In the spring of 2009, a small group of people from Emmanuel Free Methodist Church in Alton, Illinois attended a workshop about how the church can respond to the needs of vulnerable children both here and around the world.. At the seminar, this group became aware of the great needs present in the child welfare community as well as the scriptural call on the church to respond. In fact, the Bible mentions care for the vulnerable over 2100 times. A few weeks after the conference, Project 2100 began as Emmanuel’s foster and adoptive ministry.
The first action step was to meet with Madison County DCFS and begin to develop a partnership. Emmanuel sought various ways to support their efforts such as an annual Christmas party, recruiting foster parents, opening a Resource Room with childcare items, and helping to meet specific needs as they arose.
In 2014, DCFS asked the Project 2100 ministry to partner with them and other community organizations in an intense recruiting effort for Madison County foster parents. The county lost over 100 homes in 2013 alone; they were and are in crisis. They simply do not have enough families for the number of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.
As a response to that request, The Restore Network was born. The Restore Network is a Kingdom project of local churches coming together to meet the needs of vulnerable families through the power of the gospel. As a Network, we recruit foster families, adoptive families, and support teams. We currently work in Bond, Madison, and St. Clair counties.