Orphan World Relief | Non-Profits of Columbus, Ohio

One orphan is one orphan too many…
By inspiring and connecting passionate people like you, we’re making a impact by working to meet the real needs of kids around the world. We do this through a variety of programs locally and abroad. With your help, together we can make a difference.

What We Do

At Orphan World Relief, we build strong partnerships with churches, businesses, other nonprofit organizations, and people just like you to help:

  • Children in Crisis including those living as orphans and refugees Learn More
  • Kids entering foster care for the first time through our My Comfy Kits program Learn More
  • Older children in our program Foster to Adult that provides support for kids aging out of the foster care system Learn More

Together we can make a difference

Our Story

Orphan World Relief was founded in 2008 after President, Doug Riggle, experienced first-hand the needs of homeless and orphaned children in Ukraine. Upon returning to the states, further research shed light on the global crisis and the millions of orphaned and at-risk children around the world.

What started as an organization designed to help well-run programs in other countries financially has since blossomed into an organization that understands the needs of children in the U.S and around the globe while helping educate people on the needs these kids are dealing with everyday. #hopechangeseverything

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Our Programs

By inspiring and connecting passionate people like you, we’re making a impact by working to meet the real needs of kids around the world. We do this through a variety of programs locally and abroad. With your help, together we can make a difference.

Foster to Adult

Through no fault of their own, every year more than 20,000 young men and women turn 18 and age out of the foster care system. At Orphan World Relief we’re working to create a holistic program to help these young men and women have a better chance for success in life.
Smiling Orphan Boy with Backpack

My Comfy Kits

Entering foster care is a scary experience for children regardless of their age. We provide backpacks filled with age-appropriate items for children from 9 months of age to 16 to help ease the pain of transition. Children don’t choose to be in foster care. We seek to help them find hope in and through it.

Smiling Orphan Boy with Backpack

Children in Crisis

In addition to providing financial support, we work with international programs supporting orphans and refugees to help them with the basic needs of good food, a safe place to live, life skills, and an education. No matter where a child is from, they have intrinsic value and worth.

Meet The OWR Team

Kim | Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Kim provides oversight for the administrative operation for Orphan World Relief. She works with the board of directors to ensure we’re well-equipped to meet the organization’s goals. Kim is an mother of 3 with a background in creative solutions and digital renovation for companies with a mission for child advocacy. 

 

Mary Jo | Foster to Adult Director

As the Director of Foster to Adult, Mary Jo provides connection and administrative oversight for foster care support services to teens and young adult aging out of foster care in Ohio. Mary Jo is a licensed foster parent and mother of five children. She is a strong advocate for children and families impacted by foster care and adoption.

Lindsay | Relations/Project Director

As Relations/Project Director, Lindsay works with our team to assist with events and major projects. In addition, she will be working directly with our donors, to help you stay connected to the impact your partnership is making around the world in bringing hope. Lindsay is helping our OWR Ambassadors make the world a better place for kids in hard places.

Jonica | My Comfy Kits Director

As the Director of My Comfy Kits, Joni provides administrative oversight for the My Comfy Kits volunteers and ensures the warehouse has proper supplies to complete kits for all the ages we deliver kits to. We are currently serving 17 foster care agencies across the state. Joni is passionate about advocating for children entering the scary and uncertain world of foster care

Karen | Office Manager

As the Office Manager, Karen is the Office Manager and helps keeps the office running at OWR. She has a degree in Library Science
from Kent State and a background in community health education. She has a passion for connecting people
with the resources, information and services to meet the need of the moment. 

How to Help Kids in Foster Care

My Comfy Kits

Help us provide backpacks for kids entering foster care.

There are approximately 415,000 children in the foster system across the United States on any given day. More than 12,500 of those children are in Ohio.

Entering foster care is a scary experience for children regardless of their age. 

We provide foster and adoption support services by strengthening children’s connections to family and community resources.​

  • ​Orphan World Relief sees this as an opportunity to provide comfort, dignity and love to these kids. With your support, we provide backpacks – My Comfy Kits – filled with age-appropriate items to help ease the pain of transition.
      • In 2016: 133 kits made
      • In 2017: 593 kits made
      • In 2018: 884 kits made
      • In 2019: 1,080 kits made
      • In 2020: 462 kits made
      • In 2021: 281 kits made
      • In 2022: 180 kits made

    How Can You Get Involved

    1. ​Pray – for the children receiving these Comfy Kits that they may feel loved and cared for.
    2. Advocate – tell your friends, family and other organizations about the mission of My Comfy Kits and host a donation drive for needed items, or volunteer to help stuff Comfy Kits.
    3. Give – drop off needed items (see our list below) or make a financial donation.

