– A Help for Families in Need –
“You have no idea how thankful we are for this help. This program will bring stability and the ability for our family to hopefully get back on our feet. We are overwhelmed with gratitude.”
In the summer of 2020, when schools announced at-distance learning for the fall, First Pres felt called to use our resources to meet a serious, essential need: Affordable and subsidized out-of-home care for students whose parents had to work and faced the daunting horizon of job insecurity. So PresbyCare launched, welcoming 24 early elementary students in August of 2020, offering educational space and caring counselors to facilitate distance learning.
Through ten months, PresbyCare served as a lifeline for over thirty families impacted by the many difficulties and stresses of COVID. We transformed our fellowship hall, we hired staff to supervise and support student learning and activities, we brought in afternoon specialists, and we walked with many families in financial distress, providing generous scholarships.
It’s our community, and your part in it, that has sustained this effort.
You have prayed faithfully, supported generously, and encouraged continuously so that children and families would know what loving, supportive community looks like and feels like, even in tough times. The impact has gone deep, and the ripple effects abound. We cannot thank you enough!
As we look ahead, God is calling and equipping us to love one another and our neighbors all the more in the ups and downs of these seasons. So even as PresbyCare has successfully completed, we joyfully anticipate both familiar and new avenues of ministry, nourishment, and partnership in times to come. We look forward to continuing to join together!