actions! We’re appealing to you to donate bottles, baby food and formula, bath supplies, diapers and pull-ups in all sizes, gently used clothing from birth – 10 years, toys, and books. Your items can be dropped in the narthex or in Stephanie Lasitter’s office.
The Second Step
We need a new location for the Holy Family Foster Closet. Right now, our families are renting a commercial storage space. This isn’t ideal, but our homes and the church are short on space. If you have or know someone who has an unused room, garage, or office space we can use to host the Holy Family Foster Closet, please email either Christine or Sara.
The Third Step
We will be sharing information about the Holy Family Foster Closet with local foster families in Upstate parishes and asking for their support. If you know someone who might benefit, please email Sara or Christine.
An informational meeting is being planned for couples or individuals who want to learn more about fostering and adoption. We hope you will open your heart and consider if God is calling you to help his children in need. We ask for your prayers for PoP foster families and, of course, for the thousands of children in foster care.
Yours in Christ,
Sara & Christine