Two weeks ago, we announced that we'd be building the first ever Regency Orphanage in Haiti. Today, we have more big news on the charity front.
In the coming months, we'll be working closely with Atlanta-based Turnaround Kids Ministries as the organization looks to build children's homes on a newly-acquired property.
We believe business is about making a difference in our world for those in need, each other, the customers we serve, and the vendors we partner with. And when we saw the amazing work of Turnaround happening right in the backyard of our Atlanta office, we knew we had to get involved.
Sid and Cheryl Anderson started Turnaround Ministries as a non-profit when they opened their home in Montana to 12 at-risk teenage girls. When they felt led to move to Atlanta, six of those girls moved with them. After transitioning those girls home to their families, they felt desperate to intervene on the behalf of young, at-risk children in the Atlanta area. They weren't sure how this was going to look, but trusted that it would be revealed when the time came.
When Cheryl and her daughter Christi were helping with an adopt-a-block project in Atlanta, they found a 7-year-old child who was caring for her three younger siblings.
Through doing regular work in the area, Cheryl and Christi noticed these children were commonly left alone and, eventually, the mother of the children asked the Andersons if they would care for the children.
Christi and Cheryl felt led to open their homes and what they didn't know was that these children would be the first of over 70 similar children that they would take in over the course of the next several years.
To Christi's great surprise, she had ten children living with her by the time she married her husband, Mario. Mario immediately and graciously embraced all the children and has been an intricate part of the ministry ever since as "daddy" to all the children.
Turnaround exists to provide a positive, safe environment for at-risk children whose parents lack the means to care for them. The organization assumes parental rights over the children, giving them a sense of belonging as part of the Turnaround family. The organization remains committed to their well-being for life and actively looks to reconcile the parent-child relationship –– encouraging counseling, rehabilitation when necessary, and parenting classes.
The children have the opportunity to receive an education, play with other children in a safe environment, grow spiritually, receive medical attention, eat nutritious meals, and above all, be nurtured and cared for by people who love them.
Back in 2004, Turnaround became aware of a 22.4-acre property in Acworth, Georgia which had a nine-bedroom, five-bathroom house on it. They dreamed of building their ministry on the property but experienced a series of failed negotiations and setbacks. Then, out of the blue last summer, things changed. And on July 29, 2015 their dream came true when they closed on the property.
Upon acquisition, the house had been completely trashed and needed to be gutted down to the studs. Turnaround now looks to completely remodel the house. They are aiming to raise $150,000 to complete the project.
Regency has pledged $75,000 of matching funds toward the project and several employees have volunteered to assist with the work. So far, a little less than one-third of the total matching funds have been donated to the project.
Turnaround is hoping to build a second house on the property so all of Turnaround's volunteers can move to the land, where they aim to one day keep horses, goats, chickens, and a fully functioning farm.
In the meantime, Turnaround is looking for:
- Tutors for the children: retired teachers, college or high school students
- People to help with the construction of the home/buildings
- Material donations: construction equipment, flooring, sheetrock, etc.
- Monetary donations: in addition to the building project, the upkeep for the ministry can get expensive between clothing, food, toiletries, household goods, etc.
All financial donations are tax-deductible.
Contact Chris Radosta for more information about Turnaround by emailing email@example.com.