Monthly Archives: November 2014

Winter is here: Volunteer with our Winter Coat Store!

By Claire Scott

Ohio State Social Work Intern with SON Ministries

Academic Year 2014/15

Thanksgiving has given me the chance to step back and reflect on the amazing work that God has done through and for SON Ministries this fall. After an incredible fall festival last week, we are looking ahead to another busy and fun filled week at Kids Club. We are celebrating everything for which we are grateful with a Thanksgiving Potluck on Tuesday and Thursday we are hosting our annual Winter Coat Store for Children. As the weather has already turned cold, we are eager to bless children and families with BRAND NEW winter coats. FamilieSAMSUNGs will have the opportunity to purchase coats for their children for a highly discounted price (2 dollars per coat).

I had the opportunity to volunteer as a “personal shopper” for this event last year. I guided families as they chose coats for each of their children. I talked with parents and got to know children personally. The best part by far was the atmosphere of excitement.

When children got their coats, they COULDN’T WAIT to go outside to test them out.

I could hardly see their excited faces due to their many layers of coats, hats, scarves and gloves.

Last year I was not a regular volunteer at Kids Club but was able to rearrange my schedule to come to the Winter Coat Store. I felt incredibly uplifted after my experience. I loved connecting with families and watching as SON Ministries met a very real need in the community. The gratitude was overflowing on that evening.

I cannot wait for this Thursday night!! Will you join me in being a part of blessing families in need??  This event is only possible through the partnership of many…

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

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Creating Families

By Claire Scott

Ohio State Social Work Intern with SON Ministries

Academic year 2014/15

One of my SONY DSCfavorite aspects of the Kids Club program is that we have the opportunity to serve the ENTIRE family.  This means that many families bring all of their children to Kids Club each evening. There are many siblings in Kids Club. We even have several Teen Volunteers that have parents in the ESOL classes and younger siblings in Kids Club or the Early Childhood rooms. It is incredibly uplifting to watch these sibling interactions. Older siblings tend to their younger siblings and younger siblings look up to older siblings with a sense of pride. Many times, issues are resolved long before an adult is brought in simply because a sibling steps in to take care of his or her family member.

As the year progresses, this familial bond is expanding beyond immediate family into our SONY DSC“Kids Club Family.” I’ve seen older children take ownership and tend to the needs of younger children.  I’ve seen younger children admire and mimic the positive behaviors of older children.

At the end of the night we often hear a child say, “See you tomorrow!”.   When we have to say, we are not here tomorrow but we will see you on Tuesday (or Thursday), the child gets a look of disappointment, “I wish we were here EVERY day!”

My prayer is that, together, SON Ministries, as a team of a small paid staff and a large number of adult and teen volunteers, can provide a familial community ongoing so that Kids Club is a safe “home” for these children on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout this school year.

At SON Ministries, we build up COMMUNITY one respectful, empowering relationship at a time.