Joshua’s Place has kicked off their Food-Co-Op and BackPack Drive for local school districts and is getting ready for other programs for the ministry to start. Read about this and more in our September Newsletter.
Food Co-Op Program
Impacting families; changing lives!
These commitment forms may look like just another form to fill out, but behind each signature is a family desiring to rise out of circumstances and situations they face daily. These pieces of paper also signify hope and transformation experienced as families become involved in relationships with God and others through Joshua’s Place Food Co-Ops in the Kings and Little Miami School Districts.
Annually Joshua’s Place holds a membership meeting for the Food Co-Op. Unlike a food pantry, participants pay $4 bi-weekly to receive $50 in groceries and become actively involved in developmental programs offered. It gives them “skin in the game,” and it gives them dignity. Together, the Food Co-Op and developmental classes offered display God’s hand at work meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of committed families.
This transforming program could not be effective without volunteers serving foremost as friends of those in the program and then as servant leaders who buy groceries, stock shelves, greet families, and stand in as coordinators and course presenters.
“and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”
The seventh annual benefit night themed Caesar’s Palace will be held November 16th at the Manor House in Mason. This event
alone raises 25% of our yearly budget, and we expect this year to be the biggest ever!
Make sure to SAVE THE DATE and watch for registration information to reserve your spot for the night!
Back to School
The first day of school can be nerve-racking and scary with all of the new things that occur: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. When students have the supplies needed for the first day of school, it is one way to put minds more at ease, produce confidence, and set them up for a successful year. On August 4th, Joshua’s Place teamed up with volunteers and provided 147 backpacks for students in the Kings School District. These backpacks were filled with school supplies specific to their grade and school building. The contributions of those who donated their time and resources to make this day a success is much appreciated!
Every week during Little Miami’s Whiz Kids, you will find Linda Schofield with a smile on her face and a song in her heart preparing all the books for students to read. This month Joshua’s Place has the pleasure of introducing Linda as our Volunteer Spotlight. Linda has served with Joshua’s Place for over two years in Kings Power Packs and then Little Miami’s Whiz Kids. She loves watching volunteers file in the room with students who dedicate their time to build relationships and help children improve their reading skills. Linda says she always gets more out of serving than she feels like she gives through her service and encourages others to get involved with the ministries of Joshua’s Place to have the same experience!