June 2022
GotYourBack – Schooley’s Mountain Ecclesia
Schooley's Mountain, NJ
Recipient: Faith Hope & Charity Foster Care Agency   Initiative: GotYourBack
The Schooley’s Mountain Ecclesia, NJ donated 24 backpacks to the Faith Hope & Charity Foster Care Agency in Stroudsburg, PA in early June. Brother Zach Nelson, son Remi, and I delivered the backpacks just before the end of the school year here in our area.
The backpacks were filled with snacks, hygiene items, a big bright beach towel, and the Bible, bracelets and crisis hotline cards supplied by The Garden Outreach.
Our goal was to create a backpack filled with practical items that would, at least in some small way, meet the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of teens aging out of Foster Care.
The agency we paired with is a Christian-led foster care agency, and the director, Ms. Hodges, was thrilled with the inclusion of the New Testament & Psalms Bible. She told us she leads bible classes with her teens in foster care. She was thrilled that they would now have their own Bibles to read!  She also really appreciated that we included full sized hygiene items rather than travel sized, saying that she often needs to take youth shopping because they show up with nothing of their own.
God willing, we will be able to continue to support this agency through donations of practical items.
“A father to the fatherless is God in His holy dwelling. God makes a home for the lonely.”  Psalm 68:5-6