The Foster In Texas (FIT) Robstown office recently moved 20 miles south to Corpus Christi – an occasion that warranted a Grand Opening celebration to let everyone know “we’re here!” The August 29th event brought together church, community, and Lutheran Social Services (LSS) leaders, along with LSS supporters, and foster families and the social workers who serve them.
About 65-70 people came to the new office at 4455 South Padre Island Drive, to meet and mingle, enjoy refreshments, and learn more about Foster In Texas. Reverend Mike Newman blessed the new office and the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (CCHC) commemorated the event with a ribbon-cutting. Local dignitaries included Abel Herrero, Texas House of Representatives, District 34, Councilwoman Colleen McIntyre, and several foster families, the heroes who make the FIT program the best in Texas.
Local media covered the event, and the KRISTV video captured some of the highlights of the evening, including portions of interviews with foster parents that had many of those in attendance passing the Kleenex. Corpus FIT parent Patricia Arroyo tells why she’s a foster mom in this youtube video.
Spanish language Univision affiliate KORO-TV also featured coverage of of Corpus Christi’s new foster care office. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times ran a news story the following day, and take a minute to hear from Rev. Michael Newman and Representative Herrero on youtube.
There is another much-anticipated LSS celebration in Corpus Christi on the horizon: the “Change a Life” Benefit for Foster In Texas and another LSS ministry, Bokenkamp Children’s Shelter. Bokenkamp is a safe haven where unaccompanied minors from Central America receive shelter, education, and counseling until they can resettle in a stable living environment. Plan to join us at the benefit, in support of the wonderful programs for our kids in Corpus Christi!