This week I celebrated my FIRST year with the RUSC Kinship program on May 26th! My first year has been the program's first year also so, we have seen lots of firsts and it is always new and excited! I am most excited to see what the next year holds for us.
As many of you know our Board Chair, Jeanne Ennen had received grant funding from the Bush Foundation that funded our start-up and a year of programming so, thankfully we had the luxury of building relationships and doing a lot of outreach in our first year. Although, the time has come that we must depend on our community to support the program if it is something that we see as valuable to our community's livelihood and want to see continue and to grow.
RUSC Kinship Mentoring is in essence a hub for families seeking support and new opportunities for their children. Our program provides the infrastructure, support, and security needed to connect families to other caring adults from our community who want to help provide positive relationships and role models for the young people in our community. In its nature, and as a private organization, we depend on local financial support and volunteers to ensure this program continues to exist in Stevens County.
We have been keeping busy planning an event which creates a fun opportunity for you all to show your support for the program. On June 9th we will be gathering at the West Central Research and Outreach Center from 5:30 to 8:30pm. We will beginning serving a meal at 5:30 until 7. There will also be a variety of unique "growing" or "garden" themed silent auction items to bid on. Beginning at 7:00 we will have a brief program about our mentoring program and our "community patio project".
We will give a sneak peek to those of you reading:
This project is a way for our program and the youth in our program to have a tangible connection to our community, but the proceeds from the brick sales will be used to support our general operating costs.
Our office will be closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.
Until next week,