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Lectionary: 149

  • Reading Jer 31:7-9
  • Resp Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
  • Reading Heb 5:1-6
  • Gospel Mk 10:46-52

Better Together

Helping strengthen families and prevent the need for foster care.

When a crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and friends for support, but many families in our community have no healthy support system when they need it most. Better Families is a movement of the church that provides care and support for at-risk, vulnerable children and their struggling parents. Better Together volunteers, with compassion and Biblical hospitality, extend the love of Christ to families in need.

Our mission is to reduce the number of children entering foster care by providing parents with a safety net for their children in times of crisis. We connect them to vetted volunteer families that can temporarily care for their children, to allow parents to get back on their feet. Families facing homelessness, medical emergencies, willing to seek addiction treatment but lack care for their children and other crisis situations and lack support of someone to help. Our referrals come from community partners, including the Department of Children and Families, hospitals, Shelters, treatment facilities and Schools. We work directly with the parents by helping connect them to meaningful work and mentoring relationships that help them reach their full potential. This time is a gift and allows parents the opportunities to get back on their feet without losing custody of their children.

This program keeps children safe, by preventing them from being homeless, or being left in unsafe environments, it empowers parents to make positive and productive steps to better their situation. We also host Job Fairs and use that as an opportunity to connect volunteer Job Coaches to Job Seekers, those coaching relationships help build confidence as they interact with hiring managers.

Our team has someone on call at all times, 24/7 for emergency situations and we are 501(c)(3) charitable organization and there is no cost to the families we help.

Better Together will be speaking briefly at all Masses the weekend of October 29-30. Representatives will be available for questions and those seeking help or to volunteer. Thank you! Volunteers are needed to fill these important roles:

  • Host Families
  • Family Advocates
  • Job Coach
  • Resource & Respite

REACH OUT TODAY. BetterTogetherUS.org | 239-470-2733