Hope's Path April 2017 Newsletter
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April 2017 Newsletter
NEEDS
CALLING ALL CARS
(AND DRIVERS)!

Our goal here at Hope's Path is to help launch disadvantaged but determined youth into independence.  An investment in the determined and willing youth of today is an investment in tomorrow, and an investment in tomorrow is time and energy well spent!  The biggest future investment opportunity currently available here at Hope's Path involves, (but is not exactly limited to) driving.  In last month's newsletter we celebrated a 100% employment rate for our guys.  In order to keep best serving them as a helpful support system on their road to maturity and adulthood, we need people who are willing to contribute their time and talents so that they can start making it out there in the "real world."  We are looking for people who are willing to drive the guys to and from work and school.  We are looking for people who will donate their used vehicles to Hope's Path, so we can resell them to the guys at an affordable price and they can have some equity in it themselves, (which will also result in the contributor getting a tax-write off for donating to a non-profit organization).  We are looking for small dealership partners who will help us find the cars for the best prices that we can resell to our guys.  We are looking for insurance agents who will help us find the best rates and premiums for our guys to drive with.  We are looking for people with mechanical skills who can volunteer time and energy to God's Garage where they will look over donated cars so that they will be in the best shape possible for our guys.  If you or someone you know is ready to make an investment in these leaders of tomorrow in any of these ways, contact Program Director, Jeremiah Belyeu at jeremiah.belyeu@hopespath.org!     
MORE SPECIFICALLY:
  • COOKING ASSISTANTS to coach our guys!  We are looking for volunteers who will assist the guys in preparing a meal for all the residents of the House on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.  More specifically, we are looking for people who will stay and fellowship with the guys as well as help them find their way around the kitchen!  If you or someone you know is interested in giving your time and attention in this way, click here to sign-up for a day and time!    
  • SOCIAL MEDIA ADVOCATE
  • GRANT WRITER OR EXPERIENCED FUNDRAISER
  • VOLUNTEERS to join our Open Table mentors!  One of our program participants is graduating in May from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. We are looking to create a career launch table for him.  We are specifically seeking career professionals and retirees who would like to be on an 8-month table to help him launch his career and independence outside of the House (Criminal Justice background is not necessary).  In addition, we are in desperate need of black mentors.  As Howard, one of our interns asked, "Can I have someone of my own color on my table?" Please help us extend our network and pass the word around that the guys of Hope's Path are needing mentors of color!!!  To answer either of these needs, contact Jeremiah at the email address listed above!
Is God Calling
You To Help?
Feel like God is calling you to help Hope's Path?
If you want to help, but aren't sure how, join our talent database!
(If you would like to become a part of our talent database, please go to https://hopespath.org/volunteer/ to register.)
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH
#GoBlueSHSU!

April 7th was Go Blue Day on SHSU campus in Huntsville! Out in front of the main student center building, tables were set up with representives from multiple organizations involved in caring for our communities foster youth in order to get the word out to students about the fatherless in our community. 












The afternoon was kicked off with a performance by the North Houston Boys Choir, and followed by a commemorative ceremony hosted by CPS Regional Director, Leisha Fisher.

The ceremony included three balloon releases. Three dove balloons were released in memory of the children that passed away last year in foster care due to abuse. Forty light blue balloons were released representing each of the forty children currently in foster care in Walker County. The finally balloon release included 288 dark balloons that each represented 50 children currently in foster care in the State of Texas. 

The ceremony was concluded by a closing performance by the boys choir as well as a performance by our own SHSU Alumni, Adam Anderson and Marcel Harrison who provided a welcoming atmosphere for passerby students to stop by and learn more about foster care in our community.  
God's kingdom of love was definitely further spread that day!
THANK-YOU

Thank-You,

Jeremiah 29:11 Sponsors!
On March 10th, Hope's Path treated some special donors to a "Taste of Italy" lasagna dinner at the house: Craig & Sheila Charbonnet, Brian & Whitney, Jay & Dianna Gross, and Terri & Pat Jaggers! 

