Today is a sad day for me. The youth home that my wife and I got our start in residential childcare and the very first customer of The Houseparent Network will be closing in 30 days. It is a victim of government cut backs.
Although we left the home several years ago for our current position, the people of the home were like family to us and it hurts us to hear about their situation. There will be a serious void in that county when this home closes, they truly had a heart for helping children.
I realize that in Residential Childcare, new homes are starting and other homes are closing all over the country, but it tends to have a certain hurt to it when it is so personal. I pray for the staff that will be looking for other employment and for the kids that will have to find services elsewhere. I also pray for the community that will have to do without.