Success Stories

Ron Bertsch

Previously published March 2016

Josh is one of the young people served at DCCH. He is another victim of the heroin epidemic. His mom overdosed. His dad was given custody, but was later sentenced to prison on heroin charges.

At five, Josh entered foster care. He witnessed domestic violence, moved from place to place, felt the pain of physical abuse and suffered unimaginable neglect. Yet, he survived! Josh learned to trust in a new foster family. They fed and clothed him, sheltered and nursed him, comforted, counseled and guided him. They patiently forgave him when he was angry and acted out.

Ron Bertsch

Previously published February 2013

After our November support group dinner at DCCH, I asked our Foster Families to reflect on, and share some of the things for which they are thankful.

It was amazing to hear our diverse families share their thanks for the wonderful gifts in their lives. Children, who should have so little to be thankful for, considering the abuse and neglect they endured, were full of gratitude!

Vicki Prichard, NKyTribune reporter

Previously published May 2016

Each May, during National Foster Care Month, the nation focuses on the needs of children in foster care, raising awareness and encouraging involvement in the lives of these children, whether as foster parents, volunteers or mentors.

But for Gene Blair and Ron Bertsch, focusing on the needs of children seeking foster care goes far beyond a single day of national recognition – it’s a year-round focus.

By Ron Bertsch

Previously published October 2015

On October 1 is St. Therese of Lisieux's feast day. As a life-long member of St. Therese Parish, I recall the special devotion we show our patron saint. Therese is a Saint of our own time, dying in 1897 at the young age of 24. She is known for the “Little Way” in which she loved God, her family and her fellow sisters of the Carmelite Order in France.

Extra special is that her parents, Louis and Zelie Martin are to be canonized this coming Sunday, on October 18, 2015! Together they exemplified the “Little Way” in which a soul on earth can demonstrate the love of God. They trusted God like little children, and did ordinary things with extraordinary love, suffered immensely yet maintained faith and hope.