AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - When you think about going on a mission you might be thinking thinking about being sent to far reaching points on the earth, well there is a pretty good mission taking place right here and it's called Mission Amarillo.
Executive director Jeff Parsons explains how some big needs are being met in the community.
"We have three mentoring programs", explains Parsons. "We have one called Driven, for young men ages 18-25. Usually these are young men coming from the fostering system or some kind of institutionalized care. It's a way of putting a mentor in a youn man's life."
"Then we have a program called Beloved and it's for teen moms. Typically if you are a daughter of a teen mom you are three times as likely to become one. We are trying to teach them about their own identity, who they are. We are a Christian based organization so we try to teach them what God thinks of them. Then we have the parent- child home program which focuses on children ages 2-4 in poverty. It helps them prepare them for school."
"The parent child home program is an amazing program", states home visitor Janae Swann. "It teaches moms to be the teachers. If you love reading and learning they are going to love reading and learning. If they see their parents doing it they are going to love it."
"Kids who complete PCHP, the parent child home program, are 30% more likely than their socio-economic peers to graduate high school and 50% less likely to need any level of special education", according to Parsons.
"A lot of our refugee families really struggle with how do I do this and how can I do that. Well, we are there twice a week and they can ask us questions to help them", explained Program Director Christy Jalbert. "They are learning to be American citizens and how to fit into Amarillo.
OK, Jeff, a lot of shoes in here. What's up with this place?
"This is our shoe closet and we give away brand new athletic type shoes. This is a good example, these shoes were donated by a local church. We put them in stock, here, and school counselors will send me an email saying I need a little girl's size 1or a men's 11 or whatever the case may be", Parsons continues.
So how many shoes has Mission Amarillo given away?
"1,134 pairs of shoes for this school year, we count a school year from July 1 - June 30th", according to Parsons.
So my math tells me that is 2, 268 feet that have been shoed by Mission Amarillo!
"Exactly", Parsons confirmed. "2,268 fee shoed in Bushland, Canyon, River Road, Highland Park, and Amarillo ISD."
Does this show the need for shoes, are you telling me that kids were wearing shoes like this?
"This is what kids wore to school, this is what we are replacing", Parsons confirmed. "What we hope to do through Mission Amarillo is be able to remind people hat God loves them."
A "Mission" if you will right here in Amarillo. Helping people through life, helping them with education, putting shoes on their feet and hope in their hearts. Now that's some good news! I'm Doppler Dave for Newschannel10