Fellowship House is an extended family, where children feel secure – both emotionally and physically – in a safe, fun and loving environment with consistent structure and boundaries. In addition, Fellowship House also supports parents and caregivers in raising their children. Learn more about our program.
Instead of heading home or to the streets after school, 50+ children in grades 1-4 come to Fellowship House’s safe and loving environment where learning can continue. There are computers to work with, volunteers to help with homework and read with them, snacks to nourish them, and Bible lessons emphasizing the love of a God who is eager to help these little ones discover the fullness of life. The goal of the Children's Program is for the children to grow academically, socially and spiritually.
Reading is an important skill that needs to be developed in children. Not only is it necessary for survival in the world of schools and (later on) universities, but in adult life as well. The ability to learn about new subjects and find helpful information on anything from health problems and consumer protection to more academic research into science or the arts depends on the ability to read.
Ensuring that youth are involved in positive summer activities is also important for the strength and safety of a community’s living environment. We believe it is important to provide the children of South Camden with a safe day camp in their area during the summer. However, we also believe that it is a life changing opportunity for a child to experience a week outside of the city; to meet children from all walks of life, experience nature, participate in new activities, and learn more about Jesus.
The teens who serve as Youth Leaders in our program are wonderful role models for the children. They are living proof that not all Camden kids drop out of school, have babies and do drugs. When you speak to these young people, you can tell from their character, their leadership and their plans for the future that they are going places. They also serve as a powerful testimony for why investing in building character in young children is so important. Proverbs 22:6 reads, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Parenting is the most important and challenging job any of us can have; yet, it receives little support or recognition in our society. We're committed to educating and equipping parents with resources, practical assistance and emotional encouragement to better their lives, and those of their children.