Chris and Elaine Ray are a Christian couple who are devoted to loving God and caring for children and families in need. They have been married for 17 years and have one daughter, Angelina Ray.
“We have been motivated by love which we believe is evidenced by action. Love is defined as unselfish benevolent concern for another — spurring us on to action to display our devotion for each other through servant-hood. As a result of my foster care experience, Chris and I have decided to ‘Be a Blessing’ to our community by partnering with local child welfare agencies to serve the youth in their care.”
Elaine Ray, co-founder and CEO of RLP, was placed in foster care over 30 years ago. During that time, she received a gift during the holidays. The gift label was addressed to a 9 year old girl. Being confused about why someone who didn’t know her name would go through the trouble of purchasing a gift was both mesmerizing and confusing. But it was the overwhelming feeling of worth and value (the encounter with love) that planted a seed to give back to children that had been removed from their biological parents. Elaine is inspired to do for others what was done for her: send a message that displaced children are not forgotten and someone somewhere loves them even if we don’t know their name.