In 2014, we began a a new phase of a long-standing partnership between our congregation and Inspirica (formerly St. Luke’s LifeWorks), an outstanding agency dedicated to the elimination of homelessness in lower Fairfield County. Our Outreach Committee chose Inspirica as the recipient of its first Leadership grant of $105,000 to be distributed over a three-year period. The grant was seed money to fund a new early childhood learning center.
On January 19, the Early Childhood Education and Parenting program at Inspirica was launched with the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. Several local dignitaries attended along with our clergy and members of the Outreach Committee. To say that we are proud to be members of RHCC is an understatement. Children are the most effective way to break the cycle of homelessness. This is especially true for children ages 0 to 5.
Inspirica’s Early Childhood and Parenting Program has two goals: to ensure that the youngest, most vulnerable children receive the foundational skills they need to develop in line with their peers who are not homeless; and to ensure that the parents learn essential parenting skills. The early childhood component combines instruction with state-of-the-art sensory experiences for children and builds critical language, pre-literacy, and social and emotional skills. The parenting component includes classes such as bonding, effective communication, discipline, and encouraging positive behavior. It further teaches parents how to incorporate these activities into their daily lives after they leave Inspirica.
Inspirica is looking for volunteers to help with this program, in the afternoons from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to noon. If you are interested, please contact Church Office.
There are also opportunities to volunteer at Inspirica in programs that are specially designed to strengthen and encourage the lives of children and youth who are moving from homelessness to more permanent housing. Our day to help at Inspirica’s Youth Center, which operates every day after school during the academic year, is Tuesday afternoon. The Youth Center is a dedicated space for children to continue to achieve academically, emotionally, and socially while they are living at Inspirica with their families. Help prepare and serve a healthy after-school snack, assist with children ages five to fifteen, and supervise positive recreational activities. Appropriate for adults who enjoy working with children and mature youth volunteers (age fifteen and up).
Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 141 Franklin Street in Stamford.
On the third Monday of each month, you can help with cooking and serving a meal for the homeless shelter at Inspirica.
For more information, contact the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-869-1091.
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