SAFE FAMILIES UPDATES:
All volunteers and their families are welcome to join us this Sunday evening August 21st for some fun at the Caveman pool. We’ll hang out from 5:30 to 7:30. We will provide the swimming the food and the games. You provide the family. See you there!
Just a reminder today- we will have mentor training Tuesday, August 30th at the church office. Training will begin at 6:00 pm and will take a couple hours. This training is for anyone who signed up to be a mentor, family host or family coach.
We as a church family received a sweet thank you card from one of our hosted teens. She is grateful and excited for the gift cards that many of us pitched in for her birthday celebration. She plans on doing some back to school shopping.
Thank you to all who came to mentor training on Tuesday night. We had nearly 40 people there. It is encouraging to see so many people willing to help out.
We have begun collecting gift cards for host families. These will be kept as “stock on hand” so we are able to help host families as needs arise. Thank you to all who have dropped cards by so far. If you would like to get involved in this manner you can purchase gift cards for fuel, clothing, groceries or restaurants. Fred Meyer has been a popular choice as those cards are good for most of the items above. You can drop them by the Edgewater office, just label them Safe Families and leave them with the receptionist. Thank you, enjoy your Labor Day weekend.
With school back in session we have been fielding calls regarding Safe Families. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with multiple people about the possibility of utilizing a Safe Family host home. Please continue to pray that as people come forward asking for assistance we as a church body are able to meet those needs. Additionally, pray for those that work in the school system and are connected to these families on a daily basis.
It looks like we will be taking in another teenager this evening. Please pray that all would go smoothly. Pray also for the home and family that will be hosting her.
We were able to take in a new teenager last night. Praise the Lord that all went well and please continue to pray that He continues to work in this situation.
We have scheduled a date for another Safe Families orientation. Please join us Sunday, November 13th at the church office. It will begin at 2:00 pm and will take 1 hour. This is an opportunity to learn how you might be able to get involved in serving in the Safe Families ministry. Whether you want to host a child or be a part of supporting a family that is hosting, this is your chance to find out more. If you have any questions please contact Shawn Logue at 541-218-4485.
We continue to get calls regarding possible hostings, but find in most of the cases the real need is just some help from a support group around the family. Recently we have helped with rides, bed donations, phones, meals, etc. Additionally, it looks like in a couple weeks we will be helping the biological family of one our hosted kids with their yard. They have fallen a little behind on maintenance and are blown away that people are willing to help get them back on track. The mother in this situation just can’t stop thanking the church for what we have already done for her and her daughter. She also stated that no one in her life has ever done something so kind and helpful for her.
We’ve also found ourselves reaching out to some foster families within our church body and lending some support to them as well. Although these are not “official” Safe Families hostings, they are still the heart of what this ministry is all about. If you or anyone you know is interested in getting involved please don’t hesitate to call Shawn Logue at 541-218-4485 for more info.