In July this year we had the priviledge of having a front page story in the Columbian. Thanks to Scott Hewitt of the Columbian who wanted to share the story of the Refuge. This is truly a story of what can happen when students submit to the process of the Refuge. This last year 6 students were participants in the program and 4 have graduated. 2 out of 3 is not a bad ratio. Hopefully this is the start of something great in this community.
The Refuge is a new program in Clark County.
A program by Go Connect, responding to an invitation from the local public schools to connect unaccompanied youth with host families to provide housing and support while they finish their high school diploma.
This program serves those who are 18-21 and living in an inadequate housing or temporary settings like:
Every student must be invited into the Refuge Initiative.
Our mission is to create Tools and Resources that Connect People to Meet Practical Needs, Foster Lasting Relationships, and Encourage Authentic Community.
Go Connect has recently formed a strategic partnership with the Deptment of Children and Family Services here in Clark County. Their new inititiave to partner with the community to provide a pathway for families of childrend who are not in danger to keep their kids is called Family Assement Response. This new response has opened up doors for Go Connect. We are building a fund to help families keep their children. Please choose the online giving link on this page to donate to this fund.
Talk to anyone that lives in a suburb in America and you'll hear the same complaint... Why can't we seem to get to know our neighbors and why can't there be a greater sense of community. I have to be honest with you, every once and a while, there was a sense of guilt that floods by body when I think about our house buying choice, wishing I would have a bought in a greater need area. But that feeling quickly dissipates when I consider the great need right where we live. Yes, they are nicer houses, but the spiritual need is still there.
Consider your own neighborhood. Do you fellowship in your own community, or do you travel a ways to get to church, passing by the people in your own community.
So how can we get to know neighbors with just a little effort and discipline? According to Acts 17, God has appointed the very place and time of where you live. So maybe God wants to use you in your own neighborhood for the sake of the gospel.
Here are 10 things you can do to meet your neighbors and build relationship with them.
It's easy to build relationship with our neighbors, but it does take a plan of attack. We are all to busy to let it just happen. If we don't plan, it won't happen. If you have other ideas, please let me know.