This event runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Dr. T.K. Lawless Parkin Jones, Michigan.
Youth do not have to be 4-H members to participate.
The 4-H Outdoor Experience Dayis open to 5- to 13-year-olds, as Session Participants, and 14- to 19-year-olds, as Session Helpers, Parental approval is required for those who are younger than age 18, in order for them to participate in these events.
Pre-registration is $5; participation is $10 the day of the event. A registration form ~ a copy is attached for downloading ~ must be filled out before participation and either faxed or emailed to Ms. Stephanie Consford (email: email@example.com, or fax: 269- 445-8978).
Youth can participate in four areas: T-shirt decoration (youth must bring their own white T-shirt); festivals from around the world; game design with recyclables; and horticulture/terrarium or flowers.
There will also be time for games, outdoor activities and getting-to-know-each-other.
For more information, contact the MSU Extension by phone @ 269-445-4438; via email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit online @ http://msue.anr.msu.edu/county/info/cass,
Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries provides several resources to support youth, young ladies with children who are in need of housing, transportation and connection to much-needed resources.
Following is the story of one young women whom OFFKM first came to know on a summer trip to a Bible camp and then later as a student in area schools and for whom we were later able to provide no-cost housing and support of her educational goals during a very vulnerable time in her life.
Michelle began her life on this earth living with her grandmother, as a result of her mother dying at her birth. Under her grandmother’s leadership, Michelle grew into a wonderful, mannerable and responsible young lady.
Life, however, has a way of growing a person up in an instant. The health of Michelle’s grandmother began to fail after the young woman’s first year at Southwestern Michigan College. As a result, Michelle was forced to take on the responsibility of caring for her grandmother, such as managing the daily operation of the home they’d shared Michelle’s whole life, as well as physically caring for her aging grandmother. Her grandmother eventually had to be placed in a nursing home where she could receive around-the-clock professional health care.
Unforuntately, life took another turn: Michelle’s grandmother passed, leaving the young woman with the responsibility of giving away and otherwise disposing of her grandmother’s lifelong personal effects. Additionally, immediate family members turned their backs on Michelle, leaving her with no housing and no money.
She found herself virtually alone, even as she was awaiting a final date to head off to Job Corps where she planned to pursue certification as a nursing assistant.
That’s where Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries entered the picture in a major way. We had first met Michelle a few years earlier on a summer trip we coordinated to Cedine Bible Camp in Spring City, Tennessee.
We assisted Michelle in the disposition of grandmother’s personal items. We were also able to provide for her transportation needs to and from Job Corps. Primarily, though, we were able to provide housing for her, in the OFFKM Transitional House, giving her a room, a “home base,” if you will, for the times when she left Job Corps on breaks and when she actually left the program after graduating from it.
Michelle said the OFFKM ministry programs and support were invaluable in helping her regain solid footing during that critical time in her life.
“Actually I don’t think I’d be here (without OFFKM’s support),” Michelle said. “I’m very appreciative of what they’ve done for me. I don’t think my life would have been like this — with me having a job, being a CNA or going into nursing in the first place. I don’t think I would have been on this path, actually.”
After earning her Certificate as a Nursing Assistant from Job Corps, she returned to the OFFKM transitional house. The Mays did not charge her rent for her room in the house, but did take a stipend from her — a program component that is a saving plan that help residents save money to have for housing, furniture, vehicles and other needs when they do leave the housing program, That money was all returned to Michelle when she left: A little more than $1,000, she said.
She credited Sis. May with helping her create a resume and register on some online job sites and apply for jobs. She eventually found one, which is where she works now. Since she started working for the company in 2015, she’s earned pay increases that now see her capable of earning up to $17 for various weekend work.
Both she and the Mays count this as one of their many successes.
“They did help me so much,” she said. “I don’t know (what path I’d be on now without them). Only the Lord would know about that one.”
We are a few short weeks away from the start of the 2017-18 school year . . . and all that that brings.
One major component of this time is preparing for Back to School, shopping for school supplies and new — or gently used — clothing.
Here are a few places that are hosting free school supplies for those needing them:
* “School Supply Spectacular,” hosted by United Way of Southwest Michigan: Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017,Brook Learning Center in Cassopolis. http://www.uwsm.org/school-supply-spectacular.
* Salvation Army Backpacks/School Supplies giveaway,hosted by the Salvation Army of Niles: Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and 1 to 3 p.m., for first- through 12th graders. First-come, first-served; items available as long as supplies last. Those hoping to pick up free school supplies will need to present the parent’s ID, a social security card for each child receiving supplies and proof of the school the child will attend; this giveaway designed for students in Niles, Buchanan and Cass. Contact the Salvation Army at 269.684.2660.
If you’d like to contribute items for back-to-school supplies and backpack drives, here are some events that are soliciting donations:
* “16 Pack A Backpack,”coordinated by NewsChannel16 WNDU, and other partner agencies. From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017, WNDU will accept back-to-school supplies donations at McDonald’s restaurants in Benton Harbor, Mich., Goshen, Ind. and Plymouth, and at the television station in South Bend, Ind. PLEASE NOTE THESE DONATED SCHOOL SUPPLIES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO LOW-INCOME CHILDREN/FAMILIES IN THE STATION’S 10-COUNTY VIEWING AREA AT LATER DATES! Visit theWNDU websitefor a list of agencies that will be distributing these back-to-school items.
Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries is committed to seeing our youth succeed and supporting efforts to see them excel.
We recently has the opportunity to do outreach with youth through the Junior Achievement Program, which taught Benton Harbor’s STEAM Academy elementary school students job-readiness skills and taught them about entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
Here, Sis. Bianca May, president of Our Father’s Keeper Ministries, is pictured with some other Junior Achievement volunteers who helped with the Junior Achievement Program in Benton Harbor schools.
Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries has a special place in our heart for the young people in our community.
We love seeing them achieve at their maximum potential, and even more than that, love seeing them giving back to their community.
This past year, our OFFKM youth did just that, volunteering their time to participate in the annual 4-H Color Run and visiting a local nursing home, where they shared cards they’d made for the residents and spent time with them.