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When a Child’s Voice Falls on Deaf Ears!

Black Butterfly Books speak to the silence of loss, fight for families, and love for foster children.  As a former foster child, I can remember wondering where to turn or who I could talk to for help and emotional support.  Of course, those closest to me came to mind.  Yet, when my voice fell on deaf ears, I became lost and emotionally detached.  Today, I understand more than ever, that my plight was not uncommon; there are children in foster care who suffer in silence every day.  With the numerous agencies and organizations that exist to support foster care, there may be an assumption that foster children are afforded every opportunity that their biological parents were unable to provide.  Yet, this may be far from true.  In fact, foster children may not know that there are supports that benefit them directly.  Therefore, resources are provided on this website solely for that purpose.  Click on the Resources & Affiliates tab for more information.

Of course, I am only one individual with this great burden that Father God has placed upon my heart.  But, I will not stop!  I will not give up, and I will always care about the foster child and their access to resources or services that positively influence their social and emotional development.  Together, we can make a difference!

To that end, there are a number of facilities and organizations in the State of Michigan that provide emotional and/or physical support to youth.   Black Butterfly Books LLC lists the Ennis Center as one such organization.  The Ennis Center operates weekdays, Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM.  However, days of operation vary as follows: 

  • Port Huron – Monday and Wednesday
  • Detroit – Monday and Wednesday
  • Flint – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Monroe – Tuesday and Thursday
  • Pontiac – Tuesday and Friday
  • Howell – Wednesday and Thursday

When calling the Ennis Center after hours, please refer to the following emergency numbers:

  • Flint
    810-233-4031 (office)
    810-820-1728 (emergency number)
  • Detroit
    313-342-2699 (office)
    313-418-2265 (emergency number)
  • Howell
    517-881-0723 (office)
    517-881-1559 (emergency number)
  • Monroe
    734-349-6546 (office)
    734-349-6030 (emergency number)
  • Pontiac
    248-334-2715 (office)
    248-802-5071 (emergency number)
  • Port Huron
    810-990-1424 (office)
    810-285-5694 (emergency number)

 Click here for more information:  https://www.enniscenter.org/

Kingdom Cliques – Full Synopsis

New Release: Kingdom Cliques is a novel that embodies the climate and culture of Calvary Way Ministries as it relates to raising a standard, dispelling cliques, and cultivating healthy relationships!

Synopsis:

Calvary Way Ministries (CWM) is working toward achieving ministerial goals.  From teaching Christian principles to humanitarian efforts that reach the masses, CWM is growing and moving in the right direction.  With an exceptional team of leaders, focused on advancing the mission of the ministry, strategic efforts are regularly deployed to ensure membership growth, biblical maturation, and financial stewardship.  However, somewhere along the lines, church cliques have developed, conflicts exist, and operations can border on unethical.  Kingdom Cliques speaks to the climate and culture of CWM as it relates to raising a standard, dispelling cliques, and cultivating healthy relationships.


What you don’t know CAN hurt you!

Have you ever heard of the saying, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you?”  Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  If you find yourself in an abusive situation or any situation that violates your personal space, seek shelter and assistance.  As a former foster child, resources were not made available to me nor did I know they existed.   What you don’t know, CAN hurt you!  If you live in the United States, there are 24 hour shelters, counselors, free food, medical assistance, and more.  If you live in a country outside of the United States, contact your local law enforcement agency or human services department.  Your life has value and you have rights!  Don’t spend one more day giving anyone power to take something that doesn’t belong to them.  Take your life back!  Embrace hope and peace of mind!

Giving Back

As a former foster child, I identify with the many challenges that youth face overcoming obstacles related to parental loss, abandonment, self-esteem, and more.  To that end, I’m thankful to have had a foster mother that cared enough to help me get through it.  Today, I give back to youth through mentoring, motivational speaking, and book “giveaways.”  Please visit my Amazon author page for more details on Black Butterfly Books.
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