Donations: we have raised over $220,000 to date.
- Over 1,500 different donors since January (a record number of donors to the program)
- Ecuador trips stand at a total of just about $40,000, exceeding the goal we wanted to raise for the Working Boys' Center
- Tennessee trips are slightly below our fundraising goal at this time
Donations can still be submitted to Mrs. Porco at the Prep.
As they have done twice before, Turner will partner with our Tennessee 3 group, supplying materials for a new home in Scott County and sending a crew of workers from their Nashville office to work alongside our group. Many thanks to the McFadden family and to Mr. Peter Davoren, the President of Turner Construction, who have made this incredible donation possible.
Two families have been approved for homes we will sponsor this summer.
- The Housleys are a family of four. Tyler is a 25-year-old father that works at the local Wal-Mart while his wife, Lakisha, is a 27-year-old stay-at-home mom. They have a 1-year-old daughter, Elise, and a 6-year-old daughter, Kinley, who is enrolled in Robbins Elementary school. Their current rental home, which was built in the 1940’s, has a basement that constantly holds water. This has caused the floors to buckle in the childrens' bedrooms from all the moisture. There is also black mold on the ceilings and walls in the bedrooms and bathroom. The couple want have a safe, decent home for their children. At the home visit, Lakisha said, “even if I don’t deserve a new home, my kids sure do.”
- The Jones family consists of Wanda, a retired 68-year-old widow, and her daughter, Allison, who is 25 years old and works in a local factory. They live in a house that was built in 1946 and has a leaky roof and un-level floors. Wanda said her worry was that the roof could collapse on them at any time. Their new home will be built beside their old home; the old house will be torn down as soon as they move in.
God's Hands for Humanity: our May 5 fundraising event
Co-sponsored by the Fathers' Club and the Christian Service Immersion Program, this event allows cost to never be an issue in any student's consideration of whether he would like to participate in a service immersion trip. We set the bar high at last year's event, both for the fun we had but also the money we raised, and we hope to meet that standard again this year.
- There will be plenty of food and drink, live music and giveaways, and an opportunity to hear from some students who have participated in the trips.
- Parents can register for the event at https://www.fordhamprep.org/
- For those who cannot join us, donations can also be made through the same registration link
- The family of one of our Tennessee trip participants has generously offered to donate a foursome at Hudson National Golf Club to be auctioned off at the event on May 5th. The Tom Fazio-designed course is among the best in the Tri-State area and has consistently been ranked as one of the Top 100 courses in the US by Golf Digest. For anyone who would like to bid on this special opportunity prior to May 5th, please let me know.
God's Hands for Humanity BBQ
Friday, May 5
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Hall of Honor and Mentors' Court
$60 per person
Join us for drinks, BBQ & music
Please feel free to contact Mr. Nelson Ritter (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
In addition to the four-year service requirement, students can also volunteer to travel to Camden, NJ, the Appalachia Mountain Region of Tennessee, and Quito, Ecuador to live in community and to provide material assistance to residents in need. Our young men do much-needed building and home repairs for people who are not able to do or afford the work. Lasting from a week to ten days, most of these trips take place in the summer.
To learn more about this year's Christian Service Immersion Trips to Camden, Tennessee and Ecuador follow the link below.