Hogan Hozhoni – Window Rock Arizona

History

Welcome to Hogan Hozhoni where you seldom get bored and have many Navajo children with with to share your love. We care for around 30 to 40 children much of the time. Sometimes the children only need a place to stay for a couple of days and others will be there much longer. Many come from unfortunate circumstances and often respond to love from the volunteer staff.

Where else can you learn skills in cooking for larger groups and caring for five two year olds at one time? The thirteen girls have many wonderful times together and learn to laugh, cry, sing, and pray together.

Hogan Hozhoni is now on a food program requiring the home to serve nutritious meals to the clients, this gives opportunity for increased skills in documentation and record keeping.

We are also updating some in the interior of the home as time and money permit. At Hogan Hozhoni we are continuing to look for ways to improve care for those dear children that truly need love and care.

Gary and Karen Boeckner came in June to be house parents. Rosalee Nichols is Hogan Hozhoni’s nurse. Hogan Hozhoni has recently added another position, a CNA, Kayla Friesen, to assist the nurse and help make her load lighter.   It seems like our personnel’s terms go by quickly, and we are soon looking for house parents and a nurse again.

We welcome sincere volunteers and at this time the list of girls wanting to come to Window Rock is short. Those who come, fine the time serving at Hogan Hozhoni very rewarding. We appreciate all who have supported this home in some way. It is a worthy work and many lives are touched, -especially children who have experience much trauma. They are being loved and cared for while the are at Hogan Hozhoni. We have no idea how much it may affect their lives, it is the Lord’s work.

Rochester, Minnesota

Rochester is a beautiful city where the world-renowned Mayo Clinic is found. This service unit consists of six girls and their houseparents, Randy and Terry Ensz.

The girls work 5½ days a week at any of these places: Gift of Life Transplant House, Hope Lodge, Mayo Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and the Rochester Mennonite Guest Home. At the Gift of Life Transplant House, the girls clean the kitchens and rooms. At Hope Lodge, the girls answer the phone, give tours, and clean. At Mayo Clinic, the girls work in the cafeteria, pass out children’s books, escort patients from recovery rooms, give hand massages to chemotherapy patients, and answer questions at information desks. At the St. Mary’s Hospital, the girls work in the Sisters’ Crossing Gift Shop, clean playrooms, help the Child Life staff, deliver flowers, and take a library cart around to patient rooms. At Ronald McDonald House, the girls sit at the front desk, answer the phone, and clean. At the Rochester Mennonite Guest Home, the girls help with the cleaning.

Singing is a large part of our witness in the city. We sing twice a week at the hospitals and guest home. Two Tuesday evenings a month are spent singing at the Gift of Life Transplant House and Hope Lodge, sometimes with the help of a youth group.

Sunday church services are held in the basement of an office building together with the guest home and mission couples, followed with lunch together at one of our homes. We encounter many opportunities to share our faith with the ones we work with and those suffering from illnesses. We feel privileged to work in friendly Rochester.

 

History

Rochester is a quiet, beautiful city, where the world-renowned Mayo Clinic is located. The service unit began in 1999 and consists of six girls and a set of house parents. The unit house, situated in a peaceful neighborhood, is within walking distance of St. Marys Hospital of 1200+ beds where the girls volunteer in the gift shop, which is a highlight of the work schedule. The other jobs in this hospital are the library cart, delivering flower bouquets, and the coffee route.

The girls also volunteer at Gift of Life Transplant House. Patients who are in the process of having a transplant stay here. Some of these people stay an extended length of time, and we get to know them quite well. The friendly staff is enjoyable to work with, and we have many good times with them.
Hope Lodge is a similar operation, but for cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy or radiation at the Mayo Clinic. Two of the girls volunteer here a couple days a week. Tasks include working behind the front desk, answering the phone, giving tours, and some cleaning. The girls volunteer six months of their time.

Rochester, Minnesota

Rochester is a beautiful city where the world-renowned Mayo Clinic is found. This service unit consists of six girls and their houseparents, Randy and Terry Ensz.

The girls work 5½ days a week at any of these places: Gift of Life Transplant House, Hope Lodge, Mayo Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and the Rochester Mennonite Guest Home. At the Gift of Life Transplant House, the girls clean the kitchens and rooms. At Hope Lodge, the girls answer the phone, give tours, and clean. At Mayo Clinic, the girls work in the cafeteria, pass out children’s books, escort patients from recovery rooms, give hand massages to chemotherapy patients, and answer questions at information desks. At the St. Mary’s Hospital, the girls work in the Sisters’ Crossing Gift Shop, clean playrooms, help the Child Life staff, deliver flowers, and take a library cart around to patient rooms. At Ronald McDonald House, the girls sit at the front desk, answer the phone, and clean. At the Rochester Mennonite Guest Home, the girls help with the cleaning.

