“Sing to God…and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” -Psalm 68:4-5
The Heart for the Fatherless resource closet at Arapaho Road Baptist Church serves foster and adoptive families from anywhere in and around the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, offering kids clothes from size preemie to 16, shoes, toys, baby equipment, and small furniture.
Heart for the Fatherless – Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is allowed to utilize the Heart for the Fatherless resource closet? Is it limited to members of Arapaho Road Baptist Church?
No! The resource closet is a ministry to the foster and adoption community in and around Dallas/Ft. Worth and is open to anyone who is involved in foster and adoption. Currently over 40 local agencies refer people to this ministry.
From where do you receive your resources?
Our donations arrive through a variety of sources including local children’s consignment stores as well as through individuals with a heart for foster and adoptive families and children. A team of volunteers works hard to check all donations for cleanliness and to make sure they are categorized and are in good working order. Our stock constantly is growing and changing. We literally receive a new truck load of donations every week!
How much does it cost to “shop” in the resource closet?
There is no cost to shop the resource closet. Any clothing and items are available to you free of charge. We only ask that when you are finished with the items you received that they not be sold. Rather, please donate them to someone else who is in need.
When is the resource closet open? Do you have regular hours?
While the resource closet is available 24/7 for emergency placements, our regular hours are Thursdays from 9:30am – 12:30pm, and second Saturdays from 12:00pm – 3:30pm. Other hours of access are by appointment.
Do I have to be involved in foster and adoption to donate to the resource closet?
Baby and children’s items in very good to excellent condition, without stains, tears, missing pieces, or excess wear, always are welcome. Please drop off any such donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-12:30pm and/or on the second Saturday of the month from 12:00pm-3:30pm. What We Need: pack and plays, bumbo seats, diapers, wipes, double/triple strollers, like-new shoes, cribs, exersaucers, jumperoos, non-expired car seats, bassinets, gift cards, etc.
Where is the resource closet located?
We are located at Arapaho Road Baptist Church, 2256 Arapaho Road, Garland, Texas 75044 about a mile south of 190 George Bush Turnpike and Holford Road.There are four church buildings on the campus. The resource closet is located in the main worship center (with the steeple). Park in front and then walk down the middle drive on the right side of the building to the unlocked doors under the portico. We’re easy to find once you get inside. If the outer door is closed when you arrive, call or text the phone number on the board outside the door.
I still have some questions. Who should I contact?
Please contact one of the Heart for the Fatherless resource closet directors, Launa Araujo. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there a Heart for the Fatherless facebook page?
You also might consider sending a request to join our Closed Group, “Shopper Page For The Heart for the Fatherless Closet,” which is limited to individuals and families who either already are involved with, or who are waiting for placements/matches related to, foster and adoption.
We would be driving from far away. Do you have any examples of the types of items we might see in the resource closet?
While our stock constantly is changing, here are some examples of items you would commonly would find in the Heart for the Fatherless resource closet at Arapaho Road: