Executive Director Mark Cunningham and Director of Development Anne Stokes invite you to join us for our annual banquet of good food and fellowship. We plan to reminisce a bit (okay, maybe more than a bit), celebrate where we are today and look to the future for COBYS.
Reservations can be made for either the noontime banquet (12:00 noon) or the evening banquet (6:30 p.m.). Please make your reservations no later than Monday, March 2, 2020.
The 80s: Humble Beginnings
From the seeds of a shared desire to serve, to the formation of an agency with the focus of helping children in need and building stronger families, the first decade gained momentum on a path to make a real difference in people’s lives.
The 90s: Expanding to Meet the Needs
Activity, expansion and growth defined the 90s. Services shifted to meet the demands to best serve the children and families we were called to help.
The 2000s: Depth of Service Added
Additional services are added to continue care for adopting families, new property is purchased and existing properties improved to accommodate the expanding programs so units can operate efficiently. COBYS mission is officially defined.
The 10s: Recommitting with Room to Grow
COBYS adapts and recommits to its core values while fostering common sense growth to meet the increasing needs in the region.
The 23rd annual COBYS Bike & Hike was held on Sunday afternoon, September 8, at the Lititz Church of the Brethren, 300 West Orange Street, Lititz, PA 17543. Motorcyclists, bicyclists and walkers participated in support of the ministries of COBYS Family Services. Groups of family, friends and church members gathered support and pledges and helped make the event a wonderful success.
Over $117,000 was raised by the participants, supporters and business sponsors. The money raised is critical funds to support the children and families we serve. Our services in the community are often underfunded. Participants in Bike & Hike help make up the difference.
In addition to glorious weather, participants and visitors took part in a Silent Auction, family-friendly games and activities and enjoyed some ice cream and refreshments.
People who had not participated before we able to hear about COBYS and its ministries of foster care, adoption, counseling and family life education.
Flyway Excavating, Inc.
Homestead Nutrition, Inc.
Longenecker’s True Value & Appliances
Merchandiser Advertiser Pennysaver
The Country Store, LLC
Wenger & Company PC
On Friday, May 31 COBYS held a Meet & Greet event for prospective foster and adoptive families. They were able to learn about the short-term, long-term, and lifetime ways foster/adoptive families serve children in foster care! The event was held at Keystone Church, 20 Harristown Road, Paradise, PA 17562.
COBYS foster/adoptive families have all been through the steps and process – thinking about, praying about, and learning about foster care and adoption. They decided the time was right for them to open up their heart and homes.
Families learned about the steps to become an approved resource family for children in foster care and discovered what it is like to create relationships with foster children and their birth families. They heard about the experiences of some of our resource families providing short-term, long-term, and lifetime care for children.
Kid friendly crafts and stories emphasize the love and security offered by parents and the importance of being safe. Games and a fantastic playground were available so kids had a chance to play while grownups conversed.
COBYS staff are passionate about the ministry of foster care and adoption! They are always available to discuss the requirements and process to become approved with COBYS as a foster/adoptive resource family as well as any specific questions you have.
Learn more about the three types of foster care, click here.
COBYS 25th Annual Family Fun Walk was held on rainy May 5 at Peter Becker Community in Harleysville.
Loyal families, youth groups and individuals gathered again for the beautiful 3-mile walk to raise money in support of COBYS’ ministries. All participants were treated to ice cream, refreshments, fellowship and door prizes after the walk.
Youth groups from Coventry, Indian Creek and Quakertown Churches of the Brethren earned gym and pizza nights by raising more than $1,000.
Thanks to our Event Sponsors Bauman Family Fruit Butters & Cider and Gouldey Welding & Fabrications and Sponsor Bergey’s, Inc.
COBYS is grateful for the investment of the sponsors, walkers, and volunteers at this event. Over $10,000 was raised through their dedication and efforts.