Broken Promises 

Girl unpacking a travel bagFor a variety of reasons, the promised trip couldn’t happen. It hurt to tell my daughters and watch the excitement in their eyes fade. They understood, but their disappointment was clear as they started to unpack the bags they’d so carefully packed over a period of days to ensure nothing would be forgotten.

While this disappointment was quickly forgotten for the opportunities that came up during that same time, there are other disappointments that take longer to heal.

For the children of Boys and Girls Homes, the list of disappointments and broken promises can be incredibly long. The most devastating part is that these broken promises often come from the people who mean the most to the child – parents and extended family.

Care at B&GH begins with building a foundation of trust. We make a promise to each child to start providing for their needs by addressing their physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual development. This looks a little different for every child, meaning we commit to truly listening to what is said and not said. We listen with both our hearts and minds to ensure that we are meeting the child where they are.

It takes time to truly heal children hurt by broken promises. Thank you for being a part of that process by helping these children through your time, talents, and treasures.

Melissa Hopkins is the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

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