Cleveland East YoungLives has some exciting transitions taking place. We have transitioned teen moms into junior leadership roles and added 3 people on staff! We transitioned teen moms who have aged out of YoungLives at Cleveland East club. We felt this would be a great time to do what we have labeled a "reset." We suspended our local monthly club and decided to take YoungLives into the community. Over the last two months, we've hosted numerous "Mommy Meet-ups" at local libraries, schools and community centers. At our meet-ups, we passed out clothes, diapers and other baby items.
Through these events, we were able to establish relationships with some of the neighboring public schools, and now we’re providing a program called "lunch buddies." Our lunch buddy program allows us to go into the schools, have lunch with the teen mothers, and talk about life situations. This allows us to build trust and relationships with the young mothers and then we also invite them to our local club. We have planned activities such as mommy & me paint night, bowling night, and a scavenger hunt. We are in need of donated meals for our meetings and childcare volunteers for our monthly club.
Our Slavic Village location is doing well. We have built a solid foundation with the girls we serve, and we are always looking to bring more girls to the feet of Jesus. We are currently serving 4 girls and their babies at this location. We’ve had some new girls express interest, so please pray for our continued growth.
The past few months have brought some personal challenges with a few of our girls. As you may know, their home situations aren’t always ideal. Our continued prayer is that their struggles bring them closer to Christ, and we are constantly loving on them and praying for them, and we ask you all to lift them in prayer as well. We know God is moving in their lives because even when times are hard, they aren’t dealing with those struggles the same way they have in the past!!
· Full participation from all our girls
· Women to join us in standing in the gap as mentors and leaders
· Access to more schools for our lunch buddy program
Thank you for your prayers and support!