Keep Family Together: Alva

More than 700 children in the Oklahoma Foster Care system are currently separated from their siblings.

Alva First United Methodist Church has formed a committee to help develop one sibling foster home in Woods County. Just since September 17, 2017, the committee has secured a land donation from a member, volunteered a member to act as the on-site project manager, secured matching funds for construction, and enlisted several church and community groups for discipleship support. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018. Congratulations, Alva First UMC!

Alva First United Methodist Church

Church lunch to hear about the need for sibling homes.

Presentation by Don Batson, Circle of Care CEO (Left) and Ed Sutter, church member at  Alva First UMC (Right)

For more information: contact Sarah Steffes at or 405-215-1400

You O Lord, wake the sun to begin each day and darken the ski when it is time for rest. Your wings surround us with all that is good and shield us from evil’s fury. Speak to us now of the goodness you have placed in our pockets, hands, and under our feet. Outline for us the work that Jesus needs us to do in this place. We are here to praise you, O Holy One! We love you. We are listening. Amen.

UPDATE 1/31/18: Alva First UMC members, Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation staff, and Circle of Care staff joined together in a groundbreaking ceremony on January 31, 2018, for the first home of the Legacy of Care sibling foster home project. The site was blessed by Bishop James Nunn of the Oklahoma Methodist Conference with a prayer by Dr. Carol Cook Moore, Alva First UMC pastor, and scripture reading by Don Batson, Circle of Care CEO.
Construction is expected to be complete Summer 2018. 
June 2018 Update

Update 9/18/18: Circle of Care sincerely thanks Alva United Methodist Church and surrounding community for their outstanding support and teamwork in completing the FIRST of 8 Legacy of Care sibling homes. A foster family has been identified and will move into the Vera Mae Home soon! 

Please continue to watch this website for updates on the others sites. To donate to the Legacy of Care Campaign, please click HERE.  Thank you for your interest and support in keeping siblings together!!”