Core Values & Behaviors
a. We build safe and secure attachments to promote the healing process of orphanage graduates.
b. We provide long-term, consistent, and reparative mentoring and discipleship relationships to inspire long-term transformation.
c. We love boldly and build relational capital to influence our youth towards a life in Christ.
d. All of our youth hear the gospel of Jesus Christ clearly presented in all of our programs, and staff are daily examples of Christ’s love.
*1 Corinthians 13:4-7
a. We practice the good news of Jesus by caring for the whole person, including advocacy for their spiritual, emotional, physical and relational needs.
b. We inspire youth to give back to their community while they also travel down their own healing path.
c. We prayerfully intercede and provide very practical life skills so our youth have opportunities to thrive.
a. We work in partnership with our supporters; we are committed to transparency and good communication about ministry operations, prayer needs, and the stewardship of funds.
b. We engage in deeper friendships and partnerships within the larger orphan care community.
c. We work within the body of Christ to respond to God’s command to the Church to care for and bring justice to orphans.
Our founders began serving orphans in Ukraine at summer camps in the late ’90s. Relationships grew with youth at Orphanage #4 in Zhytomyr, and a dream was born to support the vulnerable adolescents aging out of the system. Last Bell was incorporated in 2006. Shelter, our first day center for orphans, opened in 2007.
In 2011, Last Bell opened a Support Center for our growing numbers of orphanage graduates, housing Stop the Cycle (a program for orphan mothers) as well as counseling and legal help.
In 2012, Orphanage #4 closed, and kids were moved to regional institutions. We implemented the next phase of our vision: reaching city trade schools where orphan teens from all over the region are sent to study. Educational Outreach officially launched in 2015.
In 2016, Last Bell introduced the Restoration Project, apprenticing orphan youth to the renovation trade while restoring housing for orphanage graduates. The same year, the Shelter transitioned into crisis housing and a hub for Stop the Cycle.
In 2017, we moved our office and support services to a large new facility, the Day Center, which is also a single, central drop-in center for orphanage graduates.
Today, Last Bell serves over 450 orphanage graduates through the work of sixteen Ukrainian staff, three U.S. staff, seven board members, and hundreds of Last Bell friends!