A Salute to Men and Women of Courage, Nobility, and Honor
Beginning on Memorial Day and concluding on Independence Day, the Oblong Children's Christian Home desires
to bring honor and attention to military heroes. As a part of a campaign to raise funds for the Home, we invite you
to send a contribution to the Home with a story and/or picture of a military hero close to you. Please take a look at
the story that begins this campaign, the story of a child who had a humble beginning here at the Children's Home: Retired Major Anthony Vitello. Be blessed by his story and others.
Oblong Children's Christian Home is a ministry of Christian Churches and
Churches of Christ to abused and troubled children who are 5 to 17 years old, providing them
- God's unconditional love,
- a stable, structured environment, and
- family-style group home.
Children come to our home for a variety of reasons. It may be because:
- the child is running with the wrong crowd,
- the child is not attending school,
- the child has a difficult home situation, or
child has mild to moderate legal problems.
Our goal is to reunite the children with their families. For most families the goal is for the child to
return home after making significant changes. The length of stay is determined by how long it takes the child and his/her
family to achieve the goals set at placement. To overcome the destructive habits that led to placement and to replace them
with healthy habits that are maintained when the child returns home normally takes at least 18 months. The need for continued
care is reviewed after 12 months and every 6 months thereafter.
We work with parents and entire family units by teaching parenting skills and providing counseling.
Children are not turned away from our home because of their race, faith, creed, or family financial condition.