House Parents are, as the title suggests, acting as the parents to the children when they are here at the Mission. Each house has its own schedule, engaging the students in activities that suit that particular house the best. A rule of thumb is that what might work well with the boys, does not necessarily mean it will work as well with the girls, so house-parents create their own unique atmosphere and daily programs and activities. A normal day for either house consists of chores, making sure kids complete their homework, Bible readings and passive activities like art, crafts and board-games. Evenings may be laid back and relaxing, or houses will experience more physical, energy-draining fun like hide n' seek, outside hikes, treasure hunts, kickball in the gym, etc. What is gratifying to know is that in many instances, our children take back a little (and sometimes more) of what they have been taught in the way of Bible readings and lessons, to the Reservation with them; sharing Christian taught ideals to their siblings, family and others on the Reservation.
Jeff & Jeanne Curtis
Jeff & Jeanne Curtis
Jeff is a 1989 graduate of Johnson Bible College and has served in churches as Youth, Associate and Sr. Minister positions in churches in Indiana, Georgia and Virginia. Jeff served as Minister of Community Christian Church in Dublin, VA for the last 5 1/2 years. Jeanne served as Children's Minister at the same church for two years. Jeff and Jeanne have always wanted to devote their lives to full time missions and after a mission trip to AICM for their 20 year wedding anniversary, they fell in love with the mission of AICM and with the Native American people. They recently accepted the position for the girls dorm parents at AICM (started in Sept.) and they hope to show the girls Jesus in a deeper way.
I am in my fourth year as the boy’s house parent at the American Indian Christian Mission. Some of the boys in my care have been here for three years, with the rest now starting their second year at the school and in the boy’s dorm. Before coming to AICM, I worked for over 3 years with men that had drug and alcohol addictions. Prior to that I was a national speaker, filmmaker and educator on the subject of school bullying. I’ve also been a feature documentary filmmaker, a radio announcer, a published film critic and I worked with court-ordered children in residential care for 12 years. Combined I now have 17 years experience working with children in residential care. I have seen a lot of growth in the boys I have worked with, and not just physically, but academically, emotionally and spiritually. Some boys have done dramatic turn-arounds both academically and in their behavior at school in the dorm and at their homes. I am truly blessed to have witnessed these changes first hand. In addition to my responsibilities as the boys house parent, I also manage and edit this web-page and produce various video's for the Mission.