Author: Kelly Shank

Every child at Dorie’s Promise was created with unique gifts, amazing abilities, and the opportunity to be wildly successful. But, it can be really hard for them to believe in a successful future because they’ve endured a really painful past. Much like you do for your children, our job as the adults entrusted with their care is to guide and support them as they navigate their childhood and prepare for the...

Memorial Day weekend and the end of school in the United States mark the start of our summer missions season at Dorie’s Promise. Each summer approximately 300 visitors from all over the United States and Canada descend on our guest house over the course of ten weeks. Our staff is working hard right now to prepare our guest house, organize schedules, and prioritize community projects...

With 40 kids, our activity calendar is quite busy. We have kids in multiple activities on most days and find ourselves spending a lot of time in our van. It’s just like your day, with a few more kids. Very early on we decided our kids deserved the best family environment we could provide. The effects of institutionalized care are long-lasting and often impede a child’s ability to develop...

Just over two years ago, Flor and her brother came to Dorie’s Promise. We’ve been impressed repeatedly since then by her strength, poise, and intelligence. Flor is a young woman who will definitely make an impact on the world. Flor and Mateo’s story is slightly different than the others in our home. Prior to joining us, a Guatemalan family had begun the process to adopt the...

Many people may be surprised to discover that most of the children at Dorie’s Promise have at least one living biological parent. In reality, we’re a home for orphaned and abandoned children, as well as foster children. Understanding why so many children enter Guatemala’s family court system requires an honest look at poverty’s effects on families. In our home and in the communities we serve, we...

With 40 children in our home, it’s easy to be overwhelmed at times by the immediate needs of our children. Forty children create a lot of dirty clothes, eat a lot of food, and have a lot of homework. Recently, we received a letter from a former resident of Dorie’s Promise and were reminded of how important our work is to the children in our care. Marbelly Marbelly...

For 19 years, we have cared for the children of Guatemala and helped unite them with loving families. Although our deepest desire is for each child to find a home with a loving family, transitions are both happy and sad. We are joyful for the future our children will have, but sad over the loss we feel in our home. Over the last 2 months, 3...

For 14 years, Alejandra Diaz has served the children of Dorie’s Promise and helped shape our vision for orphan care and orphan prevention. Her dedication has created a home where children feel loved and are given support as they heal and thrive. During her tenure, Alejandra has witnessed major changes within our home and the family court system in Guatemala. During her first 3 years, our...

An unexpected turn of events brought the team from Interstate Batteries back to Dorie’s Promise last November. We enjoy the opportunity to host teams of all varieties, most of which include families or church groups. We were especially excited for the opportunity to experience the dynamic brought by a team of coworkers. A Little History Serving others is one of the foundational values at Interstate Batteries. For...

At Dorie’s Promise, the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” comes to life. During a recent visit, Marcos, one of our staff members, perfectly described what this proverb means in our home. Our village stretches from Guatemala to America and beyond, including thousands of people dedicated to the children of Dorie’s Promise. Marcos is an amazing team member—hardworking, dependable, honest, and dedicated...