Evening programs are fun at Rock House Kids!
Rock House Kid’s is continually growing! We are always making room and changes to our evening program schedule to serve more children ages 6-18. Monday and Wednesday evenings we serve first- through sixth-grade students with wonderful, caring adult volunteers who share God’s love, truth and salvation. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings we are open just for teens! They receive special mentoring and guidance designed for young people who are beginning to mature, and learn the skills needed to navigate the world of college or employment.
We always start our programs with a hot meal. Kids function and focus better when they have full tummies. A hungry belly doesn’t listen! After dinner we have large-group time which may include singing songs, learning a valuable lesson, or talking about upcoming activities. Then we divide into appropriate classrooms where games, crafts and fun help expand the valuable lesson just learned.
When the kids leave for the night, they are provided a bag containing 7-12 different nonperishable, individually wrapped food items to take home. Throughout the year we have seasonal giveaways such as coats, hats, mittens, and boots for cold weather, back-packs filled with school supplies, and gym shoes at the start of school, as well as bikes, blankets, flashlights, hygiene items, toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc. Every month we celebrate birthdays and at Christmas every child receives wrapped gifts and stockings.
Also available is our Teen Leadership program! Dee Lacny, our Executive Director, interviews all children who want to continue after sixth-grade to be part of an exciting program that involves learning servanthood and leadership skills. These children must be in seventh through twelfth grades and MUST have been an active participant of the Rock House Kids program in the past. They help serve food, clean up after dinner, help in the classrooms, receive specialized training in leadership through a mentor. And, they go on special outings like winter camps, or skiing! As members of our Teen Leadership program, these teens will learn about scholarship, college, and job training opportunities!
The need to help more children is apparent. We don’t want to turn any child away who wants to receive love and compassion. We are always in need of volunteers – will you consider helping us?
Many children explain they would be without (food, basic life essentials, Christmas gifts) if it weren’t for the Rock House Kids items they receive. We are so grateful for the wonderful support our donors provide.
With God’s help and the help of the community, we can make a difference in a child’s life. Please join us in prayer for more doors to be opened and more children to be blessed!