15 (1).jpg

The Reyes Family

Founders of James Mission

My name is Lyndsey Reyes. My husband Joey and I are the founders of James Mission. Since its inception in June 2013, James Mission has quickly become a vital lifeline for foster and adoptive families in Northeast Oklahoma.

In 2012 my life was flipped upside down when I was unexpectedly laid off. My family was stripped of everything both financially and emotionally. I spent 6 months arguing with God about what I was supposed to be doing and how I was to provide for my children. I got down on my knees and prayed to God for direction. I dusted off my Bible, opened it up and it landed on the book of James. After reading James 27 times, I felt as if God was telling me to be the change. We felt the call to foster and adopt and immediately started the foster care process. It moved very quickly and within a month and a half we received our first placement. He was a 17-year-old boy who was about to age out of the system. When he walked into our home he was limping. I looked down at his feet and noticed his shoes were too small. I asked if he was ok and he ducked his head in embarrassment and said “I borrowed a pair of shoes from my roommate at the shelter. They are two sizes too small but the only pair of shoes I own have holes in them and my toes stick out. I was embarrassed and thought you wouldn’t want me if I wore my shoes.” At that point I realized that kids in foster care come with very little. Since our first placement, we have personally taken 26 children into our home, ages 0-18, and every single one of them have come with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Those clothes are normally too small, stained, worn out, torn and tattered.

This realization led us to begin brainstorming James Mission. We knew these kids came with nothing and needed everything. We knew these kids were torn from their families and had to leave their belongings behind. We also knew we had to be the ones to help.

James Mission exists to provide resources to the children in foster care and to families in need. We provide clothing, shoes, socks, underwear, diapers, wipes, toiletries, beds, blankets, toys, car seats, cribs and various household items. From the humble beginnings of two card tables in our garage, and then into a 3,000 square foot Resource and Visitation Center in mid-town Tulsa, to our brand new 21,000 square foot facility that additionally offers food distrubution, training facility, youth after school/summer and athletic programs and mental health with our partners The Building Project and Life Strategies International. Our facility is staffed daily by volunteers and we offer a 24-7 Loads of Love program, which allows us to respond immediately to children placed in emergency foster care.
— Joey & Lyndsey Reyes, Founders of James Mission