The Vashti Voice
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From Our Executive Director
Summer Fun for All

Summer at Vashti is like summer anywhere else with kids. We are doing our best to keep our kids busy, taking trips, going to the pool, helping some find jobs, and engaging them in our community. This summer we have been blessed at Vashti to have so many groups spend time on our campus. Some have helped with landscaping, some have spent time in fellowship with our youth, but all of them have had a heart to help us fulfill our mission.
 
One special group that comes every summer that I would like to thank and recognize is the United Methodist Women of the Southwest Georgia District. Every year they organize a Vashti Fun Day. They schedule games and activities (this year included a water bouncy house slide to beat the heat), a delicious meal, and a special time for worship. Each year there is a different theme, and this year it was "Sock it to me" and everyone wore crazy socks. This is a wonderful experience for our youth and staff and I am very thankful to all the United Methodist Women who participate every year and for their incredible support.
 
As summer draws to a close, it is also time to start thinking about going back to school. Just like every other child we need to prepare our Vashti children with everything that they need for a new school year. With that in mind we are always open to receiving back to school supplies and donations to benefit our children. I encourage you to visit our website to learn more about how you can help one our kids get ready for school.

Blessings,
Elijah
UMW Vashti Fun Day 2018
UMW volunteers ready for the day!


The annual UMW Vashti Fun Day was another great success! This annual event, coordinated by the Southwest District of the UMW, is always full of fun, games, and fellowship. This year was no different. With over 40 UMW volunteers, our campus was packed with women who love the Lord and 
who love to serve. 

This year's theme was all about the redeeming love of Christ, how that works in our lives, and how we can rely on that love. Our youth were able to hear from different speakers who's life experience wasn't too different than some of their own. We started the day with worship, moved on to a variety of fun filled games, and ended with lunch. Afterwards, our youth were able to use the GIANT bounce slide all afternoon. It was a fantastic day!



We could not do our ministry without the love, prayers, and support of our  United Methodist Women, and we are always thankful. If your UMW group would like to have more information on how to be involved, come for a visit, or have one of our staff come speak at your church or meeting, contact Susan O'Neal at susano@vashti.org or (229)226-4634.





Legacy
As we make our way towards fall, a time of change and routine, it is a time for us to spend time with our loved ones and reflect on our life and the impact we will leave on the world. Remember us in your will and help us continue to keep God as our cornerstone as we serve children and families in need. 

For information on how to make a legacy gift to Vashti, call Susan O'Neal at 226-4634.

Sprinting Back to School
As with all good things, they must come to an end, including this fabulous summer! Just like other families, we'll be making the same excursion to the store so that our kids are fully prepared to get back into the classroom. We'll make sure that their backpacks are full of freshly sharpened pencils, brand new notebooks, and that fancy calculator. 
Not only will we be equipping our youth with brand new school supplies, we'll be welcoming some new ones into the fold. Summer is a time of transition for our youth, and we're always hit with a double edged sword when they get to go back home. We're ecstatic that they have accomplished so much and are able to return to loved ones, but also sad that they will be leaving us. But, it does mean that we have the opportunity to welcome new youth into our community. The new additions will need to be outfitted with new clothing, new shoes, and new toiletry items, all in addition to the needs for attending school. 

If you'd like to help our kids start the year out with their best foot forward, click here or text (912)348-8760 to donate online. 

For additional questions about donations, please contact Liz Williams at lizw@vashti.org or (229)226-4634.
Campus Updates
New pool fence
Our campus is changing, and we couldn't be more excited. We've reported before that we were awarded a couple of amazing grants that would fundamentally change the look of our campus, and those projects are currently underway. 

Basketball Pavilion

The first change was a new fence around our pool. It's much like the ones you see at your neighborhood pool - classic and made to last. We love it!

The second change was a bit more dramatic. Our new basketball pavilion has created a fantastic new atmosphere. It's not fully finished yet, but the asphalt was just poured, the electricians have done the wiring, and now we eagerly await the next steps. Our kids love being outside, especially when it comes to basketball, so to say that the excitement is building is an understatement!
Mental Health Awareness Day 2018
Our first Mental Health Awareness Day event was a success! We were joined by some of our local colleagues to help share information and resources with families in our community. Kids of all ages enjoyed the bounce house and live music from the Moving Forward Concert Choir. Hot dogs were expertly grilled by local law enforcement, and volunteers were readily available to help wherever needed. 

Many thanks to everyone that enjoyed the day with us! Our community is better when we are able to share and work towards a healthier and happier community. 





Our Quarter In Pictures
The annual board retreat was a success, in largepart because of this great chef! (Board member David Flowers)



United Methodist Women from the SW District at Mission U.



The Surrender Youth Choir from Dublin UMC played games with us and then performed.
Save the Date - Dinner on the Bricks 2018


It's that time again - our annual fundraiser, Dinner on the Bricks! Tables go on sale August 1. For more information, contact Susan O'Neal or 
Liz Williams at (229)226-4634.
Why Our Mission Matters


A Word on Our Chaplain
The summer in the Methodist Church is always full of fun, excitement, and transitions. We at Vashti are not immune to the flurry of activity and changes, and so it is with great sadness as well as great joy to report that our chaplain of 6 years, Pastor Shane Lovvorn, has been appointed to another position. He's still in Thomasville, so he's able to continue be a fantastic advocate for our agency, but is serving Dawson Street Methodist Church as their full time pastor. 

We're so thankful for the many years of service and dedication that Pastor Shane has given us, but it leaves us with a hole in our agency. If you or someone you know would like to be our next chaplain, email or call our Human Resources Coordinator Tracy Howell at (229)226-4634, or tracyh@vashti.org.
With God as our cornerstone, we foster healing, hope, and transformation to empower and promote resiliency in children, families, and communities in Georgia.


Vashti is in a covenant relationship with the United Methodist Women national office.
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