Joshua’s Place has been able to reach the community through new initiatives and the programs of the ministry.  Read about the exciting things that have happened over the last month.

Impacting Families and Changing Lives: C.O.P.E. at Kings

Joshua’s Place is opening eyes to compassionately fighting generational poverty as they sponsored a Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) for the Kings Local School District. The COPE is a 2.5-hour simulation created by Think Tank, Inc. It takes participants through a simulated month in the life of a family experiencing poverty. King’s teachers, counselors, and administrators invested time during their in-service day to better understand families in our community.

Joshua’s Place was able to host this event because of our dedicated volunteers who served and to those who support us. Our donor’s support allows us to provide this service to area school districts.

“I learned a lot and have changed a lot of how I think about things even though I consider myself pretty involved with Joshua’s Place and our community. I truly feel that all staff would benefit from taking part in the experience. You can talk and give information for as long as you want, BUT upon actually being in it and feeling the anxiety, pressure, and stress of it all was very eye-opening.” ~Amanda Wey, 3rd Grade South Lebanon Elementary Teacher

Save the Date: Golf Outing in May!

Join us for a day on the greens while supporting the ministry of Joshua’s Place!

When:

Monday // May 11
Shotgun Start at 12:30 pm
Registration at 11:30 am

Where

TPC River’s Bend
316 Winding River Blvd
Maineville, OH 45039

For information or interest as a Sponsorship Partner, please reach out to Kevin Peyton, Joshua’s Place Executive Director, at kpeyton@joshuasplace.cc.

Providing Hope: Care Closet Program

“Children can’t learn if they are hungry or are not feeling well. The food and drinks provided to us this morning will help us keep students at school and ready to learn. One of our mottos in the clinic has always been, “We feed them, and we keep them.” The generous outreach of Joshua’s Place will help us with the mission of providing our students with basic care needs so that their bodies and minds can reach the potential that’s there.” ~Eva Garchar, a nurse at Kings

We were excited to launch the new Care Closet program this past month in the Mason City Schools and Kings Local School District. The program places securely, stocked cabinets in designated buildings with snacks needed for day-time nutrition and hydration, and personal hygiene supplies for students. These Care Closets provide school counselors with a strategic method of distributing supplies to students discreetly during the school day. Mason Early Childhood Center(MECC), Mason Middle, Mason High School, and the nurse’s office for the shared clinic at Kings High School and Kings Junior High received closets this past month.

Joshua’s Place wants to thank each person who contributed to getting this program off the ground:

  • Special thanks to Sherisse Washington for securing a grant from Foresters Financial to purchase the cabinets and personal hygiene supplies.
  • Thanks to Shine Like Sable Foundation for supplying snacks and drinks.
  • Thank you to the volunteers that helped assemble and help deliver the products regularly to each building.

Volunteer Spotlight: Nutrition Coordinators

Week in and week out, Joshua’s Place has a group of volunteers that plan and shop for meals to feed children at our Kings, Little Miami, and Lebanon sites. By meeting nutritional needs, the children see Joshua’s Place as a safe place, can think clearer during tutor sessions, and will be able to engage in conversations where the love of Christ is shared. Through the service these teams are providing, lives are being transformed physically, socially, mentally, and spiritually!

In Kings, the team of Nutritional Coordinators works hard every Tuesday to serve kids food and love. Each member of the team has served a different length of time, but all understand the importance.

This school year is Tim’s second year serving with Joshua’s Place in Little Miami. “Tim gives the kids a feast each and every week. He is so precious to come and not only cook and serve the kids. You will also find Tim during our tutoring time with a tray of coffee fixings in one hand and the pot of coffee, in the other hand, serving our tutors. He also helps clean the building and takes out the trash. He is always willing to help. I couldn’t do my job without him!” ~Betsy Sammons

In Lebanon, Karen and Laura plan the meals for each week, and alongside Marianne, they serve the prepared meals every Tuesday! “It makes us happy to see the kids smile when they come in and ask, ‘what’s for snack?’ It’s about serving and helping others that makes life full.” ~Karen Bolen, Lebanon Nutrition Coordinator

Looking for a way to get involved with Joshua’s Place? Follow the link to see serving opportunities available!