The picnic enabled us to discover and explore interests in common and build the foundation for future contact. Words are important...but a smile, shrug, eye roll...bond in a way that creates a memory of caring.
This time with our Boys Home young men gave us a unique opportunity to get to know them better and for them to have unstructured fun in a different place. They are such kind and good young men.
David and Bonnie Gates
Having barely gotten to meet let alone get to know our boys (Bereket and Mulu) before the pandemic set in, the picnic gave us a long overdue opportunity to connect with the boys in a very relaxed setting. Gail is looking forward to a rematch game of checkers with Mulu. Tossing the football with Bereket and Mulu while discussing our favorite college teams was fun for John and Hal. Though Lexington was experiencing a shower, we remained dry at the Gates estate.
Gail and John Dickerson
Boys Home Cottage Sponsorship
The Grace Church Christian Outreach Committee supports Boys Home financially with funds for both scholarships and a Cottage Sponsorship . The Cottage Sponsorship also includes a hands-on component in which parishioners have selected one or two boys in the cottage to sponsor in a variety of personalized ways. During the Covid hiatus on in-person gatherings, sponsors communicated with their boys via email and snail mail. The recent picnic at the Gates home marked a long-awaited turning point that allowed the boys and sponsors to gather in person. We are currently looking for a Cottage Sponsorship coordinator to assist in planning events at Boys Home and in Lexington, and communicating with sponsors and Cottage house parent. If you are interested in serving as a sponsor or sponsor coordinator please contact Anna Crockett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 460-3254 for details.