UUCA and CHRIS Kids (foster care support) Family Nights series began May 8. Join in!
Here’s a report on “Fun” from the first night!
London Bridge (is falling down), and homemade chicken/vegetable enchiladas, were a hit for nine resident CHRIS Kids moms and their young children at Promise the Children’s May 8 debut of “Family Nights”.
UUCA volunteers Hildegarde Gray, Jo Mitchell, Joy Borra, and Meghan and Harper Ramsey were the launch team for this new, bi-monthly fellowship initiative to support vulnerable young mothers seeking self sufficiency.
In a thank you note to Hildegarde the next day, CHRIS Kids program manager, Shemekla Frazier-Sorrells, writes:
“On behalf of the youth and staff, I would like to extend my greatest appreciation to you and your team. The ladies thoroughly enjoyed helping prepare the meal and fellowshipping with you all. I observed several learning opportunities in which your team modeled with the children appropriate games, interaction and redirection. One of the young ladies said to me, ‘We should have this more often, just for us.’ Thanks for being a blessing to us all.”
Promise the Children is building volunteer teams now. If you enjoy meaningful, family-friendly (age 12+) community service opportunities, they don’t come any better!
WHAT is the opportunity?
UUCA’s Promise the Children group (PtC) is organizing twice-monthly Family Nights with vulnerable young mothers and their children, including dinner and fun activities.
Beginning May 8th, and each 2nd and 4th Thursday for a trial period of six months, we will coordinate small teams to join a few families at CHRIS Kids for 2 hours of cooking, dining, fellowship and play.
WHY is Promise the Children embarking on this project?
It grew out of the interest of some PtC members in the well-being of Georgia’s children aging out of foster care, and with the bigger picture of food insecurity and nutrition.
600 Georgia youth “age out” of foster care each year without resources for self-sufficiency. While the children in “our” group of CHRIS Kids residents are with birth mothers, they, the mothers, are products of foster care, formerly homeless and seeking the tools to succeed on their own.
WHAT is CHRIS Kids? (www.chriskids.org)
Since 1981, it is one of the leading nonprofit organizations that works with foster children in Atlanta, providing interim housing, health and counseling services, and support systems – their name an acronym for “Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety”.
HOW will Family Nights work?
UUCA volunteers will spend the time building positive relationships with resident mothers and their children (likely 4-6 families on average), primarily through:
i) cooking easy recipes and eating together, demonstrating nutritional enhancements to foods they already know; and,
ii) engaging the children in fun activities such as crafts, reading, games and outdoor play.
First Date: Thursday, May 8th
Time: 3:30-4:30 Intro to CHRIS Kids, training by staff (required)
5:00-7:00 dinner and family activities
Location: CHRIS Kids
1017 Fayetteville Rd., Atlanta 30316
Volunteers: 4-6, in 2 teams working/bonding with residents on:
-Meal prep: recipes and ingredients provided
-Child activity: reading, crafts, games, outside play
WHERE can I get more details and sign up?