Joshua’s Place has new programs launching in area school districts and registration has opened for one of our biggest annual fundraising events. Read about this and more in our October Newsletter.
A Night at the Palace
Benefit and Casino Night
Are you ready to have fun and go all-in? Then come and try your luck on the roulette wheel and blackjack tables, all in support of Joshua’s Place. This year’s theme is Night at the Palace. Tickets are $100 and include dinner, drinks, and casino chips. You can also purchase a table for $800 and receive ten tickets for you and your friends!
November 16th // 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
7440 Mason Montgomery Rd.
Mason, OH 45040
Discover IDU Program
Impacting families; changing lives!
People living in poverty, struggling people, people in vulnerable places too often believe some terrible things about themselves. What’s worse is that they usually express those traits in hopeless terms, discounting their value or ability to change. They describe their circumstances as if they are predestined to live in their current difficulty. Poverty isn’t always a result of poor choices, but some changes must be made to break generational poverty. These changes start with a belief and self-awareness about the “uniqueness of you.” Someone who decides to see themselves differently and stand in the gap for future generations.
Joshua’s Place has created a development course called Discover IDU (Identity University). Utilizing The Birkman Assessment tool, individuals form self-awareness and reflect on personal uniqueness that expresses in terms of Strengths and Needs and relational terms. Using this tool as our basis, we teach through the four key relationships we all have; the relationship with ourselves, others, our community, and God. We believe a foundation of self-awareness coupled with relevant teaching, in a trusted environment can change their futures. We can help them reclaim the God-given identity that has been robbed from them!
Mason Shine Packs Launch
“Sable insisted on packing an extra lunch every day to ensure no friend ever felt hunger. On February 20th, 2019, God called Sable Paige Gibson home, but not before she shined a light on the world so bright that it can never be extinguished.”
The Gibson family asked that all donations at the time of Sable’s passing be made to Joshua’s Place. As a result, Joshua’s Place received approximately $30,000. Knowing the Gibson family lived in Mason and had a strong desire to see this money help their school district, the generous donations have made it possible for Joshua’s Place to enter the Mason School District on a faster time scale. In her honor, Shine Like Sable has teamed with Joshua’s place to further “her mission in a great big world by providing funding to those in need and shining a light so bright, all can see HIM.” The weekend food program at Mason City Schools will begin this fall as Shine Packs!
Want to get involved in the packing or by donating to the cause? Visit our website for more information.
Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see HIM ~C.S. Lewis
Whiz Kids Launch
Lebanon City Schools
Joshua’s Place is excited to launch Whiz Kids in Lebanon this month on October 22nd! We are so thankful for the space donated by Lebanon Christian School. Here, forty kids and fifty volunteers from local Lebanon churches will be bused weekly for tutoring after providing a hot meal and a Bible lesson.
Pray about how you can get involved with Whiz Kids in Lebanon. Whiz Kids volunteers are so much more than tutors. They become mentors, friends, and positive role models that change the lives of children beyond the classroom. An hour a week will change their lives and yours!
Brian and Amy Coates
“Programs like Whiz Kids allow us to be able to really invest in a deep way, that will hopefully have a meaningful, long term impact.”
This month’s Spotlight Volunteers are Amy and Brian, who have served at Joshua’s Place since 2017. They have enjoyed meeting new people and the opportunity to serve families in their community.
Brian and Amy said, “We have been made more aware of the need in our own community. It has pushed us out of our comfort zones and helped us to see what needs really exist. You realize that there are people right around the corner from you have had drastically different life experiences than ours, sometimes through no fault of their own. We believe that God put us in South Lebanon to be able to help serve those people.”
Amy is in the process of becoming a mentor to her Whiz Kid after dedicating two years to the program. Every Friday during the last two school years, Brian, Amy and their daughter Hayes have packed the JP van with the following weeks PowerPack food. Brian also taught a Discovery class at Summer Camp on computer programming.
They believe serving “not only benefits those that we serve. It has given our own family a more profound sense of purpose, that there is a whole world outside of our house. Our kids have experienced being a part of something bigger than themselves, doing it selflessly, and hopefully with joy.
No matter what gifts, abilities, time you have to give, there are a variety of needs. Please reach out and find how you could get plugged into serving!”