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.Melinda currently lives in Navarre, Florida.
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. Jerry lives in Evergreen, Colorado.
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.
International Ministries Coordinator
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 International Ministries Assistant
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 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.
Cinthia serves as our Speech Therapist in Quito and began working at FHC in 2016. She works one one one with the children in Quito who are delayed in their speech development.
Assistant to the Director
Vanessa works closely with Veronica to help keep the Home in Quito running smoothly. She aids in human resources, handles purchasing medicines, food and other goods for the Home, keeps the records in Quito up-to-date and much more.
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.
Ana Maria Navas
Ana started working in August 2014 and serves as our Clinical Psychologist. Ana works with the families of the children living at FHC to help them overcome obstacles in their lives so that they can be reunified with their children. She reports to the courts on her work with the families as they make decisions on behalf of the children at FHC.
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.
Special Education Teacher
Diana is our special education teacher. In addition to conducting lessons four days a week, Diana also accompanies a few of the children one day a week to the local elementary school, where the students are integrated within a regular classroom to help with social skills.
Angélica began working at FHC in July 2015. She assists Marlene with the bookkeeping for both homes in Quito and Latacunga. She helps with payroll and management of the accounting software.
Communications and Development Coordinator
Verónica began working for FHC in 2015. She works to promote FHC within Ecuador through special campaigns, social media, and community events. She also works to create events and projects within Ecuador to raise funds for FHC.
Paola has been with FHC since May 2016 and serves as our Social Worker in Latacunga. Her responsibilities include conducting home visits, aiding families with court reunification orders and supervising family visits to FHC. She also reports to the courts on the progress of each child and family to aid in their decisions.
Hector serves as our Speech Therapist in Latacunga and began working at FHC in June 2016. He works one on one with the children in Lataunga who are delayed in their speech development.
Jenny began working for FHC in August 2016 and serves as our Clinical Psychologist. Jenny works with the families of the children living at FHC to help them overcome obstacles in their lives so that they can be reunified with their children. She reports to the courts on her work with the families as they make decisions on behalf of the children at FHC.
Ana began working at FHC in July 2016 as our Child Psychologist in Latacunga. 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.
Fernanda began working for FHC in February 2016. She helps manage human resources by keeping personnel files up to date and assists in general office functions such as answering phones, ordering supplies, and managing inventory. She also helps with reporting and filing that must be completed for permits and licensing associated with the home.
Christina serves as the Physical Therapist for the home in Latacunga. Christina evaluates each child in terms of their physical development, and designs a program that sets out goals and a plan to reach them. She 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.
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:
- Mónica Buse
- Maratha Gualpa
- Marisol Gavilanes
- Katty Gavilanes
- Gladys Imbaquingo
- Sandra Rosero
- Jimena Taco
- Clara Tutillo
- Nancy Calvache
- Rosa Ganán
- Marcia Guamán
- Maritza Palma
- Alicia Tutillo
- Nancy Uzho
- Mercedes Valencia
- Ivon Valenzuela
- Ana Perugachi
- Jacqueline Gaona
- Margarita Rosero
- Yugsi Carmen
Tías in Latacunga:
- Ángela Acero
- Paula Acosta
- Alexandra Alpusig
- Mónica Bonilla
- Verónica Bonilla
- Lucia Caiza
- Blanca Changalomo
- Amanda Chiliquinga
- Susan Chiliquinga
- Liliana Diaz
- Narcisa Guamán
- María Guamangate
- Iveth Guanolusa
- Mayra Guanolusa
- Janeth Jácome
- Martha Longroño
- Zoila Montoya
- Patricia Noroña
- Isabel Pincha
- Valeria Quintero
- Mercedes Simaluisa
- Miriam Toaqiza
- Deisy Toaquiza
- Lourdes Yánez
- Mariana Yánez