Harvest Child Care Ministries

 Harvest is a non-profit children’s home, licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services. In addition, Harvest is affiliated with the Free Will Baptists and the Virginia Association of Children’s Homes.  The home officially opened its doors in August 1993 with the intent to care for children who were victims of abuse and neglect. Since that time, the home has served nearly 1,400 children with tremendous success.

 

Harvest is licensed to serve 51 children ages 5 to 18 in its current facilities located in Lee County . Their campus is a 36-acre tract, which houses the Stickleyville Cottage (home to 8 girls), the Emergency & Assessment shelter (which has a capacity of 22), and the Ruby Dobson Cottage (home to 10 boys).  

Harvest Free Will Baptist Child Care Ministries began only as a dream in the hearts of a few motivated people. It was a dream of reaching out to victimized young people who needed a second chance. It was a dream of providing a home of Christian love to children who merely knew abuse, neglect, and abandonment.

Today, Harvest stands tall among its peers. The home is relied upon by the communities and leaders of Virginia. One Probation Officer noted, “The children have felt that Harvest was their second home…they felt secure and cared for during their placement.” Another Social Services Worker stated, “They go the ‘extra mile’ with kids…”

In Virginia alone there were 6,234 substantiated cases of abuse and neglect reported last year, the majority of which came from dysfunctional families. The need is particularly notable in the southwestern counties, which are among the most disadvantaged in the Commonwealth. Lee County, where Harvest is located, is the “poorest” in the state.