I’ve Been Diagnosed… finally


My own case of ADHD—Advocate for the Dreamers, Harbor for the Downcast…. For the last few months, my husband and I along with our board members and many of our volunteers have been seeing that we are outgrowing the beautiful storage and packing space that a local church (Faith Chapel in Bethel) has so willingly … Continue reading I’ve Been Diagnosed… finally

Happy Anniversary to Us!


A year ago… I just couldn’t take it anymore. I couldn’t watch one more child be left out. I couldn’t handle one more child being belittled for things they could not control: poverty, hygiene, neglect, overworked parents, lice, overtired, lack of opportunity, hunger…. I knew I couldn’t stop it all, but if we could just … Continue reading Happy Anniversary to Us!

Enlarging Territory: My Buddy Sal


Meet Sal. He’s ten years old and he has wiggled into my heart. When I first met Sal, his Momma introduced him to me and explained that he had some speech problems and was a bit autistic. I met him right after Halloween. I remember the first time he came to my Sunday morning class. … Continue reading Enlarging Territory: My Buddy Sal

Life is not fair!


Life’s not fair. This past week, Empower Youth along with Community Christian Church, was able to take over 50 students to Chuck E Cheese. Not a big deal. Right? Actually, it was a big deal. There were many obstacles to avoid. We first had to look at the cost. With most of our students on … Continue reading Life is not fair!

empoweryouth.me


Taking a trip through Bethel, you can essentially find everything you need. We have various fast food chains, a sit down home style diner or two, two pizza places, a couple of drug stores, a 5 and Dime, churches on the main drag and some stacked just one street back–we have it all!  We have … Continue reading empoweryouth.me

Breaking Students Out Of Generational Poverty


Three years ago, a Dad brought his son to visit a local church in Bethel. As the brand new children’s minister of this small church, I was more than excited to take a plate of cookies to the home of my first new visitor. I was so happy to see that the home was within … Continue reading Breaking Students Out Of Generational Poverty