Need after school care? The Matthews nonprofit Christ Our Shepherd Ministries is now accepting applications for the upcoming school year for many of its programs.
Since 1996 the Christian organization at 230 W. John St. has done what they can to help the area’s single-parent families with scholarships, Thanksgiving dinners, use of their food pantry and many other services. But the campus programs are open to all families.
The nonprofit provides full-time childcare, preschool, mother’s day out from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., summer camp, after- school care and a Christian library.
“For those that are qualified financially then they get scholarships for their childcare or after school or their summer camp. We can give up to half off for summer camp if they qualify or any other program we offer,” Leigh Swann, coordinator for the Single-Parent Program, said. Single-parent families are eligible to receive scholarships for all programs, though there are none left for this school year.
But the nonprofit is still accepting applications for a wait list.
Parents who chose to use the service are required to live separate from their ex-boyfriends, ex-husbands or spouse, have to attend mandatory classes provided by Christ Our Shepherd and must volunteer for events held on campus.
And community volunteers are always needed.
“One need that we have is, when I do the classes I serve dinner so I am always needing a group that might want to provide a meal to those parents and their children. I usually have about 40 to 45 people that I serve dinner to,” Swann said.
To help with the coming school year Christ Our Shepherd also provides single-parent families with donated school supplies.
Want to know more?
For more information about Christ Our Shepherd Ministries, including a list of program fees, call 704-845-4673 or visit www.cosministries.org. Donations of school supplies, food pantry items and more are needed.
Ciera Choate, email@example.com