Hometown Highlight: The Children’s Home of Lubbock
Opening its door for the first time in 1954, The Children’s Home of Lubbock started as a vision and dream of Norvel and Helen Young and Fred and Roma Pinkston. Now more than 65 years later, the dream of this faith-based organization has helped thousands of children in need and continues each year to grow and make a lasting difference in the Texas Panhandle.
Made up of volunteers, staff and the support of others, The Children’s Home of Lubbock is a licensed facility which offers multiple services to those in need such as Residential Group Care, a Young Mother Program, Emergency Shelter & Assessment Center, Aftercare Services and education – their largest program being the Residential Group Care Program.
The Residential Group Care program is located on the children’s home campus, which currently includes nine cottages with full-time house parents. It allows the children’s home to accommodate nearly 50 children ages 5-18 years old at any time and according to Public Relations Coordinator Samantha Turley, most children are placed in the facility by child protective services.
While the children’s home offers multiple programs in efforts to help children during their stay at the facilities, the main goal of the organization is to help make a difference that can change the lives of the residents. One way they do this is through foster care and adoption services. As a fully-licensed organization, they are able to complete home studies, counseling and other necessary processes to complete adoptions. Since 1954, they have completed more than 750 adoptions.
“We take of those who need the most help,” Turley said. “I think we have a responsibility to future generations that we are going to have tomorrow, because if you don’t intervene now, you’re going to deal with trouble adults later on. We try to not only help the kids when they’re here, but we try to give them skills that they can take with them when they live here that will help with the trauma they have and the side effects of that trauma.”
For more information about The Children’s Home of Lubbock or to learn how you can help make a difference, you can visit the children’s home’s website here. You can also visit their Facebook page to learn more about their annual spring event to be held March 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Overton Hotel in Lubbock. This year’s event will feature guest speaker and Olympic Gold Medalist and figure skater Scott Hamilton. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Home of Lubbock and help fund everyday operations. For more information about the event, you may also call the children’s home at 806.762.0481.