By LBCHFM Staff
MONROE, La. (LBCHFM) – The Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries has announced the construction of The Compassion Center that will help provide the hope of Christ for children and families in one of the state’s poorest regions.
Approved by LBCHFM trustees during their May 12, 2023, meeting, the 15,000-sq.-ft. facility will be located on its Monroe campus and could impact 25,000-50,000 children and their families annually.
According to the 2020 U.S. Census American Community Survey, 34.9 percent of Monroe residents live at the poverty level.
“There is a desperate need for this type of regional ministry where hope-centered services are provided to children and families in need,” LBCHFM President and CEO Perry Hancock said. “I am grateful for our trustees who are ready to launch this exciting new ministry opportunity.”
Compassion for Kids, a LBCHFM ministry, will operate the Compassion Center. The regional center will provide weekend food backpacks and school supplies for children, a baby store for infants and toddlers and support for foster care families. The center also will provide space for a mission church that could provide Bible studies at the facility and resources for existing compassion ministries and pursue the establishment of new church-based compassion works.
The Compassion Center should be operational by March 2024.
“The Center will create a wealth of opportunities for our region of the state to meet physical needs, build trust, share the Gospel, and demonstrate the unconditional love of Christ throughout our region,” Hancock said. “We are extremely excited to see how the Lord will work through this ministry to change lives in Jesus’ name.”