Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 

Katy Kustos: A Voice for Residential Education

Katy Kustos

Moving to the Baptist Home for Girls in Madill, Oklahoma, gave me opportunities that I would argue even most “normal” kids my age have not been presented with:

  • The opportunity to live in a stable environment, where there were three meals every day, household chores to teach me responsibility, and houseparents that consistently showed me they loved me;
  • The opportunity to not only attend a public school, but also be involved in school activities that only aided in my success as an adult;
  • The opportunity to live in a safe and secure environment without any worries of there being any form of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse present;
  • And most importantly, the opportunity to know Jesus
    as my savior.

I believe that often people don’t realize the need that there is for an organization like Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. But as a life that has been completely changed by this organization, by this ministry, I contend that the need for not only OBHC, but also for the public knowledge of OBHC, is the greatest it has possibly ever been.

To me OBHC has been more than just a residential care organization; it has been my home for the past six years. Because of the care and after care that OBHC provides, I have been able to finish high school and go to college. I honestly believe that even most “normal” young adults my age have yet to experience the love, encouragement, and support that OBHC has given, and does give, me. I have heard that the very basic of a “good family” or “home” is a place where there is food, shelter, and love. If that is indeed the case, then OBHC is the family of the century!

This organization has provided me with food, shelter, a safe home, love, encouragement, support, stability, leadership, responsibility, and the list goes on. I don’t believe that you can even begin to put together a list on a changed life. And that is what this organization has given me, a changed life - one filled with hope instead of despair; filled with love instead of anger; filled with open windows of opportunity instead of closed doors; and filled with a revelation that I can be the best me possible.  They have taught me that I have a “hope and a future” and they have indeed provided me with a “hope and a home”.


Katy Pickens with her husband, Brandon, and their son, Gage.

Fast-forward several years...

Katy states, “Everything in my life has been so affected by the children’s home: my work, the man I married, my best friend (the administrator’s daughter). Every aspect of my life is as wonderful as it is because of OBHC. I can’t say where my life would be had I not lived at the children’s home."

Read more about Katy's life today and how her time spent at OBHC has helped her as a wife and mother.
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