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How to build strong, ‘resilient’ children

Have you ever wondered how some children who are raised in adverse situations seems to rise above that environment and experience success in their lives and futures?
Rachel Wagner, of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, talks about ways to build resiliency in children.

We, too, wonder at the resiliency, the strength and fortitude of those children, who like the Energizer Bunny, just seem to keep “going and going and going.”

Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries have become aware of the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, which teaches parents, families, educators and others how to build resilient children (who become resilient adults).  (Learn more about the organization at

One way the Devereux approach attempts to promote resiliency is by:

  • Speaking positively, ensuring that children feel valued and appreciated and also learn to value and appreciate others.
  • Engaging children in daily routines, activities, and conversations, as appropriate, so that children know they are  important members of the community.
  • Implementing consistent routines and schedules, helping children feel a sense of trust and security in their lives.

The Center promotes programs for:

   ~ infants and toddlers (

   ~  preschoolers  (

   ~ school-age youth  (

   ~  adults  (

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OFFKM leader volunteers with Junior Achievement

Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries is committed to seeing our youth succeed and supporting efforts to see them excel.

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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.

Enjoy April 2017 Family Expo Fun!

It’s time for the 2017 Community-friendly Family Expo!

Bring your family to the Family Expo on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Ross Beatty High School in Cassopolis, Michigan.  The Family Expo runs from 4 to 7 p.m.) Gill Family Expo

Featured presenter will be Jim Gill, a children’s author and songwriter.  Look forward to free activities, a free boxed meal and a free interactive concert.

For more information, call 269.445.6283.Family Expo in Cassapolis Michigan April 13 2017


Click here to download 2017 Family Expo flier.

OFFKM youth serve the community

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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.

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~  Do you or someone you know need any of these community resources? ~

OFFKM seeks volunteer Life Skills Coach

OFFKM is seeking a new, volunteer Life Skills Coach for our Transition House in Vandalia.

We are looking for a mature individual who has the skill and temperament to work with single women and those with families, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homelessL Someone with a heart of compassion, who is willing to share their life experiences in a meaningful, patient way.

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Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries is seeking a new, volunteer Life Skills Coach.

The candidate should:

*  Help women create personal budgets;

*   Show clients how to plan healthy, nutritious meals;

*  Demonstrate to women how to parent their children in a loving, firm, structured manner;

*  Show women how to maintain their household;

*  Help women plan and manage their time each week to achieve short- term, and part of their long-term goals;

* Lead these women in developing personal short- and long-term goals, using the SMART strategy (Simple, Manageable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-focused);

*  Be able to show candidates how to dress for success and dress appropriately for interviews;

*  Be able to drive.

Those being considered for the position must submit to a drug and alcohol test, the cost of which will be paid for by Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries.

Interested?  Call 269.476.1257 or send an email to

Take our After-School & Summer Enrichment Programming Survey

Our Father's Family Keeper Ministries is trying to assess the community's needs and thoughts about after-school and summer academic and enrichment programming, both of which we have hosted before.

We’re doing that with our After-school and Summer Academic Programming Survey!  We’d like to know what you think!  

     Click here to start our free survey!!
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Another after-school tutorial and summer youth program?

You interested?

Our Father’s Family Keeper Ministries is still hard at work, behind the scenes, trying to create another opportunity for a summer academic and enrichment opportunity for Vandalia-area youth.

We are also hard at work planning to host another after-school tutoring session for the 2016 -2017 school year and are looking for volunteers and a location that will be convenient to students.

As a parent, caretaker or other vested adult, would you be interested in seeing the return of our summer academic-enrichment program and our after-school tutorial program?  We will be posting a survey on these items, and other concerns, on our website, so sty tuned.
Let us know about your interest in either the after-school program or the summer academic-enrichment program by emailing your comments to:

Students gather to celebrate the final day of our inaugural 2015 Summer Academic & Enrichment Program!
Students gather to celebrate the final day of our inaugural 2015 Summer Academic & Enrichment Program!

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