Singing is a large part of our witness in the city. We sing twice a week at the hospitals and guest home. Two Tuesday evenings a month are spent singing at the Gift of Life Transplant House and Hope Lodge, sometimes with the help of a youth group.

Sunday church services are held in the basement of an office building together with the guest home and mission couples, followed with lunch together at one of our homes. We encounter many opportunities to share our faith with the ones we work with and those suffering from illnesses. We feel privileged to work in friendly Rochester.

History

Rochester is a quiet, beautiful city, where the world-renowned Mayo Clinic is located. The service unit began in 1999 and consists of six girls and a set of house parents. The unit house, situated in a peaceful neighborhood, is within walking distance of St. Marys Hospital of 1200+ beds where the girls volunteer in the gift shop, which is a highlight of the work schedule. The other jobs in this hospital are the library cart, delivering flower bouquets, and the coffee route.

The girls also volunteer at Gift of Life Transplant House. Patients who are in the process of having a transplant stay here. Some of these people stay an extended length of time, and we get to know them quite well. The friendly staff is enjoyable to work with, and we have many good times with them.
Hope Lodge is a similar operation, but for cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy or radiation at the Mayo Clinic. Two of the girls volunteer here a couple days a week. Tasks include working behind the front desk, answering the phone, giving tours, and some cleaning. The girls volunteer six months of their time.

Gallup, New Mexico

Christian Child Care continues to open its doors to the abused or neglected children of the Gallup vicinity. Ten young sisters serve here for a six-month term.

The big house on the hill is a refuge for children who need a secure place to sleep, play, and eat nourishing meals. The volunteers take their turn cleaning, cooking, and doing laundry. Supervising children is always on the agenda, and even at night, the night girl is on duty listening for the cry in the night. These volunteers open their arms and show them love, whether it is for a day or a few months. Much effort is put forth, and their testimony is how rewarding it is to be here. Lasting bonds of friendship are made, and time shared together is special.

Mike and Lavonne Mininger will arrive in January 2019 for a term to serve as house parents.  Darren Jantz is filling the position of director, taking care of the needed legal work.

God has been very good to us here in Gallup, and we feel an open door to work with the state of New Mexico and the Navajo Nations people. Pray for the work here in Gallup. Sisters, if the Lord touches your hearts with the needs of these little children, send in your applications.

Your support is much appreciated.

History

Christian Childcare at Gallup, NM began in 1959 providing emergency shelter for children needing temporary care. The home provides care for up to 24 children ages 0 to 10. There are 10 girls volunteering together with the House Parents who are also volunteers giving of their time to provide loving care for abused and neglected children. The girl’s responsibility includes; caring for infants to 10 years old, cooking, laundry, and cleaning. This unit provides a 6 month term for girls who have a heart for children.

Columbia, Missouri

The six girls and their houseparents, Lonnie and Twila Schmidt, live in a subdivision north of town. This setting gives them a beautiful place to unwind after a day of service in the hospitals.

Two afternoons a week two of the girls go to the guest home to help with the cleaning there. The rest of the days are spent at three different hospitals, University of Missouri Hospital, UM Women and Children’s Hospital, and Boone Hospital. The girls and houseparents volunteer in a number of different departments including the information desk, the gift shops, Ambulatory Infusion Unit, and the medical library. They are involved in answering the phone in the volunteer office, delivering meals, e-cards, and flowers. They also help in the surgery waiting room and in the cancer center. The directors of the volunteer programs have recently changed, and the new directors have expressed their appreciation for our program.

On Tuesday, after work, the unit sings for different ones of the patients in the hospital that they have become acquainted with. The testimony of the hospital personnel is that this brings a quiet rest to many there. We feel blessed to be able to serve here.

The girls sing at several local retirement centers on Wednesday evenings. The Versailles and Cole Camp congregations help them with this outreach. After singing they go to the guest home, where they enjoy snacks and fellowshipping together. Most Sundays they are involved with the services at the guest home chapel.

History
The unit at Columbia, Missouri began in 2001 and has six girls volunteering together with their house parents. The girls volunteer six months of their time, volunteering in three different hospitals.

