“I never saw a request that went unmet,” says Dee Kale, CarePortal coordinator for Kalispell’s Easthaven Baptist Church. Along with hundreds of volunteers, Kale helps area children in need by providing basics, from books to beds.
Kale works with Aaron Scofield of Promise686, which launched its Montana operation in January. Scofield serves a seven-county network of churches, and plans to expand to Missoula, Billings, and Cascade County in the coming year, eventually expanding efforts statewide.
Through Promise686’s CarePortal, churches help those in need by responding to requests submitted by partner organizations. Schools, state and tribal agencies identify needs, which are relayed through an online system to volunteers in the church community. Scofield estimates the CarePortal has helped nearly 1,000 Montana children.
CarePortal is a resource of Promise686’s Family Advocacy Ministries (FAMs), which offer churches training and tools to serve foster and adoptive families as well as biological families in crisis. “Families may have simple needs like books, school supplies, beds, and mattresses, as well as tires on a car so they can make it to various appointments,” Scofield says.
“It’s a great Christian outreach program,” Kale adds. “A lot of kids are taken care of through the church.”
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