Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 October 2010 16:48 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 26 October 2010 16:45
Our Seniors in the City work program at FOCUS Gateway City continues to thrive because of your generous gifts. Once a month we help seniors do much needed repairs on their homes. This allows them to stay independent and comfortable in familiar surroundings for as long as possible, even when age and illness would keep them from basic, though much needed, maintenance. Through the Seniors in the City program, we met Mr. Jones, a gentleman in his 80’s who was one of the first African Americans to move in to his neighborhood in the 1970s. At Mr. Jones’ house we were able to fix several broken windows that were exposing him to the elements. He told us how blessed he was to get such help.
Also we continue to reach out to people who come to our weekly meals. There we’ve met a boy, Jackson, who comes to the meals with his mother. Originally from Haiti, they have made their home in the St.Louis area, still dealing with the trauma and upheaval caused by the earthquake earlier this year. For Jackson and the other kids who attend our meals with their families, we have been able to provide them with school supplies to start them off with the tools they need to cope at school. Your gifts continue to allow FOCUS Gateway City to reach out and give hope to people like Mr. Jones and Jackson.