Happy Fall Y’all! Our September 6th meeting started with guest speaker Sondra Ajasin with TruLight127 Ministries. TruLight127 gets its name from James 1:27 which reminds us to look after orphans and widows. Sondra founded TruLight three years ago when God let her know she needed to do more for foster children. She had already worked with Child Protective Services for awhile and a private agency before forming TruLight127 which began in June of 2015. They initially began as support services to families CPS was putting kids with, provided cribs, car seats, diapers, wipes, clothes etc. as the kids arrive in the homes with nothing except the clothes on their backs. In December 2015 they received their license from the State to be able to license foster families. In June of 2016 they received their contract to actually place kids in the foster homes. Their goal was to help 20 kids that first year, and they had 11 by that first August and seven months later in January 2017 they had 48 kids. At the end of 2017 they had 112 kids in care and had helped over 200.
Currently they have 149 kids in foster homes and 72 foster families. They constantly get middle of the night calls, sometimes consisting of sibling groups of 8 and 9 members. The kids have to go somewhere and so they sometimes end up going to other regions if there are no foster homes available in the area. In June they started looking for land to build homes so the kids don’t get split up. They found 10 acres in Guadalupe County and purchased the land and have already put one home on the property. SJRC, our Matching Funds recipient, who she is a licensed Foster Parent with. On December 15th TruLight127 will host a Christmas party for all of their foster families where every kid, foster or biological, will get a present. Currently there are around 300 children that will receive presents this year. They serve lunch and set up arts and craft tables and different things so the kids have fun and the parents can relax. They also make sure there are extra presents so that after the Christmas party any children that come in for foster care will not be left out. Every event they do they go all out for it and every October they have a fall festival. The kids have enough bad memories so they try to give them the best time so they remember their time fondly at TruLight127.
They also have a project called Foster of Destiny which is a six month calendar to help support some of the foster families with a different theme each month to make it fun. Its a gift to the fostering families to let them know the community thanks them for what they are doing and to give them a fun family night. The cost runs around $25-$50 a month. If anyone is interested they can contact anyone at the ministry and they will give you the ages of the members of the household and what they need or could use. Things like movie night for the family. For inquiries contact them at 210-858-9216 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our rummage sale is on September 15 in the parking lot of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Universal City to benefit SJRC (St Jude Ranch for Children). Anyone wanting more information or tours of their facilities are always welcome and donations will also be accepted at this time. For more information please visit their website www.sjrctexas.org and join us in helping this awesome organization. For those of you unable to attend please go to their website and donate to this awesomely worthy cause! If you prefer to call, their numbers are 210-592-1156 for San Antonio and 830-629-0659 for New Braunfels.
Make a Difference Day is Friday October 26 at TruCare Living Centers at 16550 Retama Pkwy, Selma, TX 78154 beginning at 2 pm and we will be hosting bingo for the residents with prizes donated by our members.
For anyone interested in attending our next meeting on October 4th the main dish will be Costco pizza and everyone bring a favorite side dish or desert as well as wear your favorite costume. Prizes will be awarded for best adult and junior costume so good luck to everyone.
Members in attendance were 18 adults, 3 juniors and 2 guests. Attendance award winners were Dena Warneke and Tracy Campos, junior winner was Barrett Kuhlman. Special drawing was # 067 Timothy Roe Yochum who was not present, next month the amount grows to $28.
Side dish winner was green bean casserole by Cliff Shepherd and the best dessert was Joy Brown’s homemade pie.
Congratulations to John and Gail Gray and Mike and Dena Warneke who are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this month as well as happy birthday wishes to Cory Rakowitz and Zane Gray who both celebrate their birthdays in September.