    If you have any questions or want to get involved, please contact Jonica Graves, the My Comfy Kits Program Director, at joni@orphanworldrelief.org.

    My Comfy Kits Near You!

    My Comfy Kits currently operates in three areas. For more information, contact the program volunteer nearest to you:

    Fayette County, Ohio – Melinda Underwood

    ​Franklin County, Ohio – Jonica Graves
    (also Program Manager for the My Comfy Kits Program in the United States)

    ​Stark County, Ohio – Amy Reveal

    Aging Out of Foster Care

    Foster to Adult

    Through no fault of their own, every year more than 20,000 young men and women turn 18 and age out of the foster care system.

    Their prospects for a good life are slim. Look at some of the statistics:

    • ​Less than half were employed at age 23
    • ​More than two-thirds of the young women have children.
    • Nearly 60 percent of the males have been convicted of a crime.
    • Almost a quarter were homeless at some point after leaving foster care.

     

    Our Response
    At Orphan World Relief we’re working to create a holistic program to help these young men and women have a better chance for success in life including:

    • Career Support – with career counselors, help former foster kids learn how to apply for jobs, write resumes, keep a job and learn to grown into a career. We’re partnering with local businesses willing to take a chance on hiring them while also creating opportunities – our hope is to open a coffee shop staffed by young men and women from the foster care system.
    • Life Skills – to help them succeed as adults, life skills, including: budgeting, banking, shopping, cooking…etc. are essential for a successful life as an adult.
    • Family Mentoring – by partnering with families in local churches, we hope to find some special families to help teach these young men and women what a family is supposed to be – while not perfect – will help them stop the cycle that put them into the system.

    To learn more about the program’s progress, contact Mary Jo, Director of Foster Support Services

    Helping Children Around the Globe

    Children in Crisis

    The majority of our effort is dedicated to providing financial support to orphans and at-risk children around the globe. Our current reach allows us to help children from five different countries and three continents.

    In addition to providing financial support, we work with orphanages and other organizations to help them become more self-sufficient in consistently providing children with the basic needs of good (nutritional) food, a safe place to live and an education.

    Casa Hogar Vida | Honduras

    Born from a dream of wanting to help children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, Casa Hogar Vida (CHV) has transformed into two fully operational family homes. Children that have been abandoned or have been orphaned due to AIDS find refuge here, where a team of people are ready to help in a family home setting. Currently we have 2 houses, a male and female house, where children live with an on sight caregiver, are enrolled in school and receive spiritual guidance from the team at CHV.

    The Harbor | Russia

    The Harbor helps orphaned teens build character and become contributing members of society. Its two-year program provides housing and trains orphans in the core areas of education, vocational training, and basic life skills while providing counseling and spiritual formation.

    Montaña de Luz | Honduras

    When it was initially founded in 2001, there were no HIV meds available in Honduras and MdL opened its doors as a hospice to provide a comfortable place for young people to pass. After medication became available in 2003, MdL was able to transform into a loving home for youth living with HIV. Today, they provide family-based care to youth and families impacted by HIV, while focusing on decreasing HIV stigma and discrimination.

    Relief Efforts for Refugees

    The refugee crisis across the globe continues to increase and children are at the heart of our efforts. Currently support goes to help refugees in a refugee camp in Iraq. When it opens up, we’ll also be working to support refugees as a result of the war in Ukraine.

    Jeremiah's Hope | Ukraine

    Ukrainian orphans face many obstacles, including rejection, abandonment and abuse. Jeremiah’s Hope has a great mission – to share God’s hope and provide practical help with orphans and at-risk youth in Ukraine. It invests in each orphans spiritual, emotional and physical needs, while guiding them to become productive citizens in their home country.

    Children's Development Center | Honduras

    Children’s Development Center helps malnourished and at-risk children by providing one meal and snack a day, help with homework and most importantly spiritual guidance. Due to pandemic restrictions, children are not coming daily, so we check in with the families at least once a month in person, making sure contact info is up to date, weighing and measuring the children and giving out provisions that can last the family up to 15 days.

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    Wherever you may be on your philanthropic journey, our passion is to empower you to leave a global  giving lecacy that impacts at minimum – 1,000 children’s lives in crisis.  The world may not care about the lives of orphans, but we know You + OWR = the power to change their future. Start the journey today.

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