Making a Welcoming Space for Foster Kids in Haverhill

Oct 26, 2018

A few weeks ago we hosted Pam Newcombe and her crew to come speak to us about foster care with the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) and some of the organization's needs. The biggest need, of course, continues to be homes for foster children.

Of the 6,100 children Massachusetts requiring foster care, 86 are from here in the Merrimack Valley. Those 86 kids all have different stories, but one thing many of them will have in common is that they will, at some point, have meetings in one of the playrooms at the Haverhill DCF office building; playrooms that need some work! Pam shared how the room kind of felt depressing, inhospitable, and wasn’t a great place for these kids to have what are often difficult meetings.  

A Small Project That Can Make a Big Difference

A few weeks ago Highrockers decided to lend a helping hand and renovate this space! We were grateful to be able to raise financial support and provide supplies for the project. One of our small groups used their regular meeting time to serve together at the DCF office, helping to transform the room. And now the room feels more like a welcoming space for the families meeting there!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the renovation project for this important family service in our community.