For His Children – Ministry Operations in the United States
Founder and Director
In 1990, Melinda and her husband, Clark, followed a spiritual calling from God to move to Ecuador and “love his people.” Starting as a foster family, For His Children eventually grew to two Homes caring for nearly fifty children at a time. After Clark’s passing in 2012, Melinda has carried on as FHC’s Director, where she maintains and creates vital connections to donors, acts as Board liaison for both the Ecuadorian and American Boards and oversees staff and key decisions on the future of the organization.
Jerry processes all donations made online and by mail and corresponds regularly with donors in response to donations and to assist with the donation process. He handles accounts payable for all expenses and payroll associated with FHC’s US operations and provides required financial reports and records to FHC’s board and accounting professionals to assist them in their work for FHC.
Jennifer has been working at FHC since 2009. Her responsibilities include overseeing international volunteers, planning and coordinating short-term team visits, and fundraising for FHC. Jen also works on the Child Sponsorship program. Jennifer lives on-site at FHC-Quito.
Development and Communications Coordinator
Rachel comes to FHC with a B.S. degree in Psychology from Bluefield College and years of non-profit experience. Rachel has a heart for orphaned and vulnerable children and feels honored to work for an organization such as FHC. She is excited to be part of communications and development for FHC and hopes to grow continued momentum and support for the organization. Rachel resides in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Development and Communications
From a young age, Megan had a dream to work with orphaned children in South America. In October 2015, she came to Ecuador as an International Volunteer and fell in love with the mission, children and staff of FHC. Megan has a B.S. degree in Business Administration and has worked in business development, human resources and event planning. She’s very excited to use her experience in business to continue sharing the mission and vision of FHC. Megan resides in Ecuador, onsite at FHC.
Hogar Para Sus Niños – Ministry Operations in Quito, Ecuador
Veronica’s office is the nerve center of the ministry. She began working at FHC in 1999 as a secretary, and her organizational and people skills quickly distinguished her as the ideal person to supervise the office staff, caregivers and other employees. She now handles the labor, legal and financial responsibilities of the homes in Ecuador as well.
Pilar began working at FHC in 2006. She handles more of those details that drive everyone crazy, but which are so important for the efficiency and effectiveness of FHC’s care of the children. She coordinates our national volunteer program, answers the phones and responds to general inquiries; she assists with ordering and purchasing, she performs general secretarial responsibilities as well as helping with coordinating schedules and organizing staff.
Sandra joined our team in 2011. Her responsibilities include promoting family reunification or adoption, writing social reports, doing home visits, and investigating each child’s case.
Marlene began working at the home in 2004. She handles payroll and oversees all of our donations and expenses. Marlene also helps to organize each child’s baby book – a photo album that each child receives when he is adopted or reunited with his birth family.
Alexandra has worked at the home since January 2014 as our Child Psychologist in Quito. She conducts a psychological evaluation of the children when they arrive and works with them throughout their time in our care. Her responsibilities include helping children to adjust to their new environment, conducting rehabilitative therapy to help them overcome past traumas and preparing them for family reunification or adoption. She also works with our pre-school teacher, Lorena and the tías to develop fun activities to aid the children’s development and education.
Tania manages communications and development within Ecuador. She creates quarterly newsletters, coordinates and arranges visits by local and national media and manages local volunteers. She is also in charge of the Ecuadorian child sponsorship program and other fundraisers held throughout the year.
Lorena has been with us since September 2010. She is responsible for organizing and implementing the curriculm and monitoring the progress for all of the younger children at Casa Harlow in Quito. Some of the things Lorena works on with the children include identifying objects in different environments, learning letters, numbers, colors, sizes and shapes, and doing fine motor skill tasks such as stringing beads and sorting objects to develop the children’s coordination.
Juan Carlos Cajo
Juan Carlos has been the Physical Therapist for the home in Quito since 2009. Juan Carlos evaluates each child in terms of their physical development, and designs a program that sets out goals and a plan to reach them. He provides therapy for those children who need extra encouragement and trains and supervises the Tías and other volunteers and staff to enable them to support and reinforce the therapy treatment plan.
