We empower limited means K-12 youth and their families to overcome individual challenges in order to achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Through out-of-school programming, and using a long-term, relationally-based and holistic approach to development, we work to enrich the mind, body and spirit. We assist with academic needs, teach social and emotional learning skills, provide other life skills and introduce youth to experiences they might not otherwise enjoy. Our youth come from families that struggle to help their children achieve their potential because they are burdened with their own issues. Our work with families provides support to mitigate situations impacting our students, such as hunger, homelessness, inadequate transportation, financial instability and other Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Imagine this – an elderly lady walks unannounced into our office asking for a former employee. We explain that she is no longer with us, but ask if we can help her. The lady smiles and says:
“Oh, I didn’t really have anything specific. I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate the love and support Loaves and Fishes gave my grand-daughter in your program. I know she was a handful, but you stuck with her. She just graduated as a nurse and I just wanted to say thank you.”
Every month, we invite our children and their families to join us for fellowship as well as training in such topics as money management, building resilience in response to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), housing alternatives, nutrition, and other topics of interest.
Students enrolled in our out of school program may participate from pre-K until they graduate from high school. Based on the individual needs of each student, we provide a variety of activities and support, including:
• Homework assistance in partnership with public school teachers
• Healthy snacks to supplement frequently inadequate nutrition
• Life skills and workplace readiness training
• Exercise and fun activities
• Experiential learning in and out of the classroom
• Communication and coordination with families and teachers.