Everyone at Hope's Path sincerely appreciates the efforts and contributions of all of our sponsors!  Thank you for all you do for Hope's Path and helping us care for the orphan!
WE LOVE Our Sponsors:
  
We would like to express our sincere love and say "Thank-You!" to our March donors and sponsors.
Jeremiah 29:11 Sponsors
Carl Friddle
Jaba Interest LLC

March Path Leaders
Judy Callender
Shout-Out to Stonebridge!

On April 8th, from 9 am to 1 pm, our friends from Stonebridge Church came and lent a hand in our front yard landscaping here at the Hope's Path House!  Cars were washed, sidewalks were swept, mulch was poured, and character was certainly built as well as friendships certainly strengthened by the collective effort of the team shown above. 


Thank-You, Montgomery County Food Bank and Mattress Firm!

On Friday March 17th, Hope's Path received another bundle of blessings from the local food bank.  This donation consisted of spectacular delivery of pillows, followed by a great stress-relieving activity as shown above!  Also, several boxes of cosmetics, (mostly women's), which now has our guys anxious to find others in the local community whom they can bless with the abundance they've been gifted!  The gift of giving is truly a valuable experience in the growing of leaders.  We truly have a good, good Father! 

Then again on April 17th we recieved all of the box spring we need for the beds here at Hope's Path. Thank you Mattress Firm for this generous contribution! We are truly grateful for Mattress Firm stepping up and saying YES, how can we use our talents to help! The Food Bank was also able to once again use their talents and helps us receive this blessing by delivering the box springs to Hope's Path since we did not have a vehicle big enough.

 
Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

THANK YOU Dean Bass and Spirit of Texas Bank for the GREAT FRONT ROW SEATS to the Astros game!!!!!! This was Nicole and Zach's first Major League Baseball game!!! 
Our application is now available! 
For more information on How to apply email Jeremiah.Bleyeu@HopesPath.org for more information.

April Calendar


April 12th
  • Hope's Path Board Meeting
April 19th
  • OCS Lunch
April 20th
  • Lonestar College Resource Fair (12:30-2) @ Montgomery County Campus
April 27th
  • Concert for Hope for Child Abuse Awareness (5:30pm) on Market Street (9595 Six Pines Drive) in The Woodlands. Cover-band, Breakfast At Tiffany's performing from 6-8:30pm
April 28th-29th
  • Love Fosters Hope's Empowered to Connect Conference Simulcast
April 29th
  • OCS Adoption Festival
FEATURES
         Meet Chris!

Chris is the newest member and resident of Hope's Path.  He's a bright-eyed young man who has seen some of the darker sides of life, especially having been homeless for a few years before joining the program.  His early rebellious nature and the lack of a feeling of truly belonging led him into trouble throughout his childhood, out of his foster parents' house at 17, and eventually down to Texas where his hopes for a new beginning were all but completely dashed by addiction.  However, he's come a long way since the day that he left his home-state of Michigan.  These days, Chris has a steady job, a mentor he genuinely respects, and a promising possible career as well as personal goals to give back however he can.  
Chris was directed to Hope's Path by Jeremy from Church Project, (the church he is with now).  Jeremy told Chris to get in touch with Hope's Path Program Director, Jeremiah Belyeu, and the conversation about Chris coming to join the Hope's Path family began from there.  Chris didn't start going to church until recently, but he says that he was welcomed into a good foster family, having been in foster care up until then.  Though he made a habit of acting out and "making bad choices" while he lived with his foster family and left home at 17 years old, he and his foster parents still keep in touch.  Chris continued to make bad choices out on the road until he decided that he would try as much of a change in scenery as he could manage and he made his way down to Texas, hoping he would find the change that he needed in his life.  However, his habits stuck with him, and he continued to misbehave until he happened upon Hope Beyond Bridges, (a homeless ministry), and met John; the man who led him to Church Project, and by whom Chris is mentored and encouraged today.  God truly is working all things together from underneath.  Chris is grateful that he has someone in his life who motivates him, is a good role model as well as a good business man, and an altogether healthy family man who is connected with the Lord.  He cherishes the times that they spend in the car listening to faith-based motivational speaking together.  When he's not spending time with John, Chris is either at air-conditioning school, or working at New Luxe Bath & Glass.  He feels very fortunate to be working for a boss who treats him so well and to have a job that he loves, as he says that he never had that before his position at New Luxe.  He intends to stay with New Luxe for at least a year, and to make use of his air-conditioning education once he sees it through.  Chris' plans after Hope's Path include owning his own piece of land, working for a good company, and being connected with different ministries and different churches, hopefully mentor someone himself.  
He hopes to be able to do much more fishing, (as that is his favorite thing to do besides watch football and keep up with the Wolverines).  But the big picture for Chris will look like reaching out a helping hand to people who struggle with addictions such as alcoholism; "There's only so much you can do to help somebody that's in that place, but at the same time, they can be helped.  I mean, I know what helped me."  He also wants to use whatever resources he has to invest in the future of other foster kids and the homeless, whether it looks like actually giving time to volunteering how he can or just financial contributions.  But ultimately, Christ wants to inspire others with his life in the way that he's being inspired: in leading by example. 
               
