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Who We Are2018-11-08T00:32:18+00:00

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to RESCUE orphaned, at-risk and abandoned children, RESTORE to them the life they deserve, and REDEEM their hope for a future with limitless possibilities.   We do this by offering a holistic model of care provided in small family settings to children that do not have an option of family reintegration. We believe that by investing deeply in the lives of our kids through a loving family, educational opportunities, and psychological support, we will change the trajectory of their life, giving them hope and freeing them from the cycle of poverty that predominates orphans graduating out of traditional institutional care.

RESCUE

At Possibilities House children are part of a small family with house parents that provide for all of their needs and ensure they are safe. Here their hurts matter, and they can put aside the fears that have plagued their life up until now. Every child has a voice and is heard. With regular health check-ups, consistent attendance in school, and nutritious meals a child’s mind can relax and focus on kid stuff, such as having fun with friends or discovering their world.
In this environment they begin the process of growth and discovers who they really is.

RESTORE

With a Personal Life Plan developed by people who care, and professionally trained people to help realize it, a child begins to see their own potential. There is a psychologist to help heal emotional wounds and a social worker that works diligently to help restore broken family bonds. At this stage children are able to put more attention into their studies, to learn life skills and to develop strong interpersonal skills. A child begins to feel connected to house parents and family, and develops a sense of truly belonging. Grounded and confident.

REDEEM

The dream of a bright and limitless future is no longer something that they see in movies. In our family settings children are taught life skills and given educational opportunities, extra-curricular activities, cultural and artistic experiences and the chance to discover hidden talents and skills. It is the develppment of the whole person that knows how to love and to be loved and knows where they are going in life. At Possibilities House for Children we are raising children to be independent adults who will never again return to the cycle of generational poverty.

OUR PLAN

In order to help us achieve and fulfill our mission, Possibilities House has implemented programs, procedures, and standards, to support our 5-point development plan. Each child has a Personal Life Plan, established to support their needs in each of the 5 following areas of Development.

Physical Development:
Many children come to us undernourished or generally in poor health. Our house parents are guided by our multidisciplinary team which includes a pediatrician, nutritionist, and dentist to ensure the children live healthy lives and form healthy habits. In their homes the children are learning to plan and even help prepare a healthy meal. Our children also enjoy regular exercise and sports programs to help them stay fit and strong.

Educational Development:
Children of poverty or trauma situations tend to arrive at the home with educational lags. Our children attend public schools and receive extra support by tutors, house-parents, speech therapists and volunteers to help them close the gaps and promote healthy study habits. They learn life skills such as gardening, cooking, music, and the use of technology. At Possibilities House the children will be encouraged to pursue their vocational interests knowing we will support them through post-secondary education to ensure they reach their maximum potential, and become self-sustaining, positive contributors to their community.

Emotional Development:
The first step to helping children coming from trauma situations is to be placed in a secure, stable and loving environment. From there it takes time, patience, therapy and a lot of intentional emotional connection. Our onsite psychologist works with each child to help overcome past traumas and establish healthy attachments. Our Social Worker assists the children in maintaining healthy connections with available family members and within the community. All of our staff receive ongoing training in Trauma Competent Care. With this in place, the children are able to overcome whatever experiences, traumas and abuses they have faced in the past and are preparing a healthy future.

Social Development:
Each child needs to understand who they are and where they fit into their families, their community and in society in general. Our children attend public schools to allow for normal healthy friendships and authority figures outside of the home. Visits from local and international groups give them a broader exposure to the world around them. We teach them how to participate in the community, team sports, and church programs and even how to conduct themselves in a restaurant. We want children to feel an interdependence, or ability to give and receive from the world around them.

Spiritual Development:
We believe that a child cannot develop holistically without the hope that faith can bring. With guidance and teaching through example, children are encouraged in their daily spiritual growth. Development in this area is unique for each child and decisions are made of their own free will. We provide the fertile ground for seeds of faith to be planted and eventually blossom when they are ready.

OUR TEAM

RICK AND LISA BURSEY
RICK AND LISA BURSEYDirectors
Rick & Lisa (Formerly of Ontario Canada) have spent their lives leading children. Rick is a former youth and children’s worker and entertainer and Lisa is a former public-school teacher with Bachelors degrees in Child Development and Education.
Daniel and Marlen
Daniel and MarlenHarmony House Parents
Daniel and Marlen bring a wealth of experience, understanding, patience, and positive parenting techniques to their home and are great role-models to all of our kids at Possibilities House.
Marta Elena
Marta ElenaSocial Worker
Martha Elena assists our children in developing and maintaining healthy external familial relationships. She connects them to community services and schools and ensures that all governmental requirements are met for each child.
Cesar and Wendy
Cesar and WendySerenity House Parents
Cesar grew up in a children’s home himself and knows all the tricks that little orphan boys like to play. Wendy has great organizational skills and knows how to keep our boys in line! They both have lots of energy and creativity, and are a wonderful addition to our home. It is a joy to watch our boys growing and changing under their parental guidance.
Diana
DianaPsychologist
In order for children to heal, they have to get down to the root of their problems. Diana is gifted in this area and the children totally enjoy their visits with her. They are growing, healing, and seeing their potential in greater ways every day.
Larisa
LarisaOffice Assistant
Larisa keeps our office in order and ensures that we are meeting all of our deadlines for finances and appointments. She is the welcoming voice the public hears when they connect with us.

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Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.   David Platt

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