Kids Hope USA
What is Kids Hope USA?
Kids Hope USA (KHUSA) is a church–school relationship that works together to meet the emotional, social, and academic needs of children. It is a program that develops one-on-one mentoring relationships between adult members of a church organization and at-risk elementary school children in the community. This relationship is important because the adult is able to give a little of his or her time, along with a lot of love, to a child who desperately needs that love and care of an adult in their life.
KHUSA boasts the ability to create successful, sustainable, and life-changing partnerships between churches and schools. They developed the “One Child, One Hour, One Church, One School” model which pairs one partner church with one single school; further then, one church-sponsored mentor spends one hour each week during the school year with their one and only child at the school.
Providence CRC is a church partner of Kids Hope USA and is paired with Glenwood Elementary School of the Kentwood Public School system. Providence has 9 adult volunteer mentors, meaning we work with 9 at-risk children ranging from first grade through fifth grade. We also have 9 prayer partners supporting those mentors and praying for the specific children. Providence has been involved since 2002 and the director of this ministry is Kim Venema. Kim works hard at recruiting mentors and keeping the program running successfully. She has also planned many fun events for the kids to attend with their mentors throughout the year.
There is always room for you to get involved. Both mentors and prayer partners are volunteer roles. As school years change and new classes come in, or kids change schools, more volunteers are needed. Mentoring is not a tough task–it just takes an hour of your week, and some of your love to share.
Contact Megan Van Goor for more information.