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Children's Receiving Home at Full Capacity

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Carrie Galvez is a mother of three. But at times she feels like she's a mother to more than 17 kids.

"We are their parents. We're showing them healthy choices. Whether it be healthy parenting choices. Healthy eating choices," says Galvez.

She's the director at the Great Galls Children's Receiving Home, an emergency home where children are placed after being abused or neglected before going into foster care.

"Because there's been such a shortage here in our community of foster homes. We are seeing children for much greater lengths of time."

On average her team takes in three kids a month. But now when school's out for the summer the number entering the home spikes. It's currently a full house with 14 kids.

"I can't see it going away. I don't know what's going on in this community right now. I know that there are several indicators. The economy is not the best, we have a huge drug problem. Meth is on the rise," says Galvez. 

Each square footage is being occupied. You would think with 14 kids she would have an army around the clock to shower, take them to and from school and cook.

But they manage to do it all with just two employees on shift.

"So you can kind of equate that to, two parents being at home. And if any two parents had 13, 14 children they'd be extremely overwhelmed. We're no different." 

At full capacity the need is even greater. They are always in need of clothes, food and hygiene products. Galvez says it's a tough job that isn't for everyone.

"You know people ask me how my day was and I could make some people vomit telling them how my days was. The children walk in the door, some of their stories."

But what keeps her going is witnessing the progress the children make. 

"The milestones that you make with these children. The progress. Seeing them when they first come here, they're so afraid and fragile and watching them grow not afraid. And they're embracing you and they feel safe."


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