An Introduction

Welcome to our very first KKIDS, Inc. post!

I must say, this is exciting and terrifying at the same time. I am thrilled about the endless possibilities of where God will lead us. Our mission is simple(ish) – we just want kids to be safe.

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Many of the kids under our roof have lived through incredibly dangerous situations including face to face exposure to drugs (as in ‘within arms reach’ of heroin needles and baggies of crack), violence (as in ‘people I don’t know are fist fighting in my living room and there is blood all over’ or ‘I am disciplined with the buckle end of a belt across my back’ kind of thing), unsafe living conditions (like ridiculous fire hazards such as passed out adults leaving cigarettes on the sofa and setting curtains ablaze, nearby gunfire, and horrific bug infestations that cause all the furniture to have to be thrown out), and weapons of all kinds. Right where they are at. Within arms reach of kids under 10 years of age.

Our mission is to remove them IMMEDIATELY from that environment as fast as we can drive there. We want to be, or have someone be, one phone call and minutes away. We swoop them up and take them to our house where they are safe, clean, fed, clothed, and surrounded with love and support.

Our more extensive mission is to help them THRIVE!

Whether they remain with us for one night, one year, or one lifetime, it doesn’t matter to us! We will always look out for them and they will be in our hearts. We want to bridge the gap, to help be their protective ‘nest’ until they are ready to spread their wings and fly on their own.

And even then, we will do what our parents did (and still do) for us. Be there. Be there with a shoulder to cry on, help with a car or an apartment, advice, a homemade meal, whatever. These kids don’t have the luxuries of two parent households, or parents with any means to help them get started in life. Their caregivers are doing their best just to keep their heads above water and the kids are destined to repeat the cycle unless someone intervenes. We want to intervene and we ARE!

The truth is, we are stepping out in faith trusting that our meager efforts will be like the fishes and loaves… multiplied one hundred fold! And it would be terrifying if I thought I was doing it on my own.
I mean, who am I to think that I could possibly do something to impact our community and the lives of children and parents? Lord knows I’m not rich, and I don’t have any special qualifications. What I do have is a vast and unwavering love for kids, and I can’t bear to see them repeat the cycle of poverty, drugs, and violence. We have to break the cycle and if God can use me in some way, then I am willing.

I cherish each of you who are standing with us financially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Every aspect of that is needed in order for us to succeed in changing the lives of children and bringing the light into the darkness.

I have to try.

Keeping Kids In Distress Safe

KKIDS, Inc. (Keeping Kids in Distress Safe) is a non profit organization and here is our mission statement:

Providing at-risk kids with safety, proper nutrition, clothing, supervised education, and practical life skills so they don’t perpetuate the lifestyle of poverty and government dependence.

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To be a community conduit, connecting those that have the means and ability to help with those who are desperately in need, focusing especially on single-income families with children.

To break the cycle! Kids learn what they see, live what they know, turn into the people they have observed, unless they are provided with a positive alternative or the adults are given help to overcome their obstacles.

IN DEPTH:
We aim to break the cycle of poverty, substance abuse, abandonment, unplanned pregnancies, criminal activity, and government dependence by providing at risk kids with a safe place to play, a safe place to learn and observe traditional family values and core commitments to community, education, and advancement, and a safe place when they are in crisis.

We want to encourage them to reach for their dreams, continue to invest in their lives well into their adulthood, and foster an attitude of gratitude that will ultimately lead them to pay it forward with other at risk children helping to break the cycle.

We want to hold them accountable for their own growth and development in a loving, safe, and fun environment. We love and nurture them, but our primary goal is to teach them how to navigate life on their own.

Our facility will also provide respite for struggling single parents with “at risk” kids who need guidance and direction, counselling, and/or intervention. Single working parents have one of the hardest jobs and truly need all the support and aid we can provide them.

Children in middle school are being offered drugs and alcohol as early as 5th grade, and because they have often observed the adults in their life using illegal substances, they are curious. Often times these at-risk kids have been sexually abused and use drugs and/or alcohol as a way to escape the emotional damage.

Teaching these kids at a young age that they have a safe place with trusted mentors to turn to, who are actively monitoring their social media and their after school activities can prevent the risk of addiction, early pregnancy, and other dangerous situations from developing.

By providing alternatives like art, dance, sports, life skills training, assisting the elderly, landscaping, swimming, pet care, and other physical options we can keep them entertained and active while also teaching them core values.