YES, LORD! I will take care of the children! This was how Idotress Joseph responded when God laid on her heart a deep love for foster children. She abruptly quit her job as a Marketing Manager/Purchaser to follow the leading of the Lord. After much needed preparation and training, Elias and Idotress Joseph open their foster group home on July 1, 1991. They served as foster parents to adjudicated youth for seven years and cared for over 57 children. During those seven years, God showed favor to the Josephs and revealed to them not only the needs of the foster children but also the physical necessities of the community at large that were going unfulfilled. The Care Givers Ministry was born to respond to these specific community needs.
After leaving the foster care system, God continued to bless the Care Givers Ministry by providing the items to be donated and/or supplying the money to buy them. Elias and Idotress forged alliances with several charitable entities to distribute household items via organizations such as the Society for Volunteer Women Ministries founded by Mother Thelma O. Wright in 1972. Several successful drives were launched to help the people of God. Here is a synopsis of the organization current and past mission drives:
2010-200 Barrels for Haiti: CCEE is partnering with the Global Aid Network (GAIN) to reach the people of Haiti. Container Drop-off Site: 5950 Derry Street Shiloh Church of God in Christ, Harrisburg PA 17111. Collections: Every Saturday 8:00am until noon from September 4th through November 13, 2010.
2009-Fresh Air Students Tour: Five impoverished students from Chicago IL, had an all expense seven day tour of Pennsylvania, Washington DC, and New York City. They arrived with clothing for one day only and returned with new luggage filled with their necessities, desires, and blessings. They also received a shipment of goods (the first of the five students graduated as a Respiratory Therapist in May 2010).
2008- The Barrel Effect: Twelve, 55-gallon barrels containing 4800lbs. of beans and rice were sent to Haiti after the 2008 hurricanes, typhoons and floods; this food was donated by churches and community members.The Barrel Effect Phase II ($1500.00 Project) Delivered a van load of can goods and non-perishable items to a local church in Steubenville, Ohio which sponsors and ongoing feeding program at the local YWCA. A monetary donation was given to purchase perishable items such as meat.
2001-Toiletry Drive: Items were sent to Haiti W.I., Africa, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania missions.
2000-Wolfgang Candy Sale: Project supplied scholarships in the amount of $1,500.00 for two single mothers attending the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC).
1999-1998-Project Sweatshirt: Camp Curtain school children in severe need received new sweatshirts.
1991-1998, The Founders, Joseph family, housed 57 plus foster children for the Bair Foundation and Dauphin County Children and Youth and started their home and foreign missions on a case-by-case basis with the aid of faith-based and community member donations.
1988-1990, The Founders, Joseph family touching lives by personally supplying food clothing, and even shelter to those in need.
2007- 2008-Build Your Own: Computer Camp (Impoverished youth spent five for days and four nights at computer camp and took home a refurbished computer and knowledge on how to repair and upgrade computers.
2002-2006-Warm a Child, Warm a Heart: Donations of 15,700 sets of new hats and gloves were donated to schools in Harrisburg; they were given to students before Christmas break and wrapped as Christmas gifts.
Elias and Idotress met in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, where both were volunteering at the Christian Haitian Outreach under the leadership of Mother Eleanor Workman. Elias was acting as an Orphanage Adoption Liaison and Idotress was a Preschool Teacher and all around Missionary. The orphanage had the capability to feed over 2000 people on Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. They have been married for almost seventeen years now. Joy Joseph is their only child. Elias refers to her as “my miracle daughter.”
On October 2, 2002, following ten years of community missions, Elias and Idotress decided to make Care Givers Ministry a legal entity under the new name of Care Givers Community Focus (CGCF) to continue their ministry to help the world . . . one person at a time (CGCF means Church, God, Community, and Family).
During the incorporation stage years later, the name (CGCF) was changed to Church and Community Empowering Enterprises Inc. (CCEE) to reflect the Joseph family broader vision. On June 4, 2009, CCEE attained its 501c3 non-profit status to continue its mission of serving humanity stateside and abroad. The organization is empowered by volunteers and charitable people just like you.
FOUNDERS IN BRIEF
Elias and Idotress Joseph
Elias and Idotress Joseph have been married for 24 years. Combined, they have over 60 years of Christian service stateside and abroad.
Elias is a graduate of CROWN FINANCIAL MINISTRIES in “Managing Money God’s Way.” He was certified in Dallas, TX, in 2007 to teach money management in 234 countries under the Crown.Org banner. Presently, Elias works for the Office of the Budget as an Assistant Director in the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) section. Elias holds a B.A. Degree in Organizational Management, a B.S. in Civil Engineering, an MBA in Computer Systems/Internet Commerce. He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Religious Studies.
Idotress is a full-time Evangelist who crisscrosses the country to preach the WORD of God in season and out of season. Her motto is to save the lost at any cost. Idotress is the holder of a BS in Applied Psychology and possesses a Master degree in Human Services and a Master Degree in Christian Ministry. Evangelist Idotress is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Christian Ministry.
Idotress Joy Joseph (or Joy Joseph as she prefers to be called) is a student at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. She is majoring in Exercise Science and intends to pursue a career in Public Health.She is looking forward to graduating this coming spring (2013). She is currently looking into obtaining her Master's degree in Public Health. Joy loves working for Greenwood County Veterans Affairs Office. She also enjoys helping her parents with their ministry between her diligent studies.