EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Some were abused and others forgotten, but because of some fathers children were saved.
"I hope to be pretty big corporate business owner someday," said Anthony Milton.
Anthony is Rev. Jerome Milton's adopted son, who also grew up in foster care, bouncing from home to home. Until on day, he was placed with a foster mother whose kindness inspired him to build a stable home for kids without one.
"It was a promise that I made to my late foster mother, Datie Florence Brown of San Diego California, who nurtured and nourished, guided and directed 44 foster children that no one thought would ever have a chance," said Rev. Milton.
It's called Foster Care Emergency Home, and it's located right across the street from Greater New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. It's Pastor Milton's dream, with five bedrooms and a kitchen. It's a safe haven of sorts for abused and neglected foster kids looking for help.
"It will be staffed by licensed foster parents that will be here seven days a week, 24 hours a day - no matter when the children are picked up," said Rev. Milton.
Milton is renovating the home, saying he wants the project finished by the first week of September.
"It gives a child an environment to come to that's safe to where they can kind of nurture themselves and heal," said Kelvis Holmes.
It's also a chance to stay in familiar surroundings. Jim Cleveland of Child Protective Services says there are more than 30,000 foster kids in Smith Count. But, there are only 6,000 homes.
"So, the more homes that we can get for children who've been abused and neglected and are coming into state care - the better," said Cleveland.
"It's going to take a miracle to renovate this home, but the children need a miracle," said Milton. "We might be in a recession, but the children are in a depression."
Reverend Milton bought the home, but it still needs a major face lift. If you'd like to donate and help renovate the Emergency Care Home visit our homepage. Scroll down and click on the Big Red Box. There you will find the link titled Foster Care Emergency Center.