Our after school ministry is going well; many healthy snacks served and projects and homework assignments completed. We are still looking for financial support, supplies and your continuing prayers.
For more information on how you can support us email firstname.lastname@example.org
1. God’s will be done in Our House
2. We show the love of Jesus to our community & form strong relationships in Jesus
3. Others are drawn to a relationship with Jesus
4. Our neighbors will know us by our love
AFTER SCHOOL OUTREACH
We welcome students to come to Our House after school on Monday through Thursday for a healthy snack and help with their homework/tutoring.
Monday – Thursday, Kindergarten thru 5th, 2:30-4:00
Monday & Wednesday, Study Hall for Middle School and older, 4:00-5:00
This is NOT an after school program or babysitting, but rather an opportunity for children from the neighborhood to get help with homework and learn to be responsible for their assignments/studies. We intend to love, encourage and mentor “Our Kids” and help them gain confidence in their abilities to excel at school.
Our House is equipped with a study hall that has nine computers and internet, as well as a library filled with books for all levels of reading (Thank you, Pine Hills Literacy, Hudson Family Foundation and many others for the hundreds of new books that you donated to our ministry)..
We have been blessed with many devoted college students and adults who make themselves available each day to help the children with their homework and to encourage good study habits. We also have a supply closet full of basic school supplies (e.g. pens, pencils, notebook paper, markers, and glue), as well as items such as poster board, construction paper, and string, which may be needed for special projects. Flash cards and dry erase boards are also available to help students with math or sight words for our younger friends.
We are working closely with the teachers from the elementary and middle schools to stay abreast of the students’ assignments, test schedules and activities that arise during the year. A calendar in our kitchen keeps us up to date on what is going on in the schools, at Our House and in the community.
We pray that our volunteers will develop strong relationships with those who come to Our House during the school year and that our active involvement in their studies will help them perform to the best of their abilities in school – and perhaps to even foster a love for learning.
Contact us to volunteer at email@example.com.
We welcome opportunities to invite our kids and their families to Our House for a good meal, fellowship and fun. Special events and holidays bring much love and laughter around our tables. The St. Vincent de Paul Society blessed us with a traditional Thanksgiving lunch, full breakfast was served while we decorated Our House for Christmas and a good time was had by all at a Mardi Gras party hosted by the Auburn’s Men’s and Women’s Club Ultimate Frisbee teams -complete with jambalaya and king cakes. The Auburn Poultry Science Club has shared their passion for feeding large groups with us by preparing meals for Our Kids, on occasion, and delivered a box of kid-friendly, healthy food for each family to have during the Christmas break.
We are so grateful to have the support of the Jason Dufner Charitable Foundation. The foundation believes #HungerIsntAGame, and are working hard to ensure no child goes hungry in Lee County, Alabama. The Foundations signature program is Blessings in a Backpack, which provides elementary schoolchildren in Lee County, who are on the federal “Free and Reduced Price Meal Program” (including many of our kids who attend Yarbrough Elementary School), with a backpack of snacks to take home for 38 weekends during the school year. Backpack food includes easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat foods, like granola bars, juice boxes, mac and cheese, and oatmeal. The Foundation also provides summer weekend meal program for over 700 children in Lee County. We work with the Foundation to provide meals and healthy snacks for Our Kids throughout the summer.
A look into summer…
During the summer, we offer weekly day camps (e.g. art, music, sports, science, etc.) for our elementary school aged children, and regular activities for Our Kids who are in the 6th – 12th grades, including financial literacy, character building, career exploration and service to one another and to the community. When possible, we will take the kids on field trips that will enrich and expand their exposure. We will also be having book club/story-time for the elementary school aged children, as well as weekly Bible study for all ages.
Summer also allows us to strengthen our connection with the community by having cookouts each week during June and July for the teenagers and by hosting Saturday breakfast club, which is a time for the whole family to gather for food, fellowship and fun.