Author: Kelly Shank

For 3 weeks every summer board member Cinda Rachor takes over Dorie’s Promise with teams of teenagers from her hometown in Michigan. Our guest houses become a hive of energy and excitement. Originally finding Dorie’s Promise during their adoption* journey, the Rachor family connected with our staff and children during frequent visits with their daughter over a 7 year period. Within a few years, the time...

Children enter our home after enduring a wide range of traumatic experiences. For some, physical abuse, neglect, and poverty consumed their previous lives. Coupled with the loss of their biological families and homes, our children enter care in a fragile emotional state. Trauma affects more than their physical health. Doc and Mirna, our medical staff work diligently to help heal the physical wounds and ailments of...

At the beginning of June, we unexpectedly welcomed baby Ana Sofia into our home. Under normal circumstances, when needs arise the court reaches out to orphanage directors to inquire about placements based on gender, age, and level of care required. (Read more in our post The Path Leading Children to Dories Promise) As you may know, over the last several years we’ve swapped most of our...

Every year hundreds of visitors join our weekly teams at Dorie’s Promise. In addition to caring for the children who live in our home, we’re committed to partnering with local communities to preserve families on the brink of crisis. By working with families, we help prevent even more children from entering orphanages in Guatemala. We believe strong families are the best choice for all children. How...

For the last decade, our sponsors have faithfully supported the children at Dorie’s Promise. We’re excited to announce that our new website and Sponsorship platform are now live! You can now find updated pictures and stories about each of our children on our easy-to-use Sponsor Page. Go ahead, browse the new page. We’ve filled it with new photos and stories for you to enjoy. Why sponsorship matters [caption...

Every year, hundreds of people visit Dorie’s Promise as part of our teams. Although we enjoy everyone who visits, when families serve together, something special happens. This week we want to highlight the Johnson family (Kevin, Debi, Sarah, and Josh) of Michigan. Their First Trip to Guatemala Many years ago, a little girl named Amelia opened the eyes of the Johnson family to both Guatemala and Dorie’s Promise....

We believe God has called us to serve the forgotten children of Guatemala. Within our home, we care for 40 children who were orphaned or abandoned, but there are many more children who need our help as well. What if we could prevent children from entering Guatemala’s orphanages? Although we can’t prevent all vulnerable children from entering orphanages, we can work with families to make a difference....

Have you ever wondered why we call the ladies who work in our homes “Special Mothers”? They are special, and most are mothers, but there is something more to these women. It takes a very special person to care for someone else’s children as if they are your own, and that is what the Special Mothers do for our children. These very special women work alternating days,...

The 2018 mission trip season is quickly approaching at Dorie’s Promise and we’re readying our home for more than 300 visitors. Recently, our staff met to discuss our home, our children, and what we want 2018 to look like at Dorie’s Promise. Mixing the daily needs of 40 children with 300 visitors can be overwhelming to both our staff and kids. Some may wonder why we...

It’s not every week we host a professional baseball player at Dorie’s Promise. So imagine the excitement for our children when New York Yankee’s pitcher Ben Heller visited in December. We caught up with Ben a few weeks ago to follow up on his trip and plans heading into spring training. Ben’s connection to Dorie’s Promise started long before he and his wife, Martha, visited our home...