we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found —Luke 15:3

Every child deserves a chance – we believe that to our core. But sometimes a chance isn’t enough.

Sometimes a child has been neglected or abused to the point he needs more than just a chance.

He needs multiple chances. He needs grace.

Meet Trent.

Trent was just 11 when he entered the juvenile justice system, and nobody was surprised. His parents were in and out of jail. His older brother is the one who taught him to break into houses and steal cars. There was no hope for him at home.

By the time he was 13, Trent was in youth prison.

That’s a lot of trouble for someone so young. And while it might be tempting to see Trent in those terms only – we see something else.

We train our eyes to see with compassion, as Christ teaches us in the parable of the prodigal son, and we ask this –

If God’s grace for us is infinite, what is the limit of ours for children who are lost?

You know the answer.

You made a place for Trent when he had nowhere else to go. Because you care, Trent came to us.

Trent is in one of our transitional living homes, learning how to be a responsible adult. When we look at him we see a teenager who’s playful, gangly, and a little goofy. He wants what other teens want – to learn to drive, to have a phone. He wants to have friends and good influences in his life.

Trent knows God has a better plan for his life, and he is trying to figure it out. He is taking classes at a local community college, working his first job at KFC. He volunteers at the animal shelter and Meals on Wheels. He has opened a bank account.

And for this, we celebrate. Trent is not a lost cause. He’s more alive now than he’s ever been.

First Chance Auction

Oceanfront – 5 bedrooms – sound good?

It could be yours for a week.

The Breezy Cottage at Emerald Isle is one of THREE beach get-aways up for auction May 19 at First Chance for White Pants. But you can’t win if you don’t come.

Round up your friends, get a bidding strategy together. And get your tickets now!

First Chance for White Pants is our dance party to welcome summer — featuring live music by Liquid Pleasure — and it’s coming back to Greenville.

Emerald Isle Beach Week

  •  Oceanfront Breezy Cottage, with 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths – see details
  •  Available off-season – (Oct. 10, 2022-Apr. 1, 2023)
Donated by Emerald Isle Realty


Harkers Island Bungalow

  •  Authentic 1940s beach bungalow with 2 bedrooms and a water view – see details
  •  Available for a 3-night stay in-season (Apr. 1-Sept. 30)
  •  or a 7-night stay off-season (Oct. 1-Mar. 31), a great time for fishing!
 Donated by Brad and Suzanne Williams


Nags Head Get-Away for 2

  •  Private bedroom (queen) and bath in waterfront home, Pond Island – see details for Room 1 or Room 2.
  •  Available for a 3-night stay in-season (Apr. 1-Sept. 30)
  •  or a 7-night stay off-season (Oct. 1-Mar. 31)
Donated by Brad and Suzanne Williams


Maria loves animals. All animals.
Creatures with fur, fleece, feathers, scales, shells – they’re all good.
But one is her favorite.
His name is Rusty, and he is the bearded dragon her parents bought for her 11th birthday.
“She loves this thing,” Desta, her mom, laughs. He walks on a leash and sits in her lap to watch movies. “She
talks to him – she’s really attached to him.”
Desta got the idea for Rusty after watching Maria chase lizards all summer at The Refuge, a camp her family runs in rural Greene County.
Maria wants to be a zoological veterinarian, a caretaker of animals unfamiliar and undomesticated, and she’s found her home with a family that sees her passions and strengths.
Every day with Desta and Sammy, living at The Refuge, she is discovering her capacity to learn, love, and grow.

Foster & Adopt

Triangle and Pitt County Areas | Are you interested in fostering or adopting?

We have information sessions to answer your questions.

•  What it means to be a foster parent.
•  What the training & licensing process is all about.
•  What types of children are referred to our foster care / adoption program.
•  Dates for our next MAPP training class.

Virtual Sessions – click dates for details

Thursday, May 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

See you online:

Tuesday, July 12, 6 to 5:30 p.m.


Click to fill out our Foster Parent Screening Form; please use Chrome or Firefox browsers. We will follow up within 24 hours of receiving your entry.


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This is your life

Three weeks ago, he helped clear the land. It was his first time on a job site, but he came ready to learn.

“He’s like a sponge,” the foreman tells us. “He absorbs everything. And he wants to learn how to do things the right way. If he was 18, I’d offer him a job right now. That’s how good he is.”

Taisean still has a couple of years before he’s 18, so there’s time to decide if construction is in his future. Right now his focus is on completing high school, earning money at a part-time job, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

“I’ve learned a lot about myself this year,” he says. “I’ve learned I can do this [construction] and I’ve learned I can be part of a team. When people meet me, I hope they can see that I’m a hard worker.”

A family stays together

Foster care can be traumatic. Carla knows from experience – she was placed into foster care at age 10, and she remembers how frightening it was to be pulled apart from her family.

So she does not want this for her three children. And she especially doesn’t want it for her youngest, who has autism.

When we met Carla, the department of social services was working already with her family, and she was prepared to do whatever it took to keep her kids under her roof.

83% of families in our family preservation programs stay together. Thanks to you.

Your gifts give Carla and her husband, Alex, the tools they need to parent better and to advocate for their kids – and keep everyone together. Thank you for all you do to help children and their families.

Love shows up

Sophia, 13

ZoZo, 7

And nobody gets left behind.

Love means being there when someone needs you.
As foster parents, Brittany and Sam knew they’d teach this lesson to any child who came to live in their home. It’s just who they are.
Then cancer flipped the script.

The diagnosis came about six months after Sofia and ZoZo moved in – Sam had brain cancer. Then, another hit – he had a mini-stroke during surgery to remove the cancer. Sam was paralyzed on the left side of his body and faced a long stretch of recovery.

They’ve always been a silver-linings family with a strong faith community, Brittany says. When the word went out, love showed up.

This is what love does.

Brittany remembers standing in the kitchen with Sofia as someone from their church dropped off meals. Sam was still in the hospital and the enormity of it all sank in.

“Sofia – she looked at me and was like, ‘Wow. People really love us.’

“I said, ‘Yeah, they do. This is what love does.’ ”

The church’s meal train fed them for months. People built a wheelchair ramp over the front steps. They picked up the kids from school and took them out for ice cream. “We have a lot of people who’ve loved on them and made sure they feel cared for,” Brittany says.

The siblings’ adoption plan was never in doubt – and when the day arrived, Sam was walking and driving again. The family celebrated in matching T-shirts with a line from Lilo & Stitch, one of their favorite movies: Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.

Because – this is what love does.