By Vickie McCoy – Director of Aftercare – Los Angeles
We needed a new well since the current well did not have permit papers, due to how old it is.Our water design firm received three bids and we were happy the local company where our home will be built had the lowest quote.You don’t know how far they will have to dig before hitting water.I was hearing that we could have to drill as low as 1,200 ft. or as high as 500 ft.The cost difference was tremendous.
This year, ZOE decided to launch our very own Giving Tree! 15 churches, schools and businesses are currently taking part in this project. To date, we have raised over $1500 through this project. Just like other Giving Tree projects, participants are given tags to hang on their tree of choice and invite members in their church or employees to take a tag off the tree of a ZOE need and make a donation. Read more
December is so many things. It can be extra busy with finals, extra holiday activities such as plays and events, gift shopping, decorating and more. But December is also such a month of joy, festivities and family. My heart feels many different things in December. I often reflect on the year. It’s a time of reminiscing and thanking God for His continued blessings. Feeling grateful to not be doing this work alone, but to work in partnership with Him who holds our souls. Read more
ZOE representatives were invited to speak briefly at the last two meetings of the LA County Board of Supervisors as our top county officials considered motions related to human trafficking. We were honored to share insights based on ZOE’s experience. Read more
With Christmas just weeks away, ZOE Children’s Home located in Thailand, is in full swing, ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Christmas time is always special at our home. Rooms get decorated and trees get put up, much like the way we celebrate Christmas here in the States. Part of Christmas for our children is also to do outreach, to give back to the community and help others that are in need. We want to instill in our children that though receiving can be joyous, giving can be just as rewarding. One difference for some of our children living at the home is that Christmas was never a tradition for them growing up. Read more
I’ve been in a season where I am reflecting and constantly being reminded of why I am in this work. Before I get into some of the things I’ve been reflecting on, I just want to THANK YOU, ZOE friends, for engaging with us. Without YOU, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. We are so grateful for your support. Read more
This past summer, Higher Vision Church located in Santa Clarita, CA decided to adopt ZOE for their 2017 Vacation Bible School missions focus.They gave each child plastic tubes to collect change through our Kids Helping Kids program.The VBS was over the course of 5 days and the theme was Maker Fun Factory. Read more
Art and artistic expressions can move you and make you feel emotions such as feelings for compassion, love and joy that are needed to be felt in our world today. When you hear your favorite song, it can bring specific memories and emotions to mind. Read more
If you have been following ZOE long enough, you know by now that there are things always happening at the ZOE USA office.From going to conferences to meeting with church pastors to big projects like opening up ZOE Children’s Homes Los Angeles, the USA staff is always on their toes keeping busy with the various projects.Currently the USA office is going through a big transition.The office in which we called home for the past 14 years is no longer our home.We are moving!Though we have not found a permanent office location yet, we are super excited and very much looking forward to a new office space that we will be able to grow with.Great things are to come for the USA office!