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About Our Chapter

Our Families

We currently have around 30 active volunteer Host Families serving in the Central Valley who are supported by a team of volunteers who provide services of transportation, mentoring, employment assistance or needed tangible items such as diapers, car seats or meals.

Our Churches

Safe Families for Children Central Valley churches play a significant role in recruiting and supporting their people to serve and reach out to parents who are in a crisis situation. Churches of all sizes and various denominational or non-denominational backgrounds are active partners with Safe Families for Children of the Central Valley.

Our volunteers come from the smallest to largest congregations, as all followers of Jesus are awakening to the urgent need of struggling families in our own cities and towns.

Our Team

Although our amazing volunteers are the ones who take the movement of Safe Families for Children into the community, they are supported by a professional staff. Our staff passionately invest their lives in engaging churches, building the base of volunteers, transitioning children, family coach supervision, vetting and training volunteers and so much more.

 

Kim Lehner, MSW

Kim is the Program Coordinator and provides leadership to the SFFC as well as coordinating fundraising and growth opportunities.

Kim received both her bachelor's and master's degree in Social Work from Fresno State University. Kim is passionate about God’s design and purpose for the family. She feels blessed to have been able to serve families through Bethany Christian services for 14 years and started the SFFC program in Fresno just over 5 years ago. Kim loves working for an organization that brings hope, help and healing to families who are facing a crisis situation. Kim enjoys coming alongside churches and connecting people.

Carrie Wood LMFT

As the Family Coach Supervisor Carrie works with the community for intake and referrals, approving volunteers and overseeing each hosting.

Carrie received her master’s degree in counseling from Fresno State University in 2005 and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Carrie has worked for Bethany Christian Services since 2016, first as an expectant parent counselor and now with Safe Families for Children as a Family Coach Supervisor. Carrie is passionate about children having every opportunity to grow up in safe, healthy environments and believes Safe Families for Children plays an important role in providing this for families. She loved Safe Families for Children from the first time she heard about it and is excited about the opportunity for the church to step up, and into, these families lives at a critical time to provide practical help and show the love and compassion of Jesus to those in need.