Our Young Adult Development Team’s calendar is filling up, as it serves schools on both sides of the Ohio River. Young Adult Development Director Keisha Hopkins will be joined by Educator Derek Waddell for the four-day long Positive Potential program. This dynamic duo plans to serve schools in Ballard, Livingston, McCracken counties in Kentucky and Johnson County, Illinois… and hopefully beyond!
Positive Potential is a state-supported curriculum allowing sixth through ninth graders to practice critical skills like decision-making, goal-setting, and the power of choice. These students also explore healthy and unhealthy relationships and their consequences. Keisha and Derek bring the info and the fun, with games, prizes and giveaways!
Love Amazing! All year the team of wonderful staff and volunteers have been intentional about what is commanded in John 13:34-35. There are a couple of key directives regarding love in these verses. God wants us to love others wholly, completely and unconditionally, just like He loves you and me. Why? The scripture goes on to say if we do, His Love in us will actually point others to Him. Isn’t that why we exist? Whether they need parenting help, encouragement, healing or to become more confident in a life skill, we are here to walk along side of them. Thank you for helping to make this possible.
This year’s Gala is just around the corner; Tuesday, September 19. It is going to be one you don’t want to miss. We will be sharing what God has been doing and how His Love Amazing has been at work. We want you to have the opportunity to talk to the staff and volunteers who work with our moms and dads. You can ask questions and hear how His Love is changing and saving lives. How are we able to do this each and every day? Because our focus is Christ; His Amazing Love and how He “Lavishes his Love on us….” 1 John 3:1
We can’t do this alone. It’s because of your partnership we are able to touch the lives of so many families. I hope you have made plans to attend this year and bring someone who you would like to introduce to Hope Unlimited Family Care Center. If you don’t already have your tickets, it’s not too late. Stop by or call! We will reserve your seat.
Thank you for your partnership, prayer support and time. Thank you for being a part of something big God is doing, where the results are truly Amazing!
Southern Illinois families now have another day of support! Starting September 5, our Metropolis location, at 305 Lincoln Street, will be open Monday through Thursday, from 9-4 PM.
This expansion adds an entire day of service. Our Metropolis location had only been open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for the last three years. To better meet the needs of our community, we’ve hired a mentor/assistant to help empower moms and dads.
Several volunteers have stepped forward to open Hope’s Closet, our community store located on-site, four days a week. Both the community and our clients are invited to shop for clothes, furniture and toys at thrift store prices. Hope’s Closet is open 10-4 PM, Monday – Thursday.
Is your weekday busy? Don’t worry! We’ve added “Second Saturdays” to the store schedule. Hope’s Closet – Metropolis will be open the second Saturday of each month from 10-3 PM through December.
You did it! Your family and about 3,000 others have raised more than $44,000 through Hope Unlimited Family Care Center’s annual Baby Bottle Campaign. That’s about $10,000 more than last year. Thank you! We certainly can make a difference when we each contribute. Parents on both sides of the Ohio River will benefit, thanks to your efforts.
We would like to give a special thanks to: Lone Oak First Baptist Church, First Baptist Church in Paducah, as well as Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Golconda, IL for bringing in the most bottle money this year. Many generous businesses helped us, too. Customers at Midtown Market , Chick-fil-A Free-Standing and Pizza Inn, all in Paducah, gave the most.
Hope Unlimited Family Care Center distributes baby bottles Mother’s Day to Father’s Day each year. People fill bottles with cash, change and checks. Every penny supports and empowers moms and dads to grow stronger families.
It’s been a year! And, as I think about this past year, as I’ve sat in the executive director’s chair, there have been so many times I have had the opportunity to watch His Love Amazing touch families throughout our communities, both in Paducah and Metropolis.
In May, we cut the ribbon on our newly renovated Metropolis location. Many of our Massac County friends and partners took a tour of the changes. The renovations create more space for parents to learn and more room for the community to shop in Hope’s Closet Community Store. Across the river in Paducah, the Mayor and Judge Executive National Day of Prayer Breakfast brought business owners, church leaders and civic groups together to focus on community. Organizers chose to make Hope Unlimited Family Care Center the beneficiary of this year’s event.
We’re not finished partnering yet, either! Our Jobs for Life program was featured during the Housing Authority of Paducah Community Day, where Hope Unlimited Family Care Center’s Rick Tilley built relationships with under-employed and unemployed men and women. We’re excited to partner with Heartland Cares, Inc. again this year for National HIV Testing Day.
We all play an important role in our community’s success! We all long to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Thank you for joining us to help show Love Amazing to both sides of the river.
– Nicole Farley, Executive Director