August 22, 2014

Arrow CEO Scott Lundy completed the ice bucket challenge!

In his challenge video, Scott raised awareness about not only the devastating disease that is ALS, but also the epidemic of child abuse and neglect facing the nation.

Scott in turn challenged Dan Adams, CEO of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, and Michael Redden, executive director of New Horizons.

Check out his video below!

Scott Lundy – Ice Bucket Challenge from Arrow on Vimeo.

July 31, 2014

Our Maryland girls are giving back to their community, and making some new friends along the way.

Six girls from the Crossroads Transitional Living Program have formed a partnership with Genesis Healthcare Center, a nursing facility in Baltimore.

On their first visit a few weeks ago, they socialized with the seniors and played games with them, and residents enjoyed their company so much that the girls were soon invited back.senior hands

For their second visit, they decided to put on a talent show for the residents. The girls, sang, played piano and read poems for the residents, but the highlight of the show was a line dance the girls did together. One 90-year-old woman was inspired to get out of her wheelchair to join in the dancing.

Melody Baker, program director for Crossroads, said the girls benefit from the interactions, too. She said the girls genuinely enjoy spending time with the residents, and are excited to spread smiles and laughter at the center.

“The girls get affirmation from the residents,” said Melody Baker, Crossroads program director. “The girls are very talented, and they love to perform, so it’s just a good fit.”

In their two visits, the girls have already started to bond with the seniors. The Genesis Activities Coordinator was so impressed with the joy they brought to the residents that she scheduled them for monthly visits.

“A lot of the residents are older, and don’t have family, and some of the girls don’t either so, it’s a great opportunity,” Baker said.

Baker said one of the life skills girls learn at Crossroads is to give back to their communities, and volunteering at Genesis is a perfect way to teach the girls about service. In the past, they’ve also volunteered at local soup kitchens and the humane society, but the partnership with Genesis marks their first ongoing project.

“A lot of times people do volunteer work around Christmas and Thanksgiving, but there are people in need all year round,” Baker said.

The Arrow Crossroads Community is a home for girls who are “aging out” of foster care to learn life skills for successful independent living. At Crossroads, they receive individualized assessments and training, therapeutic services and multidisciplinary treatment planning. Through progressive goal achievements, girls are able to earn the privilege of moving from a dorm-style setting to the less structured life of a cottage before leaving for independent life as adults.

July 22, 2014

Arrow is proud to announce we’ve expanded our presence in California!

As of last week, Arrow is officially licensed in Riverside. Arrow team members have been working hard over a six-month period to get the new office up and running.

Pam Tarango, a family home developer in Riverside, said a need for foster agencies in the area drove Arrow to open the new office. Riverside County is home to more than 4,000 foster care children, she said.

Team members in California have hit the ground running. The Riverside office already has one certified foster family, one waiting for approval and several more being studied.

“We’re all very excited,” Pam said. “It’s been a long, hard process, but we’re excited to serve this county where there’s such a great need.”

July 17, 2014

Madison shows her donations at the Arrow office in Beaumont.
Madison shows her donations at the Arrow office in Beaumont.

A special girl with a big heart recently used her birthday gifts to impact our Arrow kids.

Madison, the daughter of a couple who has been attending foster parent training at the Beaumont office, recently turned 10 years old, but instead of asking for toys for her birthday, Madison asked her friends to give her Bibles to give to Arrow foster children.

Madison stopped by the Beaumont office last week where she visited Jesse Lofton, a family home developer, who shared ministry stories with Madison, her sister and parents. When Jesse asked Madison why she wanted to give Bibles to our kids, she said “How else will foster kids find out God loves them?”

Thank you for your kind gift, Madison! It’s so encouraging to see the Lord working through young people like you!

June 25, 2014

COA LogoArrow recently earned national accreditation, making it part of an elite group of foster care providers and opening doors for future opportunities to help kids and strengthen families all over the country.

Arrow became accredited through the Council on Accreditation, an independent, non-profit assessor of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations. COA has accredited more than 2,000 organizations, and is considered the standard of accrediting excellence. COA partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

The accreditation process took two years and countless hours of work by dedicated Arrow employees, but the payoff is well worth the effort.

Because of COA accreditation, Arrow now meets criteria to provide foster care in many more states, enabling expansion in the future.

Arrow’s accreditation also means Arrow’s Freedom Place is now the only nationally accredited domestic sex trafficking recovery program in the entire country. COA assessed Freedom Place’s treatment process for victims of sex trafficking as well as its residential services before accrediting the program.

“Achieving accreditation shows Arrow is committed to providing excellent care for children who have come from some of the worst circumstances imaginable,” said Arrow CEO Scott Lundy. “These children deserve the best treatment and services possible so they can begin the healing process, and accreditation shows Arrow is prepared to deliver that.”

COA provides an objective, independent and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. Based on their findings, COA’s Accreditation Committee voted Arrow met all criteria to become accredited.

Before accrediting the program, COA reviewed Arrow’s services to ensure we are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented and provided by a skilled and supported workforce.

Since Arrow operates more than a dozen offices across five different states, a major part of earning accreditation was standardizing policies and procedures to ensure each office is providing the absolute best care for the over 4,000 children and families Arrow serves each year.

Additionally, Arrow increased its accountability to meet COA standards by centralizing and standardizing its continuous quality improvement process. The process allows Arrow to monitor outcomes and measure them against national statistics.

“We’re excited about achieving this significant mile stone, but we’re more excited that it allows us to bring a higher standard of programs and services to even more kids and families in need,” Scott said.

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