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When Scott and Lori Conley visited the Cape Cod home two streets from their little church, they realized that looks are indeed deceiving. The small “starter” home that had seen better days was the address of a young child and his Dad who had just visited their church. Lori jumped at the chance to visit the little boy with a balloon and plate of cookies. As Scott and Lori approached the door of the house, it appeared that this home had been divided into 5 apartments and the young man’s family name was not on the door. After knocking for a bit, Scott and Lori turned to leave only to be startled by an older gentlemen coming from the side of building. He asked them who they were looking for and after they spoke the name, the man pointed to the cellar saying the single parent family had just moved in there. The cellar door was plywood, there was a padlock on the outside (which meant they weren’t home), and Lori’s heart dropped. Things changed immediately for Lori and Scott. She had her “why” and “now, what” questions answered. This began a heart song for the children of Bethel in poverty and quickly spread to neighboring towns. Within just 3 years of coming to Bethel, Scott and Lori began Empower Youth as a community based initiative to invite the community in to the life of the children who desperately needed them.

We Won! And the beat goes on…

You can read up on our exciting news in this months Newsletter October! We are so proud to be able to have Sandy Marquez join our EY team as a paid staff member through the grant. She is working tirelessly on curriculum for the Middle School and has just been commissioned by Bethel Tate High School to begin working on a 40 week curriculum to be launched next year.

This week we will be launching our work in Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary School by delivering 19 weekend food bags to help food insecure students have an easier time of getting through the weekend. Even more exciting is the partnership with Connect Church in providing the funds and the delivery driver to take on this new initiative.

Finally it’s time to talk turkey and Christmas! This year Empower Youth through our partnerships with other organizations will be providing full turkey meals for all of our students receiving weekend food bags. That’s meals for more than 700 students. Students should be receiving forms in their bags or in a separate hand-out from the schools and need to turn those in as soon as possible. Please contact Lori Conley at toempoweryouth@gmail.com for questions on how to receive a turkey meal if you know someone who could use one.

Our Christmas program is going to be a bit different this year. We are doing a very interactive Christmas with on-site parties and gift giving on December 15. This means we need our elves to purchase gifts and also volunteer to help us provide an incredible Winter Carnival for all of our children. If you are interested please seek out our volunteer line: volunteer.empoweryouth@gmail.com.

There is something for everyone to do at Empower Youth– young or old– we have a place for you!


Empower Youth serves students in 5 school districts using the time, talent, and finances of the communities around them. We answer the needs of each school in a variety of ways leaving much room for volunteers to find a “niche” to facilitate lasting change in the life of a child.

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October 21, 2018

On July 3rd, Lori Conley, our Executive Director, received the news of her diagnosis of a rare form of gallbladder cancer. We are excited to post that Lori just finished with a pet scan that showed no visible form of cancer. She is still fighting this horrible disease as it is known for microscopic cancer cells. As of this posting, Lori still has 32 more chemotherapy and radiation treatments until her next scan.

We are confident for her recovery and she definitely is hard to hold back from the ranch. Please continue to pray for her and Scott as they duke this out! We also want to thank everyone who has made donations to Empower Youth and designated it for Lori and Scott’s health account. Lori receives a small monthly stipend from us and the extra funds designated for her health have allowed them to stay on top of all their medical bills to date. They could not do this without your help!

The picture below is Lori and Scott at the beginning of this year– Lori in her rare form! She tackles everything with humor! Please keep praying for her recovery and be ready for what she unleashes in the coming months to fight food insecurity and give all students in Appalachia a strong hand up from struggles into success!

Have a Fierce New Year!


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