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miriams-heart-2Well friends, the time has come! We are gearing up to bring to fruition the plan to offer expanded services to adoptive and foster families and the children they serve!

The first step was to begin to establish a team of not only our leaders and adoptive/foster parents, but to add professionals to assist us in bringing excellence in our field. In doing this we also prioritized training for our lay leaders and opened an access point for Empowered to Connect to invest and support the work here in the Northeast. Our relationships with Show Hope and Lifesong also assisted us in getting scholarships and support for training our tram and bringing training to our area.

The second was to begin to expand what services we provide. To begin to demonstrate a track record of success in our field and also within the families we serve. In the coming weeks you will see information about more programs and services! In addition to the mentoring and training we already provide via the Adoption and Foster 101 class, the Blend, the ETC Simulcast and one on one mentoring, Miriam’s Heart has invested in the training of Allison and Russ Highton to bring deeper and more comprehensive information via their 9 week Empowered to Connect courses! We have also partnered with Empowered to Connect to bring the highly sought after Train the Trainer course to NJ (for the first time!) and doubled down on our efforts to bring education and equipping to our area. In addition to the Blend, ETC training and Simulcast, Adoption and Foster Care 101 and mentoring, we have added Art Connection (a mindful art class for our children) with Ifeoma in Somerville and are looking ahead to the addition of Dance Connection, a movement/dance class, a Mindful Mamas self care initiative, Connection group, a nurture and social skills group for our kiddos, and service projects with the county offices visitation rooms remodel and the start of a possible Care Point with Children’s Hope Chest.

The third step will be to increase our donor base. As we move in this direction and expand and enhance, our services, our need has increased. As a financial supporter of Miriam’s Heart, I have created my own supporter page and have set my own goal of $5000. You can join me and by clicking here!

As you know Miriam’s Heart was created from what we did not have when we adopted and we have moved with the needs presented in order to best help families and children. We see a need to expand and desire to continue to meet the needs for children and families! I invite you to support this campaign in your own way and thank you for your continued support of our work! We could not do what we do without the generosity of your hearts and your dedication to help us to continue to take action on behalf of orphaned and abandoned children.

In Him and For His Glory!

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Elizabeth Terhune Occhipinti I President

Miriam’s Heart, Inc

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