A New After School Program in Allendale

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Beginning next week (January 15), we will be launching a two-day-per-week after school program in Allendale. We are working with leaders and a few of the churches in our neighborhood to serve all children, but especially the ones right around us.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, at Renewed Faith Ministries (100 feet from our house), we will provide a place for children (from kindergarten through 12th grade) to eat a snack, receive help with homework, and participate in games and activities. (Note: The leaders of this church are the parents of one of my football players, and a couple of other teammates attend there as well.)

Why was this idea on our heart?

  • To assist children in academics
  • To support parents who are working or in school by providing a safe place for their children
  • To build deeper relationships with youth, and to help them do the same
  • To give opportunities for others to volunteer

We don’t know how many kids will come; I would love a size of around 6-8 at the outset. And we don’t know how long it will last. If very few children and families are interested, we will end it. But we figured that the only way to find out is to give it a shot.

We’ve already received generous donations to help us get started. And with the advice of local ministry leaders, we decided to charge a nominal fee of $1 per week, but we will waive that for any family that needs us to. And since everyone (including my wife and I) are volunteers, there are virtually no overhead costs.

Now all we need are children, and a few volunteers.

Know anyone who may be interested?

Edit:  Read our update on how things are going.

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4 responses to “A New After School Program in Allendale”

  1. Karen says :

    Sounds like a wonderful plan. Sure hope it catches fire in Allendale! And those clue words are spot on!

    • joeyespinosa says :

      Thanks! Yes, I’ve been talking with a pastor who has had an after school program for about 6 years in Allendale. We would love to see more small, local programs start around the county.

      And that poster was from a former teacher in Allendale. I didn’t want you (or anyone) think that I had come up with those myself!

  2. Tracy Collins says :

    I’m excited with you to see what God will do through this program! We make our plans, but the Lord established our steps. Trusting Him to give you wisdom and direction as you move forward. Can’t wait to hear all about it on your next trip to Savannah! Love you guys!

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