At the University of Missouri Hospital, the girls work in the gift shop, the information desk, registration, and volunteer office. Also, they deliver newspapaers and books to the patients’ rooms. All of the girls have a chance to work here and at Boone Hospital, where they deliver mail, sit at the volunteer desk, deliver flowers and cards, and work in the medical library.

Two of the girls spend two days at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where they help with the medical records, the gift shop, the information desk, and registration.

One day a week two girls answer the phone and work at the clinic at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. They clean rooms and do laundry at the Ronald McDonald guest house one afternoon a week.

Ann Arbor

The girls’ unit in Ann Arbor has been a blessing again this year. The Lord has smiled on the willingness of the young sisters and the house parents as they have given their time at the University of Michigan Health System. This unit has six girls, with two arriving and two leaving every other month.
Their work includes volunteering at the gift shops, taking a beverage cart around, helping patients find the location they are looking for, doing the mail route for social services, putting together patient information folders, taking the candy cart around to different waiting rooms, and screening prospective part-time volunteers for the hospital. The girls work full-time in the volunteer department. Because Ann Arbor is a university town, there are many students who volunteer part time at the hospital.

Of special note is the weekly singing they do on different floors for patients and their families, some of whom are facing terminal illness. They also sing at nursing homes and at the Ann Arbor Guest Home.

The house parents at the unit are Maynard and Darla Unruh. We are very thankful for the time and effort they are giving, and may God continue to bless them and the girls as they unselfishly serve mankind.

History

The unit at Ann Arbor, Michigan began in 2006 with the volunteer girls giving six months of their time. All six girls from the unit spend their days working in the University of Michigan Health System. This is a large health complex including the University of Michigan Hospital, Cancer Center, Cardiovascular Center, Mott Children’s Hospital, and the Taubman Clinic. Some of the jobs iclude working in the gift shop, taking the candy cart up onto the floors, taking several bevaerage carts around to waiting rooms, way finding, making flower deliveries, doing the mail route for social services, and putting together patient information folders. The highlights of the week are singing in the Cancer Center on Tuesday

Seattle Service Unit

The Seattle-Tacoma area has a population of over 3.5 million people, which gives us plenty of opportunity to be a witness for Christ. On Monday, we go work for Rebuilding Together Seattle. It is an organization that does small maintenance jobs for older people and veterans to make their homes safer for them. In the rainy weather that Seattle is famous for, the boys have come home wet some days. Tuesday and Wednesday they work at the Good Samaritan Hospital, pushing folks in hospital beds and wheel chairs after outpatient surgery, delivering the mail, stocking carts, and whatever else the volunteer coordinator needs them to do.

Thursday and Friday Habitat for Humanity uses them wherever they are needed. Twice a month they serve supper at two different rescue missions. Every other week, one of the boys goes with the man from Gospel Tract on their tract route. We sing three times a month with the mission and tract couple, and we worship three Sundays a month with the mission and tract couple at the mission house. The other Sunday we go visit a congregation that is close by. The house parents are Fernando and Emily Schrock from West Point, MS.

History

This unit started in Vernonia, OR in January of 2007. The houses are raised on piers and the boys add the stairs and decks to accommodate the new height. This unit has moved to Seattle in January of 2013. The boys are building with ‘Habitat for Humanity’ Wed., Thurs., and Fri., and Mon. and Tues. they alternate with ‘Rebuilding Together’ and ‘Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. There are four boys in this unit together with their house parents. The boys put in six months of service in this unit.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is a beautiful desert city up against the Sandia mountains. Spanish is a common language in the people. Our work in Albuquerque is quite diversified. The boys work with Department of Senior Affairs of Albuquerque Thursday and Friday, building wheelchair ramps, steps, installing safety equipment and cleaning yards. They also work at the Presbyterian Hospital helping in Emergency room, transporting patients,working at the gift shop, and also working in the children’s department. On Wednesdays they work at Silver Horizons which is an organization that feeds low income seniors. They unload trucks and organize foods in the warehouse and then load up vans and distribute food to senior centers around the city. The work in Albuquerque is a very fulfilling work we have opportunity to touch many lives.

History

The first Christian Public Service units in Albuquerque were started in the early 1960’s and continued until the draft ended in 1972. The unit as we know it today began in the late spring of 1992. The missionary couple there at that time strongly encouraged a unit to be established as a boost to the mission effort. There are four young men and their houseparents serving there. This is a humanitarian work, reaching out to the elderly and needy in the community and volunteering at the Presbyterian Hospital.