Pensacola Beach Elks Support Children's and Young Adults' Program
- Written by Linda Hayes
PER Don Padget of Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge #497 presented a donation to Sarah Ellis, founder of My Father’s Arrow. Located in Jay, Fla., My Father’s Arrow supports and serves youth from infancy to 23 years of age by seeking foster parents and adoptive parents.
The state provides the young adults with an unfurnished apartment. MFA provides all the furnishings. Last year they were able to fully furnish seven apartments.
The name of the organization comes from Psalm 127:4: “Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
MFA currently operates out of a chapel in Jay which is becoming too small for them. They continue to provide services for northwest Florida and Southeast Alabama from generous donations made by the community and local organizations. Founder Sarah Ellis says, “if it doesn’t keep the orphans at the center, we don’t do it.”