Alfredo has been working at at the home since 2006. His responsibilities include ensuring security of the home in Quito, general maintenance and upkeep of the grounds, and transportation.
Hogar Para Sus Niños – Ministry Operations in Latacunga, Ecuador
Elizabeth oversees the care of the children, staff and operations at the home in Latacunga. Her career with the ministry started in 2007 when she was hired as a Tía. In 2009, her co-workers gave her their vote of confidence and she was promoted to Administrator at FHC-Latacunga, and is under Verónica’s guidance. She supervises the children’s medical appointments, the preschool and other support staff in Latacunga, as well as representing HPSN in the community.
Margarita works closely with Elizabeth to help keep the Home in Latacunga running smoothly. She schedules and coordinates transportation for medical and other appointments, handles purchasing for medicines, food and other goods for the Home and keeps the records in Latacunga up-to-date.
Jenny is our tutor for Wilma (age 9), Jofre (age 7) and Xavi (age 6), who have normal intelligence but are physically disabled due to cerebral palsy. In addition to conducting lessons five days a week, Jenny also accompanies each student one day a week to the local elementary school, where the students are partially integrated, to act as an aide.
Ana started working in August 2014. Her responsibilities include keeping an eye on all the children, their development, behavior, adaptation to the new home environment, etc. When necessary, she evaluates the children for their legal proceedings. Preparing the children for family reunification or adoption and supporting this process is a very important part of her job. Of course she is also close by when a new child arrives at the home. She helps organize age-appropriate activities and outings for the children, as well.
Special Education Teacher
Sol comes twice a week and designs activities, outings and stimulation to benefit and educate our students with intellectual disabilities. In addition to her work as a talented and patient special ed teacher, Sol has another skill she shares with our children – she is an outgoing entertainer and has helped choreograph and perform several dances and plays at our Open Houses, Christmas parties and other functions.
Walter has worked at the home since 2006. He is the first to arrive every morning, and ensures that equipment, machines, pumps, generators, etc. are all working. He does minor maintenance on the buildings and equipment when needed, all the while keeping an eye on the main gate. He provides transportation for the home, driving the children to school, taking the Tías grocery shopping, running miscellaneous errands, and keeps the grounds looking clean and neat.
Hogar Para Sus Niños – Ministry Operations in Latacunga, Ecuador
The homes’ caregivers, or tías, as they are affectionately called in Spanish, are a hard-working group of women of all ages, each caring for a small group of up to five children. The Tías become “moms” to the children and they do everything a mom does and more. Approximately 30 tías are on the schedule at the Quito and Latacunga homes. They work scheduled shifts and are part of our paid staff.
In addition to caring for the children, just like a normal homemaker, the tías have other responsibilities. The tías accompany the children to medical and therapy appointments, school meetings, sometimes taking the children to court appointments with the social worker, and yes, even on outings and trips around town that provide for some variation in the day to day life at the homes. After the children are asleep, the tías prepare the next day’s meals, and make sure the home is clean and organized. FHC’s tías are a unique and important part of the care we provide for the children in our programs.
Tías in Quito:
- Norma Cartagena
- Enma Espinoza
- Jacuqeline Guzmán
- Gladys Imbaquingo *
- Elsa Morocho
- Maritza Palma *
- Ana Perugachi
- Sandra Rosero
- Sonia Toaquiza
- Alicia Tutillo *
- Nancy Uzho *
- Mercedes Valencia
- Helga Valenzuela
- Carmen Zeidan
- Jenny Jaramillo
- Angela Gaviria
- Nancy Calvache
Tías in Latacunga:
- Mónica Bonilla
- Verónica Bonilla
- Ana Chancusig
- Clara Chicaiza
- Martha Logroño *
- Patricia Noroña *
- Mercedes Simaluisa *
- Deisy Toaquiza
- Miriam Toaquiza
- Diana Tubon
- Lourdes Yánez
- Mariana Yánez
- Maria Alpusig
- Ruth Acero
*In FHC’s Tía Sponsorship Program