In January 2016, we were able to share flip-flops with the school children in blue creek, corazon creek, otoxha and san lucas in southwestern belize as part of a mission partnership with the all saints parish mission team.
Boukan Tony, La Croix, Haiti
Stay tuned for project report on well project from our December 2016 trip.
Community Living, St. Peters, Missouri
IMPACT doesn't always mean giving something away. One of the most amazing blessings has been our partnership with several local organizations. The impact isn't always impact on others, there's also a tremendous impact on our own lives through partnerships created.
In September 2015, we began a partnership with Community Living, right here in our own community. Community Living is an organization that focuses on enriching the lives of people with disabilities. Their day program clients are able to sort, rubber band and count the shoes in to bags for us. This impacts them by creating a job for them. But it also impacts us through the relationships developed with both the staff and clients at the centers.
Bright Futures Lincoln County
The mission of Bright Futures is "Together... committing all that we are to enrich the life of a child." Bright Futures Lincoln County works within the Lincoln County R-III School District in Missouri to connect student needs with existing community resources. The Bright Futures model brings together businesses, human service agencies, faith-based organizations, and parent groups and partners them with schools in a way that helps them to quickly and efficiently meet students’ basic needs – often within 24 hours. This enables students and teachers to focus on education and achieving success.
Where does Shoes & Hope fit in? We are working on a county wide shoe drive beginning with a local church in Troy, MO. We will pull out children's shoes that are in good condition and those shoes will stay in the Lincoln County communities. The remainder of the shoes will be donated to Shoes & Hope to raise funds for "Bright Futures Lincoln County Latrines."
We want to show people that one persons "trash" can be used to impact something good. The funds from the sale of these shoes will be used to fund latrines in Quebrada de Agua, Guatemala in the name of Bright Futures Lincoln County.
We will also pull from our new shoe stock as specific shoe needs are posted.