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Church donations benefit Christian Children’s Home

Alpha Group

Photos by Ken Locke
Some of the residents of Alpha Christian Children’s Home gather behind a bridge made of part of the food and paper goods donations delivered to the home Saturday, March 19. From left, Ksusha, Kenndi, Khillil, Liti, Noah, T.J., Jim, Rebecca, Julian, Elvis, Rachael, Kaitlyn, Sophie, Ava and Director Jeff Mulpas.

 

by Ken Locke
Alpha Christian Children’s Home, Perry, was the grateful recipient of 3,749 items, primarily canned goods, from eight Jefferson County churches delivered March 19.
This is the third year for the project, this year adding the Cowboy Church of Perry. The other churches are Meriden Community Church, Buck Creek Community Church, Living Water Evangelical Free Church, Oskaloosa, Valley Falls Christian Church, Perry Christian Church, Nortonville Christian Church, and Church of the Nazarene, McLouth.
The project was originally a fundraiser in 2013 carried out by the Meriden Community Church Sunday school class taught by Ron Ellis. They gave themselves two months to raise $1,000. They raised $2,500 through various projects including a chili feed.
Ellis said the next year they invited other churches to join in. Between 2,400 and 2,500 items the first year and 3,312 items were collected last year.
Jeff Mulpas, Alpha’s director of development, said that they were able to feed the children for most of a year on what was collected.
The children at Alpha presently range from 2 to 18 years of age. They are provided a home and educated through high school. Children helped by Alpha include those who have been abused, neglected, orphaned, troubled or poor, and children from dysfunctional families and those being raised by grandparents who are no longer able to provide for them.
Mulpas stated “We give the kids a safe place to live with a family.” Kids usually stay 18 months to three years, however, some stay longer as needed.
The home has been around since 1972. With the homes being in a rural settings, the children have many activities available to them, including fishing, hiking, nature study, biking, swimming, equine lessons and other animal programs plus 4-H activities.
With the addition of a second home opened June 1, 2014, they have the capacity to help 14 to 18 children, depending on their needs. Until then they had been limited to 10 children with only the one home. They lost a staff house that was damaged last Sept. 18 due to lightning. The damage was too extensive to repair so they plan to rebuild. Their long-range plan includes expanding to handle more kids.
Jeff’s wife, Devin, is a former resident of Alpha Christian Children’s Home. She and her two brothers grew up in the home. She and Jeff met while they were attending Ozark Christian College.
Alpha is 100 percent privately funded and is non-profit, so this fundraiser has been important to their continuing to serve the Christian community.

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