Summer Picnics Are Here

Last year, Empower Youth broke out into Burke Park with one goal– connect our community in a way that no matter your background, paystub, or facebook status that we could all come together and have a great time enjoying our families, our neighbors, and meeting new friends along the way.  We had a fantastic success. … Continue reading Summer Picnics Are Here

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

We are birthing an elephant!

In May of 2015, I wrote an article called It’s Only Sunday and the following week I wrote about a terrible Mother’s Day for another one of our youth. I wanted to take a moment to update you on these families. From “It’s Only Sunday”, it wasn’t long until the family returned to it’s usual … Continue reading We are birthing an elephant!

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!