His House Children’s Home offers shelter, counseling and faith-based education for abused and neglected children
At His House Children’s Home, children in foster care are taken care of physically, emotionally, spiritually – and academically.
“We are the only foster and adoptive services agency that provides a private and faith-based education for at-risk children in South Florida,” says Sabrina Sosa, community relations coordinator for His House Children’s Home’s (HHCH).
HHCH’s His House Academy offers a private school education using ABEKA curriculum to the children they care for, and now they’ve opened their doors to students in the community at large.
The academy exists to challenge at-risk students in grades 3K through eighth to become well-balanced Christ-like individuals by providing a quality education for mental, physical, social and spiritual development.
The His House Academy has quality teachers and a fully comprehensive learning environment committed to providing each child with the care and attention necessary for consistent behavioral and academic development. One of the distinguishing factors of the academy is their excellent student-to-teacher ratio. The small class sizes set them apart from other educational institutions, and students benefit from being able to receive individualized assistance on a daily basis.
Children who have experienced trauma or crisis during their lives benefit most from a learning environment that has been tailored to meet their individual needs – an environment that gives these at-risk students the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The after-school program, partially funded by The Children’s Trust, also enriches each student’s academic experience five days a week.
The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of funding created by voter referendum in 2002 to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future – because all children are our children.
The after-school students learn more through homework assistance, literacy and journalism, physical activity and fitness, social skills-building exercises, family involvement, nutritious snacks, music and dance and a program called Experience Aviation.
“Experience Aviation was started by Barrington Irving, who was the first African American and the youngest pilot to fly around solo. He brought his Experience Aviation program here to our after-school program,” says Alexina Jeannite, HHCH’s grant writer. “The program focuses on building social skills, as well as career exploration to get kids excited about the fields of aviation, science and math. They send their instructors here on a weekly basis. The kids do flight simulators, they build model planes, and they build model rockets that they actually get to launch.”
Through programs like this, His House Academy students receive a well-rounded, hands-on education. Each member of the faculty at His House Academy is committed not only to the student’s academic progress, but also to their moral training and character development. Their desire is to help students attain a life perspective founded on biblical, moral and ethical truth and demonstrated through godly character and good choices.
Established in 1989, HHCH is a private, non-profit, faith-based organization that provides residential services, case-management and an in-house counseling center, in addition to caring for children in foster care and supporting their families. Today, HHCH provides a safe haven for more than 60 children in shelters and more than 350 in foster care.
For more information, visit www.HHCH.org.