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After 141 years of continuous ministry, we’ve identified a couple of constants at Buckner: First, the world still needs the kind of hope we provide. The second constant is just as true: We’ve never provided hope alone. From our earliest days, we have always worked together with others to shine hope.

Buckner is wired for togetherness and working in tandem with others is a great model. Many times, we’re able to take our experience and expertise, pair it with your energy, excitement, resources and heart, and change lives.

And who are you? You’re individuals with hearts for children. Companies that see beyond the need to conduct business and seek to conduct change. You’re clubs and churches who band together to reach beyond your group and lift up others in need. You come from all walks of life and backgrounds, yet we’re all united – together – in the pursuit of helping children, families and senior adults in need of help and hope.

This past year, we worked together with you to shine hope and bring positive change to more than 150,000 people in the U.S. and six other countries where we serve. That kind of work just isn’t possible on our own. We can only do it when you magnify it. I see that kind of togetherness as miraculous.

Albert Reyes President and CEO Buckner International Visit my blog at AlbertLReyes.com

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Meet the McDormans, and learn how you can begin your journey to foster or adopt at: www.buckner.org/foster-care-adoption

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Family Pathways helps single parents and their children through education and a safe environment.

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Buckner is transforming lives in Kenya.

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Buckner International is a faith-based ministry dedicated to transforming the lives of orphans, vulnerable children, families and seniors. Founded in 1879 in Dallas, Texas, Buckner serves people through a variety of programs designed to protect children, strengthen families and serve senior adults.

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To maximize our resources and effectiveness, we focus on four key ministries:

Foster Care and Adoption. We provide families for vulnerable children in need of safety and love.

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Family Pathways. We help families stay together by providing single parents seeking higher education with affordable housing and support.

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Family Hope Centers. We offer a range of services like counseling, computer classes and family coaching in communities where vulnerable families live.

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Senior Living. We enrich the lives of the aging population with a continuum of services including independent living, assisted living, nursing, dementia care and hospice.

2019 marked the 140th year Buckner International has partnered with you to transform the lives of children and families as well as inspired happiness in the lives of seniors. From the ministry’s beginnings as an orphans home in East Dallas, Buckner has expanded to serve across Texas as well as in six foreign countries. Thanks to you, Buckner has protected thousands of children from abuse and neglect, strengthened the families of millions and improved the lives of countless seniors.

Buckner founder R.C. "Father" Buckner.

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Albert Reyes released a new book. What’s more important: evangelism or social ministry? Buckner President and CEO Albert Reyes answered in his second book, Hope Now, released in October. “I believe these needs are two sides of the same coin, and in ‘Hope Now,’ I explain how both are not only doable but must be done.”

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Breanae Campbell and her son, Maddex

Being a young mother is never easy. There’s so much to learn, so much to “adult” … and so little sleep. It’s even harder when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from. When Breanae Campbell had her son, Maddex, life was difficult. “I couldn’t pay for food. I couldn’t pay for rent.” She had always dreamed of attending Texas Tech, but their situation made it challenging. Breanae found the support she needed to succeed when she found Buckner Family Pathways in Lubbock. Breanae and Maddex’s future is bright. Together, they have confidence they can achieve their goals.

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The Tony and Jeaneau Snell family

Tony and Jeaneau Snell of Amarillo received an early Valentine’s present when they adopted their niece, Nevaeh Wilson, Feb. 4. As soon as the Snells learned that Nevaeh was living in an unsafe environment, they did everything they could to bring her into their home and worked with Buckner to foster her through kinship care. This is a growing area for Buckner and the state of Texas. Kinship care is a type of foster care in which children are living with and being cared for by relatives or fictive kin – close family friends or other adults with whom the child already has a relationship.

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Everyone at the Buckner Family Hope Center at Reed Road in Houston knows Lloyd. As he walks up and down the halls, he makes people laugh and smile. He and his mother moved to the Star of Hope community next door after a tragic house fire killed Lloyd’s father. When he first came, the 12-year-old was significantly behind in school – unable to read and needed help in multiple subjects. Buckner helped Lloyd get into Yellowstone Academy, a private school that could help him. Combined with help from Buckner, he has grown leaps and bounds. He now reads at a third-grade level and continues to make significant progress in other subjects as well.

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When Trevor Petersen urged his team to take the field on a Friday night, he did it a little more carefully than normal. The Pine Tree High School head baseball coach led the team barefoot to highlight the need to donate footwear for vulnerable children through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®. More than 300 people turned out for the game against Whitehouse High School. Whitehouse Coach Dan Jenkins also went barefoot for the cause when he heard what Petersen was doing.

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Buckner joined a coalition of institutions to create a new statewide initiative called Faith Fosters Texas, which seeks to engage churches in solving the foster care crisis in Texas. According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 62% of children are removed from their homes due to neglect in Texas and more than 1,000 age out of the foster care system each year. More than 7,000 children in Texas are waiting to be adopted. “What we’re trying to do is, in effect, solve one of the biggest crises in the state of Texas,” said David Ummel, a coalition member and church engagement officer for Buckner. “The foster care crisis is leaving thousands of the most vulnerable of our Texas children unparented and uncared for. That is unacceptable and should be a burden on the radar of every church in the state.”

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Katie and Aaron Stephens had a plan: foster young children, adopt, be a forever family. But five years later, they saw six children come and go from their home in Midland. They began to doubt they would ever have a forever family until they met 16-year-old Christopher. From the very beginning, he fit in with the Stephens family – even calling them mom and dad from day one. On June 5, Christopher was adopted in the Stephens’ forever family, who Katie calls the missing piece of their puzzle.

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Lauren James, a high school student in Longview, volunteers with Buckner to help the families Buckner serves. She babysits children while their parents attend educational courses at the Buckner Family Hope Center or during Buckner Project HOPES meetings. She also works with Athletes Who Care, collecting backpacks and stuffed animals for children served through Buckner Foster Care. Lauren stepped out of her comfort zone to care for children, and in doing so, has received a new perspective on the families Buckner serves and about helping people. “When I attended our first collaborative event, I was not sure what it entailed and was nervous about how the children would interact with me. Honestly, that first day has changed me forever. I do my best to ‘over-deliver’ at each of these events, because I know that my eagerness can serve as a happy moment for them in a period of struggle.”

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Carlos Cabrera and his wife Elizabeth Gracia were doing their best to provide for their family. They took finance and parenting classes at the Buckner Family Hope Center and worked with a family coach to accomplish their goals of self-sufficiency and create a safe and happy home for their children. They had paid off more than half their loan on the house when suddenly, the home was repossessed by the owner. Five of their eight children still lived at home with them. But even in the middle of uncertainty, they clung to the hope that God would provide. That’s when they learned they qualified for a home build through Buckner Missions. A mission team came in the spring to build the house and Carlos jumped right in to help them. Carlos and Elizabeth were amazed to see their hope of a comfortable home built before their very eyes.

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