Author: Kelly Shank

Every year we welcome hundreds of visitors to Dorie’s Promise in Guatemala City. Not only is it home for our children, but it also serves as home base for our short-term missions program. The combination of a private home and missions house is a constant balancing act for our staff. Our priority is always our children, but we also know our missions program offers unique...

During the summer of 2007, we welcomed a very special baby to Dorie’s Promise. Miguel came to our home as a little boy in need of someone who would love him, despite his many medical challenges. Understanding Miguel’s story One of the most difficult parts of our job is the unknown we face. Miguel’s story is full of unknowns. As an infant, he was abandoned at a...

It’s winter in much of the United States and the cold weather might have you dreaming of summer warmth and fun. As you start planning your summer vacation, have you considered visiting Dorie’s Promise this year? Our team and kids would love to see you. Trips for everyone We welcome more than 300 visitors annually through our short-term missions program. With a proven model and full-time staff,...

Joining our team in 2017, Bertha, our Community Project Coordinator, has transformed our already successful short-term missions projects into a sustainable community development program. After our former Missions Director took a position with the United Nations, we reorganized our missions staff to create an opportunity to further elevate our program. Thus, Bertha’s position was designed to manage our relationships and projects, creating a focused and...

January means Back-to-School in Guatemala! Unlike in the United States, most schools in Guatemala run from January through October. While your kids are nearly halfway through their school year, ours are counting down the final days of their break. Individualized education is one of the core elements in our holistic care model. Giving children the opportunity to reach their potential means finding ways for them to...

We believe God calls us to care for Guatemala’s forgotten children, the ones who need someone to love them, protect them, and believe in their potential. While in our home, children become our family and have space and support as they heal from past traumas and dream of the future. Just like our children, we have big dreams too. Will you dream with us in...

Feliz Navidad from the children and staff at Dorie’s Promise. With 40 kids in our home, Christmas is a big deal. There’s lots of shopping to do, gifts to wrap, activities to attend, and special meals to make. In the midst of our Christmas preparation, one thing remains the same each year: we’re committed to celebrating the promises of Christmas and giving our children the opportunity...

For more than a decade, Doc has served as the loving guardian of our children’s health. His care and guidance transform the physical health and lives of our kids. As our children reach adolescence, Doc’s healthcare focus is expanding to ensure our children are prepared to become healthy adults. Celebrating a healthy home Sometimes we take for granted just how lucky we are to have a home...

As we go throughout our normal routines, sometimes we forget how much change we’ve experienced during our time serving in Guatemala. Especially after we transitioned to orphan care, the amount of change witnessed in the lives of the children in our home increased exponentially. No longer temporary caregivers, we are now a family raising amazing children. In February 2009, 7-year-old Aracely carried her infant brother into...

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...