Some issues are hard to ignore, especially when they keep moving into your heart and home. For my husband, Steve and me, the issue we can’t ignore is children and young adults without stable, trustworthy family. In 2007, when we first entered the foster care/adoption world, we were a small family with one biological daughter. Our reasons for adopting were simple: we wanted to add to our family and our daughter, Kristan, wanted a sister. We had no idea how much our lives were about to change.
Today, we have eight young women who call us mom and dad. They are each unique individuals with beauty, purpose and potential. But they didn’t always believe that about themselves. Six of our daughters have entered our lives between the ages of 11 and 18; each have faced more rejection, abuse and neglect in their lives than any person should. Their stories are heartbreaking.
Through our family’s journey, we’ve discovered a burning passion in our hearts for youth and young adults who have no one to belong to. We’ve experienced first-hand the power of belonging. The simple things like calling home for a recipe, having someone to call when you’ve gotten a speeding ticket, knowing that there’s someone in this world who knows what your favorite meal is and will cook it for you…. every child deserves those things.
The issue of youth and young adults without anyone in their life to lead them, love them, guide them and believe in them is real. We know, it’s moved into our home seven times over and we’re eternally grateful.
Connections Homes is about belonging. Our sons and our daughters deserve to belong to someone – forever.
We can’t tell you how much we appreciate each of you that have said “Yes!” to joining us in this journey. Together, we’re going to change lives forever. We wouldn’t want to do it alongside anyone else.
God Bless You!
Founder & CEO
Board of Directors
Senior Portfolio Manager - Industrial Lead at Lincoln Property Company Atlanta
Joe Thomas, Jr.
President & Managing Member, Five Star Realty Partners, LLC
Co-Founder & Managing Partner - Sourced
CPA & Firm Manager, Worth & Associates
Realtor, BKG Atlanta
Connections Homes Founder & CEO
Chief Commercial Officer at DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Executive Director, Arbor at BridgeMill
Prior to joining Connections Homes, Shane was an entrepreneur in the residential construction industry in Canada and moved to Atlanta in 2011. While in Atlanta, Shane achieved his Class “A” membership with the PGA of America, where he spent five years as a golf instructor and then moved over to a sales position with the PGA TOUR.
He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 21 years and started fostering youth in 2014. It was this passion to work with youth in foster care that eventually brought them to
Connections Homes where Shane became one of the instructors for the mentoring family training sessions and Jennifer joined the Board of Directors.
Connections Homes was founded on Jesus’ words from John 14:18, “I will not leave you alone (comfortless, orphaned), I will come to you.” As an organization, we believe that no one, especially a young person whose life circumstances are no fault of their own, should be alone in life. Our values as an organization move us continually forward in finding loving, lifelong family like relationships for youth who are alone due to broken family systems.
Our values reflect our heart.
We honor God and others by demonstrating lve and compassion in all we say, do and procative as individuals and as an organization.
We empower one another to be the best version of ourselves possible in this world by sharing our experiences and tristing one another with respponsibility and ownership that leads to success.
We practice accountibility by taking ownership & respondibility for our commitments and following through with our actions.
We value relationship with other and acknowledge the omportance of maintaining good relationship through communication, togetherness and mutal respect.
We model transparency in our lives by being upfront and open about our actions, intentions and expectations.