Monthly Archives: October 2014

First Impressions

By: Eman AlbashEman SW OSU Intern

Ohio State Social Work Intern with SON Ministries

Academic Year 2014/15

Fall is in the air, and here at SON Ministries that means that the Kids Club is back in session! In September we welcomed 279 children from age 3 months to 7th grade to Kids Club.  Kids Club is an evening afterschool program provided by SON that provides games, homework assistance, and sports.   82.5 percent of the children enrolled in this program receive free or reduced lunch at school, which means they are facing poverty by the federal government’s standards.

I would describe the first nights of Kids Club as joyful chaos. I don’t think I have ever been around people from so many different parts of the world all at once!!!!     There was a sense of excitement as new families joined us for the first time and returning families from last year reunited with us and with one another.

We’re currently are wrapping up week seven of Kids Club and the experience is becoming more streamlined. This does not mean the excitement has faded— on the contrary, each night brings us unexpected joys. It touches me to see how the children look out for one another and manage to form friendships in spite of language and culture differences. Everyone, from the children to the Teen Volunteers and Interns, has different stories and I’m looking forward to see how we all learn from each other.

I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful experience this year.

At SON Ministries, we see the DIVINE in each person; each has a purpose and a voice. 

Fresh Air

By Claire Scott

Ohio State Social Work Intern with SON Ministries

Academic Year 2014/15

There is something so refreshing about being outside. Fresh air rejuvenates the soul!EC1

At Kids Club, I have the opportunity to spend nearly my entire evening outside. Together with another adult volunteer, I take the children outside in shifts so that they are able to expend some of their energy. We are blessed with a playground and a great field on which we play soccer.  Children are able to get creative with chalk, play on a tire swing or just simply run until they can’t run anymore! There are giggles and smiles the WHOLE time we are outside.

After working with these children throughout the summer and this school year with SON Ministries, I have come to realize that for many, of the children we serve, Kids Club is a unique opportunity for them to ENJOY the EC6outdoors. For many children, the environment in which they live does not provide safe outdoor space. Either there is no green space in which to play or that green space is in an unsafe area. This means that children may spend the majority of their summers and afternoons after school cooped up inside – likely in a small apartment needing to be relatively still and quiet.

However, Kids Club gives kids the precious opportunity to play safely outside. We are SO incredibly grateful for the beautiful outdoor space that Upper Arlington Lutheran Church at Mill Run allows us to utilize. The children at Kids Club are so blessed by the chance to breathe in fresh air and enjoy the beautiful outdoors!

 At SON Ministries, we bring HOPE to children and families in need by connecting them to people, resources and a HAND UP.

Reunited and It Feels So Good

By Claire Scott

Ohio State Social Work Intern with SON Ministries

Academic year 2014/15

Several evenings ago at Kids Club, two sisters shared their eager anticipation with me. Through smiles and giggles, they excitedly told me that their father was FINALLY going to be reunited with their family, and they CAN’T WAIT!!

FeelingSONY DSC unsafe in their home, several years ago this family chose to flee from Iraq. They sought refuge in Egypt for several years and then eventually moved to the United States as refugees. Unfortunately, their entire family was unable to make the journey. With fear and sadness, these children and their mother left Egypt without their father and husband. They had no idea when they would be reunited.

About a week ago, they received a box in the mail with all of their father’s clothing. They enthusiastically tore open the box and held the clothes close to their faces in order to just smell their father’s scent. Receiving this box meant that it was a reality: their father was FINALLY coming!!!

After months of living in the United States, the day has finally come when this family will be whole once again.

Please partner with me in praying for this family, especially for this father as he adjusts to life in the United States. AND Let’s praise God for his work in reuniting this family!!

At SON Ministries, we bring HOPE to children and families in need by connecting them to people, resources, and a hand up.