07 Oct Table of Grace
Stacy Johnson was 14 when she asked her social worker to be placed in a group home.
It wasn’t a typical request, but Stacy was seeking one thing: consistency.
Stacy was bounced from home to home from the time she went into the system at the age of 2 until she turned 14 and asked her social worker if she could be placed in a group home. Many youth in foster care experience the inconsistency of multiple placements while they are in the system. Stacy decided for herself that the stability of a group home would be better suited for her, regardless of the warnings her social worker gave her of strict rules and guidelines she would have to follow. At 14, she was placed in the group home, and at 16 achieved emancipation from the state of California (declared a legal adult by a court of law).
Stacy is now the founder of Central Texas Table of Grace, a non-profit that provides emergency shelter services to children and youth in the foster care system. The mission at Table of Grace is to provide a nurturing environment that feels like home for displaced children. Stacy knows first-hand how unstable and unpredictable the experience of the system is for youth in foster care, and she seeks to alleviate some of that experience by providing a stable and supportive atmosphere during their time at Table of Grace.
How Stacy’s dream of Table of Grace turned into a reality is truly an amazing story, and one that can only be attributed to God’s handiwork. Members of the Church and faithful business owners came around her to support the actualizing of Table of Grace with donated furniture, building renovation contributions, and other financial support. It was a beautiful picture of the body of Christ bringing Stacy’s vision into a reality.
Scripture reveals to us that God is consistent in his character.
Malachi 3:6 says “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed” and we see again in Hebrews 13:8 that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
We have an opportunity to come alongside people like Stacy, volunteering our time and offering consistent relationships with kids growing up within an inconsistent system. We pray for organizations like Table of Grace to be a picture of the comforting and consistent character of our God, so that children in foster care will find their ultimate hope in the one on whom they can truly rely.
To learn more about Central Texas Table of Grace and read Stacy’s full story, visit: centraltexastableofgrace.org.