Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Partnering with Benefits in Action and the JeffCo School Foundation to secure a Cares Act Grant to set up pantries/Hubs in 3 Title I elementary schools in Lakewood offering food, medical supplies and eventually benefit resource navagation. This program began November 2020 with $5,000 grocery store gift cards to all 3 schools to be distributed to families. During spring 2021 build out plans for the "pantry" will be designed and built with grant funds. Additional funds will be sought for applicances and the development of a support infrastructure including a website, volunteer recruitment coordinator and food access support network.
By December each school reported that combined nearly 100 families had received gift cards and were choosing their own food. Community groups are forming so families in the neighborhoods can design their Hub. Volunteers are ready as soon as Covid lifts to support the initation of the program.
Children (4-12 years)
To reach children who fall below the literacy line and poverty line. To serve them in the Spirit of Christ and to ensure that no child misses the grace of God.
Lakewood Connects supports Homework clubs and Whiz Kids at 10 different elementary schools in Lakewood which usually serve 150 students a semester. Individual school's academic success cannot be traced back exclusively to these after school tutoring programs but certain schools credit Whiz Kids or the Homework club with unusual academic achievements. Case in Point: Foothills Elementary School. FHE has experience unusual academic advancement and credits their Whiz Kid program as vital in this success.