We’re settling into a new rhythm.
To serve our community during this critical time, we’ve organized the following coordinated relief efforts:
- We’ve created a communication network among elderly residents in the neighborhood to identify needs and deliver groceries right to their door.
- We’ve connected almost 20 volunteers to the students in our program to continue tutoring services online.
- We’re staying in constant communication with our students through texts and calls, encouraging them and ensuring they don’t feel alone during this difficult time. Our volunteers are also writing weekly notes of encouragement, and we’re making sure none of our students feels overlooked on their birthday—even if that means dropping off a birthday cake and singing from a distance 🙂
We are taking leadership online.
- We have historically hosted a live Q&A every Tuesday evening during our open gym basketball night. We have taken some of the most commonly asked questions and built a series of online interactive courses to address them. Students can watch a short video addressing the question, and then take a course answering questions and sharing thoughts and follow up questions based on the content of that course. (Screen shots below)
- Every year we develop a leadership cohort that meets at our Director’s home for training around what it means to lead in the way of Jesus. We have taken our leadership content and created online interactive courses that our leadership cohort can take and discuss together.
- We offer Bible teaching several days a week to help clarify what the Christian message is and (just as importantly) what it is not. We are putting together a series of video courses explaining the core tenants of the Christian faith. These courses will be available for any of our students and mentors to go through together.
“So how are you encouraging student participation?” We are encouraging students to take these courses and discuss them with their mentor through a point-based incentive system where students can earn points by completing courses. Points can be redeemed to purchase things like stickers and éleos apparel.
We want to continue showing our neighbors that we love them during these difficult times, but we don’t want to neglect the opportunity to continue inviting them into the infinite love of God that is available to us in Jesus! We pray these online courses are used by God towards that end.
As you can imagine there are costs associated with this initiative. We’re purchasing video equipment and a subscription to host our courses online. The recent stimulus bill has created wonderful incentives for charitable giving, right now. “Taxpayers will be able to claim up to $300 in cash contributions made to a nonprofit charity this year as a deduction from their gross income if they take the standard deduction on their 2020 tax return.” If you are in a position to give, we would greatly appreciate it!
As always, thank you so much for the many ways you partner with us!