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Love Church and volunteer organization team up for foster children skills program

Love Church ministry is gearing up for the next phase of FaMBET program to help foster teens develop work skills.

Posted: Feb 16, 2020 4:21 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2020 10:30 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- "No child left behind" rings true for this ministry.

Fort Wayne's Love Church initiated its FaMBET (Forever Family a Mission of Business and Entreprenurial Training) program in 2016 to develop work skills for teens within the foster system.

Four “residents” are at the helm of the training program that provides hands-on experience in manual skills like carpentry or welding, and other professions like managing a childcare center or working in retail.

FaMBET is not all just training and tools, however.

Love Church head pastor, Wallace Butts, and committed members from partnering group, Neighborlink, understand the national reality teenage foster children face after they “age out.”

They’re often released from the foster care system and deemed “responsible” for themselves at age 18, but remain susceptible to resource deficit, lack of guidance, and lack of work skills to transition smoothly into adulthood.

Love Church, Neighborlink, and volunteers like those from Sleep in Heavenly Peace are working to build a home alongside the church for the 3-phase program.

They'll continue project development while tending to the current four residents on their way to breaking the cycle of the foster system.

The program aims to provide for 40 residents by fall of 2021 at the latest.

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