GAP has fourteen residential family-style large foster homes, called SPLASH Houses, where we care for children 0-21 years of age who are placed with us through the Department of Child Safety (DCS). It is our mission to shelter children who have been abused and neglected and to show them love and acceptance. We believe there is a Biblical mandate that requires us to defend the causes of the orphan, and to provide hope and healing.
GAP is licensed through the state of Arizona to house up to 130 children. We care for approximately 350 individual children each year, with teens making up about 30%. Our goal is to keep siblings together, and over 70% of our children come into care with their brothers and sisters.
SPLASH Houses are staffed with full time live-in house parent couples who have a desire to share God’s unconditional love with the children in their care. The positive changes that these children experience have been noticed by caseworkers, judges and therapists. The establishment of a healthy family model serves in restoring the value of family and appropriate interaction between children and family members. The unconditional love that is given by each parent and staff member is vital to the healing process that each child walks through.
SPLASH Houses started because GAP Ministries believes it is God’s desire that we impact children in many different aspects. His word says to “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.” (KJV) It is not good enough to just to put a Band-Aid on the foster children (today’s orphans) around us. We must find ways to reach them in all aspects of their lives. Social and safety issues, educational issues, mental health issues, and spiritual issues all need to be addressed or we will be guilty of neglecting these children. Abuse and neglect has devastated their lives so without ministering to the whole child we fall short of God’s directives.
SPLASH Houses are just like your home, except bigger! Homes are either owned or leased by GAP, and each is lovingly decorated to become a place of refuge and healing for the children. Greg and Pam Ayers have said, “Why wouldn’t these children deserve a home that’s just as nice as the ones we provide for our own children?” The entire family sits around the large table for breakfasts, dinners, homework and games. Boys share rooms with boys, and girls with girls. The homes have a large playground outside and some even have swimming pools, often the place of get-togethers between more than one of our SPLASH Houses. Whether for a couple of months or many years, for the time the children are living with us, they will be honored, loved and considered part of an extended “family.”
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