This past month has been emotional for me. Having our first graduates move out was an emotional surprise. When Jen moved out early February, I shared with a friend that I felt like I was dropping my daughter off to college for the first time and then a little over a month later Anita followed and so did the emotions. Even though we know that they are where they belong, we will miss having them in house. They both want to fill out Volunteer Applications so they can give back by helping us help others as we have helped them. How sweet is that!!
Vicky came into the program at the same time as the others, but because she is heavily involved in the ministry in a different role, by managing Oaks 2, it feels as if she hasn’t left. By the way, she is doing a great job!
The Oaks Ministry has had a positive influence in their lives and has helped them overcome some of the obstacles that were holding them back. We thank all of you again for your support. Together we CELEBRATE a HAPPY ENDING and a NEW BEGINNING for our first residents. To God Be the Glory!!!!
This is also a HAPPY ENDING and a NEW BEGINNING for Oaks 1, as our ladies have moved on and we are eagerly awaiting the second group of women that God will bring to us to help in their time of need. We are busy getting the rooms ready and reviewing our programs. If you know of anyone that may need what the Oaks Ministry offers, please have them fill out the application online and send in. W have openings in both houses.
A few things we are asking you to pray about as we move forward:
- Greg Gouty, our treasurer’s term has ended and he has chosen not to renew it. Therefore we are looking for a replacement. We thank God for Greg’s time with us. He helped to get this ministry up and running and has done an incredible job at handling our finances and keeping excellent records. We are trusting that God will reveal the one who He has chosen to replace Him.
- We have discovered that handling the finances of 6 women is too much of a workload for our Financial Adviser to do alone, therefore we are looking to form a “Financial Team”. We are looking for 5 female volunteers to work directly with the ladies on a one on one basis. If you enjoy working with numbers and helping others, this would be a position for you to consider. You would meet with your resident on a weekly or bi-weekly basis depending on how often they receive a pay check.
- We are also looking for ladies that would like to help raise funds to support this ministry by co-hosting a Tea Party. This is a great way to entertain friends with no responsibility, no expense, no work, just FUN! (See “Tea Party” page on website for more information)
- We are also looking for volunteers to give of their time to come to Oaks 1 on a regular basis and spend time with our ladies when our residential house manager is working at her PT job. This could be as little as 1 day a week for 4 hours. Your responsibility would be to lead group devotions in the morning and oversee the responsibilities of our in house program. It would be a great way to develop friendships with our ladies and encourage them in their walk with the Lord.
If you or anyone you know might be interested in helping out with any of the above,please contact Robin at 484-368-7268 or e-mail questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
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