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LSS-Corpus Christi NEWS

On the Move With FIT

Corpus FIT Office webThis summer there’s more going on in Corpus Christi than sailing, fishing, beach combing and the Texas State Aquarium. On July 2nd the Robstown office of Foster In Texas (FIT) relocated to Corpus after several years at their Robstown location. Now they’ll be able to help a greater number of children in need in Nueces County, and will be more conveniently located for the foster parents they serve and train. Their new address is 4455 South Padre Island Drive, so if you’re ever in the neighborhood, please drop in and say HI!

Pictured here, with the paint on the walls barely dry, are (left to right) Mike Nevergall of the LSS Development Team, family service worker Shelly Salazar, area director Mickie Rodriguez, FSW Vanessa Aguirre, and Joanna Rocha,  director of volunteers at Bokenkamp. (Unfortunately, admin Melissa Aguilar missed the photo op.)

Getting Prepared at Bokenkamp

Bokenkamp Children’s Shelter is bustling with preparations for an expected influx of residents by the end of the month—from the usual 100 to around 120 children. A greater number of unaccompanied minors are making the dangerous trek to the U.S. from their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, where warfare has been escalating. Please pray for their safe travels!

The Galilean Men in Mission from Galilean Lutheran Church answered the call to help, and they went to work assembling almost a dozen bunk beds, which are part of the plan to create more room for our additional kids. A shout-out of thanks to volunteers Leroy DeHaven Chris Swanson, Ronald Boyd, and Jerry Hilker.

A great way to support the Bokenkamp mission and Foster In Texas in Corpus is to attend the upcoming Change a Life Benefit, “Deep In the Hearts of Texans” on September 28, 2013. Contact Joanna Rocha for additional information or to volunteer: or 361-994-1214.



100595088 Volunteer energy is so important, especially in the prevailing winds of state and federal budget cuts. Our children’s facilities (three residential treatment centers and one refugee shelter) each have a Director of Volunteers—we call them DOVs―who coordinate the volunteer efforts of the individuals and groups generously serving the children of LSS. A DOV is also in charge of organizing foster care fundraising and special events for our 16 foster care offices throughout Texas.

At the treatment centers, the DOVs touch the lives of the abused and troubled young residents every day, arranging activities and creating memories for the kids to take with them when they leave. Recently, Nelson Children’s Center in Denton and Krause Children’s Centerin Katy both celebrated prom nights, and the excitement among the kids has never been higher.

The day before Krause’s prom, a note appeared under DOV Tawana Goodwin’s door. Scanned here (but hard to read) it says: Krause PROM note

Dear Mrs. Tawanna, I just want to say thank you for everything that you’ve been doing for me and others but most of all thank you for PROM because what I’m experiencing now I haven’t seen or done in the free and all because you, the great woman God’s made you into, thanks for working and helping me when you where busy and tired and wanted to go home. So I thank you! I admire you and preciate you also thank you. Mrs. Tawanna your awesome.

“The pampering and attention the kids get for the prom is an all-new experience for them, believe me,” said Tawana, who gets almost as excited about prom as the kids. “They may not tell you or show you, but they really appreciate what we do!”

Prom is just one example of how volunteers step in to help at the centers. In 2010 alone the DOVs worked with more than 7,500 volunteers whose tasks ranged from huge facility renovations to Easter egg hunts and guitar lessons – all labors of love on their own time. The DOVs also give tours, take on speaking engagements, and generally help to raise awareness and financial support for the centers.

Now it’s time to introduce the LSS DOVs and their habitats (flying North to South):

Rebekah Chase Poling―Nelson Children’s Center in Denton DOV Rebekah

Lisa Brown―New Life Children’s Center in Canyon LakeDOV Lisa

Tawana Goodwin―Krause Children’s Center in Katy


Joanna Villarreal―Bokenkamp Emergency Children’s Shelter in Corpus ChristiDOV Joanna

Whitney Flynt―alighting at foster care offices across TexasDOV Whitney

These professional role models devote their hearts and hands to feathering the nests of the children at our facilities, sanctuaries of help, healing, and hopeful futures.

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