The Adullam House, named after the cave where King David of the Old Testament once took refuge, cares for and educates children of incarcerated parents who are, as the website states, “the unseen victims of crime.”
The Adullam House is located on 18 acres of forested land outside of Wetumpka, but the children who live there are from throughout the state. Many of them have mothers who are in the Julia Tutwiler Prison.
The kind-hearted employees at Trinity Christian Academy (TCA), where I work in Oxford, opted to donate money to Abdullam House rather than to spend money on gifts for a dirty Santa game. TCA’s principal Jeff Smith learned that the children living at the house wanted to take a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., rather than receive Christmas presents. An anonymous donor paid for half of the transportation costs, and the donations from TCA teachers will go toward paying the other half. Of course, trip organizers will need to cover other expenses, such as hotel stays and food.
Smith learned about Adullam House when its basketball team signed up to play on TCA team’s basketball schedule. Recently, he organized a special night to honor the visiting team. He knew the bleachers would be mostly empty since the Adullam House players had few fans. He not only encouraged some of the TCA fans to sit and root for the visitors; but he also encouraged TCA students to make posters to welcome the visitors.
The Adullam House, which is directed by Pete and Angela Spackman, has many needs because it receives no government money to rear the children. Except for a core staff of employees, the workers and caregivers are volunteers. Someone donated the land for the house in 1995, and contributions from churches and individuals feed, educate, clothe, and house the children.
As all of us parents and grandparents know, children have many needs beyond those four basics. I was delighted to donate toward the Gatlinburg trip, which will broaden these children’s life experiences.
It is amazing to me that Adullam House supports children with only private donations and volunteers.
“Our volunteers come from all over the world,” said Philip Powell, who handles public relations for Adullam House. “We’ve had caregivers as far away as Australia, Europe, and Ireland. They come as missionaries and work in service to the Lord.”
Also, Powell explained that Adullam House has a program for enlisting community volunteers who come to do specific jobs during the week, such as feed the babies.
Local residents who are interested in donating to the Adullam House may do so by sending checks to P.O. Box 1248, Wetumpka, AL 36092 or go online to donate at www.adullamhouse.org.
After the holidays, some local church groups might want to visit Adullam House to work on construction, to volunteer at their thrift store, or to spend time with the residents. The spirit of the holiday can last not only throughout the year but also throughout a child’s lifetime.
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