LSM BRICKHOUSE FAMILY MINISTRIES
providing foster care and healing for teen boys in Adams/Wells Co. area
BrickHouse Family Ministries has merged with Loving Shepherd Ministries with a renewed vision to care for vulnerable young men in the foster care system.
We've had the privilege of working with many vulnerable young men over the years. I'm excited to know that the BrickHouse program will continue and even expand into new areas in the coming years. I'm thankful to be a part of this new vision.
We have been praying for an opportunity to expand the number of vulnerable children and families we serve... The opportunity to join the LSM team and combine our efforts is truly an answer to prayers. We are very excited for the new opportunities this will provide, and we are very grateful for all the past and continued support from our community.
It’s been an amazing thing watching God bring these two organizations together. Both Bluffton ministries work with vulnerable young people in an effort to help them reach their God-given potential.
We have been praying for the opportunity to serve vulnerable children more in our local area and feel like God has richly answered those prayers! We’re honored to welcome BrickHouse to the LSM family.
THE HISTORY OF BRICKHOUSE FAMILY MINISTRIES
Starting as a local Bluffton, IN ministry, BrickHouse began serving vulnerable young men through a residential program in 2006. They expanded to two local properties – an intown location used for offices and a school along with a residential home on a fully functioning 40-acre farm and store that contributes to the long-term sustainability of the program. It also provides valuable life skills for the boys living there. Every young man that has come to BrickHouse since the beginning has so far been a private placement.
A RENEWED VISION AS THE LSM BRICKHOUSE PROGRAM
As LSM expands our local reach, we remain committed to our ministry vision to help every child we serve reach their full, God-given potential. We are excited to breathe new life into the valuable foundation that BrickHouse has laid. To that end, we anticipate that the LSM BrickHouse Program will provide:
- Residential family setting care for troubled teen boys hopefully coming to us through the foster care system
- Work opportunities (through LSM BrickHouse Farm)
- Life Skills Training
- Emotional / Trauma Healing
- Discipleship Training
THE LOCAL NEED
When asked about the greatest need in the foster care system in our area, the resounding answer is a need for people to take in teen boys. It is our goal to support experienced foster parents with support so they can take on 4-6 young men at a time from foster care. With plenty of healthy accountability and structure, these young men will be given an incredible opportunity to find healing and tools for their future.
We hope you’re as excited as we are about this new expansion at LSM. As we merge these two ministries, we first ask that you cover this ministry expansion in prayer. Through significant restructuring of BrickHouse and their work, we pray that we could develop the LSM BrickHouse Program into a God-honoring, fruitful ministry that helps vulnerable young people become thriving adults.