Investing in Their Future
Investing in Their Future
Written by Doug Wagner | Executive Director
Fellowship House provides a safe and loving after-school learning environment for 45 children in grades K-4. Our purpose is to help the children to grow academically, socially and spiritually—to level the playing field by helping them overcome learning deficits in their home, school and community. Monday through Thursday our staff helps with homework, tutors those needing extra help, supervises the computer lab and recreational activities, leads occasional enrichment programs in music and the arts, teaches Bible lessons, and transports the children from school to after-school and then home.
Through early intervention, the long-range goal is for these children to gain the confidence to tackle life’s challenges leading up to successfully competing in higher education and the job market. That’s not going to happen by simply enabling them to survive another day in school. Many of the children need one-on-one tutoring because they don’t understand the concepts that are being taught. If we’re going to help these underprivileged children beat the odds and succeed in life, we need to give them the individual attention they crave. The key to that is adequate staffing—people willing to invest their time in the next generation. The number of volunteers has been growing every week since early August. Eventually, we hope to have enough staff to enable us to begin admitting some of the 24 students presently on the waiting list.
Come January, we envision adding Fridays to our schedule. We would like to establish a regular Reading Program where children are read to, read to each other and learn to love to read. We want to be able to reward these youngsters with their own personal Bibles—translated at a 3rd grade reading level—as soon as they can demonstrate that they are able to read it.
We also recognize that we only see these children for 8 or 10 hours a week, while they spend 7 times as many waking hours at home. Consequently, we intend to partner with their parents in 2012, providing them with the resources they need to create a healthy learning environment at home.
Christ impels us to make a difference in the lives of these precious children whom much of society has turned their back on. We believe that God has a special plan for each one of them. We also believe that as we share His love with them, they will grow up to realize their full potential as children of God. Will you help us show Christ’s love to the children of South Camden by supporting the work of Fellowship House?
If you are intrested in learning more about our Children's Reading Program or have any questions about our Children's Program please contact Children's Program Director, Lisa Burne at firstname.lastname@example.org or (856)-964-4545