Volunteer
of the Month!
Julie White-Davis is our Hope's Path volunteer of the month for April!  Julie White-Davis has been involved with Hope’s Path since its launch last November.  Even before the Hope’s Path House opened, a couple of the guys joined her family for Thanksgiving at their house.  Her family includes her husband, Tim, (who helped set up the computers in the House during opening week), and her 8 beloved children whose ages range from 4-14; 2 of whom are adopted.  She volunteers for Orphan Care Solutions as well as Hope’s Path, is a full-time college student at Texas A&M, a Montgomery County CASA Advocate, and a Girl Scout leader.  Amidst such a full house, homework, and her cadets, she made time to sew stockings for the Hope’s Path Christmas party, helped head up the Christmas Wish campaign last year, will be in charge of the Backpack Drive this year,  and still today makes time to come help the guys cook every Thursday night, (which sometimes looks like cooking with them at her house).  Though she thoroughly enjoys that, one of her favorite memories is definitely making gingerbread houses at the House with the guys at the Christmas party this past December.  Julie says her passion for foster care definitely flows from her desire to see others spared from experiencing near as much difficulty as she went through during the kinship placement process with her two adopted boys.  That passion inspired her to start earning her Sociology degree from Texas A&M, and has also inspired her dream to go from there to work for the CPS’ Defense Attorney’s office as a Child Advocacy Lawyer.  She says, “I want to represent the agency and to be the good-guy on the case…”  She is excited to pursue that dream, but also enjoys watching and helping her kids pursue their passions.  Her oldest is involved in football, track, and band.  She also has a daughter who plays drums, and two kids who anxious to join the ranks of the junior high band in the upcoming year as saxophonists, but several of her kids are very active where sports are concerned.  She told us, concerning her busy schedule, “You name it sport-wise, we’re usually going.”  While Julie dreams of bringing about some reform in foster care from the inside one day, she considers her main responsibility and her primary dream to be raising “world-changer kids” alongside her husband who “are loving one another and the people around us.”  If you feel moved by Hope’s Path’s mission, or you really just want to contribute to foster kids’ lives, but don’t feel confident in your ability to make an impact, Julie has these words for you: “It’s not up to us: whether or not we feel like we can make an impact.  It’s up to what the Lord can do by the willingness of our heart to say ‘yes.  We don’t control the impact.  You can’t just do one thing and see an impact…just each individual movement of your body controls the atoms around your finger.  You don’t realize what the impact is once [until?] they all compound together and push things or move things.  So how can we see an impact if we don’t stick around long enough to see it change?  Plus, if you’re only in it for what you can get out of it, you’re in it for the wrong reasons.   
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