The Foster Family Community
Why build a Foster Family Community?
Many foster parents have the heart capacity to care for more children, but don't have the home capacity. The homes in the Foster Family Community are built specifically to accommodate the needs of family who would like to care for more children in foster care.
Many foster parents feel alone in the day to day challenges of foster care, which leads to isolation and burnout. By living in community with other foster families, the goal is to increase retention and ultimately the number homes available for children in need.
How long do children stay?
The time children stay in the foster homes varies greatly from case to case. Children can stay for as short of a time as a weekend, and as long as several years.
How do the children get placed?
Children are placed in the Foster Family Community through the individual foster family's child placing agency they are licensed to foster through.
Are there plans to build any more homes in the Foster Family Community?
The goal is to build 3-4 homes in the Foster Family Community in phases over the next 10-15 years.
How do I learn more?
Contact Community Development Director, Laura Lindsley at or by calling 864-296-5437.
Benefits of the Foster Family Community
Encouragement, experience, advice, and support are just a step out the front door.
Meet The families
Meet Jason and Amy Reese, our first family to commit to Calvary’s Foster Family Community. Jason and Amy were married in January of 2014 after meeting at their alma mater, Southern Wesleyan University. While Jason and Amy knew fostering and adopting were going to be the way in which they grew their family, they wanted to wait 5-8 years to travel, get debt free, and grow in their marriage. However, after the sudden death of Amy’s brother just two years after their wedding, they decided to take in his two- year old son. Fast forward thirteen months, and the Reese’s were licensed to foster though Miracle Hill and taking in a fourteen-month old boy as their first official placement. They adopted their nephew, Michael, in October of 2018 and adopted their first placement, Mathis, in February of 2019.
Amy says, “We are so proud of this project and honored to be a part of the Foster Family Community at Calvary Home. Calvary’s forethought to reduce barriers, like bedroom space, and provide additional support is unmatched. It will serve both the foster parents and the foster children in ways that are not even fully known yet. We are just so excited to move in and continue making a difference in the lives of kids from hard places.” Jason adds, “There will certainly be a cost associated with undertaking this and I’m not talking about a financial one. But, if we don’t, it will cost the kids and our community so much more. They need stability and safety. Calvary is broadening our reach to more kids, so we can provide for those in our community.”
Meet Cristian and Whitney Aveldano, our second family to commit to Calvary's Foster Family Community. Crisitian and Whitney met at church and were married in 2012. They served as missionaries in Argentina and the Dominican Republic before coming to serve at Calvary Home. Their six-year-old daughter, Evie, is full of spunk and loves to be around other children. Cristian states that he was drawn to Calvary Home because of our mission statement, "Help. Hope. Home." He states, "It is so simple, yet so profound to explain the needs of vulnerable children in our community."