Kids in Distress — A Program of Love and Hope

Ian Saunders (child) standing at Kids In Distress entrance signOn November 15, the Pan-Methodist Commission visited an exciting program in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that focuses on neglected, abused, and abandoned children and their at-risk families. The program is called “Kids in Distress” (KID). Commission members were amazed at the array of both preventive and intervention programs that protect children.

The five-acre campus of KID has a dental clinic, preschool and afterschool programs, shelter, family counseling center, and many other programs. The campus is a stimulating environment with murals, positive messaging to children on the walls, multiple types of recreational equipment, clean grounds and freshly painted buildings, and a friendly staff that interacts with children with compassion.

Commission members believe that KID is an exemplary program that can inform and inspire initiatives for children in other communities. This Campaign website is therefore featuring KID by providing its Annual Report which presents stories of the children served, the history of KID, and program descriptions.

Download the full PDF 2011 Annual Report of Kids in Distress: Practical Visionaries for Our Children’s Futures.


Visit the 'Be Involved' page to see how congregations and annual conferences are reporting on their faith in action for children in poverty.


Reading the Campaign booklet is a first step for becoming familiar with this initiative. It offers information and resources to encourage your activism. It can be viewed and downloaded at The Campaign page.

We hope that you will contribute information about your work with children. Descriptions of your ministries will be helpful to others who want to deepen their involvement to care for children in poverty.

You can influence the Campaign’s effectiveness.  Be involved.  Offer your ideas.  Encourage others.

Trusting in God, we dare to envision a world in which every child experiences love, care, and hope. Together we can be the difference in the lives of children in poverty.


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