Baptist Children’s Home Owasso is Making Groundbreaking Moves
“The campus’ focus is to empower, strengthen, and encourage families by providing a gospel-centered environment with a family-focused team approach and biblical accountability,” says Kate Eacret, Administrator, Baptist Children’s Home, Owasso.
With shovels in hand, Baptist Children’s Home (BCH), Owasso broke ground and is expanding its ministry by building a new super cottage. A vision that began in 2014 came to fruition on May 14, 2021.
Being more than 13,000-square-feet, this cottage will increase capacity and create the ability to impact more students and families. It will serve up to sixteen students [eight per cottage] to be raised in a traditional family environment.
“The new super cottage doesn’t mean just sixteen new beds, it means sixteen new students and their families can be mentored, strengthened and encouraged,” says Eacret. “This gives us the opportunity to meet the needs of more children in families with various challenges. We come alongside the family. We work to strengthen the family unit. Our goal is for every kid to go back home.”
The super cottage will provide a safe environment for students and families in crisis. It will foster hope, healing, and restoration. It will strengthen campus programs like the reunification program. It will be a home filled with love, accountability, and encouragement. It will not just be a home, but a much-needed expansion of ministry.
Mandy Hopkins, BCH, Owasso houseparent has seen the benefits and rewards of these programs. “Everyone needs to be with family.” The reunification program involves parenting classes, a support system, a model to follow using positive responses, consequences and rewards. Houseparents work with the children and their families. The children’s needs are met as the family works to reunify. Hopkins shares, “Its tough work, but so rewarding.”