SHOPPING IN OUR COMMUNITY STORE is definitely more fun when Jerry and Elaine Jones of Benton are volunteering to help!
These two have been “like glue” since they were married 38 years ago, according to Elaine. It’s no surprise they volunteer together to help you find what you need for your family at Hope’s Closet – Paducah.
The Joneses say friends invited them to spend the day volunteering. After trying it out, they say they were hooked! Jerry and Elaine help out about twice a month now… driving about 20 minutes to do it, too.
Meet them and our other great volunteers when you shop, or – better yet – join them in their quest to serve! If you’d like to learn more about volunteering at the Metropolis or Paducah locations, call 270.442.1166 or 618.524.5730.
“Every time I’ve been there, I’ve been mentored by someone different. I just love how they give me hope. I”m going through a lot of stuff right now with my family life. They always ask about my parents and my other son. That’s why they’re called Hope Unlimited, because they give hope. They’re like family.”
– Keisha Miller, Paducah
YOU CAN KEEP NEW BABIES SAFE BY GIVING THEM A SEAT! Since March of this year, Hope Unlimited Family Care Center has given new five-point harness car seats to expecting moms each month. Whenever a pregnant client comes in for a mentoring or prenatal appointment, she can enter her name in a drawing.
The car seats, which protect newborns to children weighing 35 pounds, average about $90. It’s illegal to transport a child without one. In years past, parent who could not afford a car seat could rely on fire departments to hospitals to fill the gap. Those programs no longer exist.
Hope Unlimited Family Care Center saw the need and asked other businesses, groups and individuals to help out. Thanks to our caring community, we will be able to protect more than 18 children before the year is out. However, after December, we will not be able to continue the program without more funds.
If you’d like to know how you can help, call 270.442.1166 or 618.524.5730.
As we continue to partner with you to show moms and dads they are Not Alone in their circumstances, we are discovering new ways to support families.
Together, we have gifted four, new car seats to expectant moms with the hlp of committed churches and service organizations. Our prenatal care clinic is growing, too! Other non-profit agencies have connected several expecting families new to our area to Hope Unlimited Family Care Center. We just celebrated our second annual neighborhood Block Party at the Paducah location. We have another one scheduled at our Metropolis center this month! These opportunities to reach out to the community are only possible through the combined efforts of business, church and individual partners.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. – Romans 12:1 (MSG)
It’s in our everyday, ordinary life, as we encounter others with God’s love and kindness that the culture begins to shift. When parents feel empowered and have the knowledge and resources they need to better care for their family, God begins to transform.
I invite you to hear more about a new part you can play in showing parents they are Not Alone to be announced at our annual Gala Tuesday, September 18.
YOUR INVESTMENT IN OUR PARENTING PROGRAM IS PAYING OFF! Several of the moms we mentor are transition from learning from us to serving with us.
Learn to Earn is our long-standing, free and confidential parenting program. It’s individualized to help moms and dads with their family challenges like child-rearing, under-employment or co-parenting. Learn to Earn also includes optional Bible Studies to help parents explore how their relationship with God might influence those in their home.
A few parents have successfully completed their program plan and are now transitioning into a volunteer role at Hope Unlimited Family Care Center. Other parents have told us they are grateful for the guidance and support, but their situations have changed for the better. They’d rather give their appointment to another family in need.