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We are building up our community by helping others through giving. There are many reasons that people find themselves temporarily houseless, a lot of which are beyond their control. It is not our job to judge those individuals, but to uplift them and show some compassion for your fellow man. Regardless of the situation if you are hungry, we are going to feed you and bring you basic supplies!
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a blessing bag, this is just a simple way to be a blessing to those you come across who might be in need. A blessing bag is a small assortment of basic toiletries and snacks in a Ziploc bag. Some examples of what you could put in a Blessing Bag are Chapstick, tissues, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, soap, small bottle of shampoo and conditioner, packet of razors, sanitary pads or tampons, trail mix, granola bars, crackers, pack of gum, band aids, mouthwash, hand wipes, deodorant, lotion, shirt and socks to name a few.
We know how expensive providing for a baby can be, so we want to help reduce that stress and the risk of child abuse by providing Baby Bags. Baby Bags come filled various items like diapers and wipes, formula and baby food, baby shampoo and lotion, diaper rash cream and baby medicine. Items vary depending on what is available at the time of service.
We do not promote sexual encounters, especially for our youth; however, we do encourage safety. For this reason, we put together a bag with condoms, a pregnancy test, the morning after pill, and lubrication. We believe that by offering these products we can help keep our young women a little safer and healthier.
Non-violent offenders and people with little or no criminal history are typically selected as candidates for court ordered community service. We believe in rehabilitation and second chances, so we offer individuals the option of serving their hours helping Voices of Our Youth. We will then write a letter on behalf of the individual that states the hours completed.
Friends, family and neighbors are important social contacts. They may regularly check in with loved ones to see how they're doing. When a loved one fails to respond, we can be called in to conduct a wellness check. For instance, if a nephew who lives out of town has been trying to reach his elderly aunt for the last several days, but she does not answer the phone, the nephew may call us to perform a wellness check at his aunt's house. We will go out and assess if professional interventions are needed and report back to the nephew. We also document our findings and keep the information on file.
Voices in Action consists of adolescents from local schools and young adults who are dedicated to improving the impact on their communities through leadership. The youth group enables young people to meet with their peers, socialize and become part of the community in which they live. It enables young people to move from adolescence into adulthood while nurturing their personal growth. We offer activities that challenge and stimulate the youth’s minds. Our youth group is geared toward empowering our youth by igniting the potential within them to make their mark on the world. Our mission is to inspire, equip, and mobilize them to take action that changes their world and themselves through service. By partnering with teachers, parents, schools, community organizations and businesses, Voices in Action gives them the opportunity to address firsthand the issues within their communities and utilize the tools and resources they need to respond and become part of the solution.
Voices on Air is our weekly podcast series devoted to our youth. This platform is for them to discuss the issues that concern them and their communities. Our podcast will bring all races, schools, and communities together to talk about what they feel are dividing them. Occasionally we will bring in dignitaries or authorities to discuss a plan of action to work towards a solution to these issues.
We will also have segments where we interview key leaders in the community so our youth can get to know them. Our hope is that when they have issues, they will feel like they can approach them and get positive results.
As adults it is our job to teach the youth basic survival skills. By survival skills I mean, what should every teenager know to help keep them on the right track. We have developed a 12-week program that teaches just that.
We teach the following subjects: Self-Discovery and Character; Healthy Habits and Personal Appearance; Mental Healing and Confidence; Communication Skills and Compassion, Community Building; Contribution and Conflict Resolution; Personal Relationships and Connections; Dating Violence and Safe Sex; Substance Abuse Prevention; Education and Career Readiness, Competence and Financial Literacy.
This is the adult version of our Nurturing Voices program.
Details coming soon!
Nurturing Parenting Program details coming soon!
Details coming soon!