The Word Among Us

January 2004 Issue

One Child at a Time

How Kids Hope reaches out to the most vulnerable of children.

By: Bob Horning

Luke was an angry child because his mother was too sick to care for him and his little sisters. His father didn't know how, so he often locked him in his room. After his father abandoned the family, Luke's grandparents received custody of the children. In first grade the angry youngster was assigned a mentor from Kids Hope USA. By fifth grade, he was named the most improved student in his class.

"His mentor, a fireman named Mark, was able to do things for Luke that we couldn't do," says the thankful grandfather. "And the girls, who...

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