Here at Teen Lifeline we wanted to take a moment to let you know how things have gone this past year and that we are excited about the upcoming opportunities 2013 holds. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received in many ways. Through donations both financial and in-kind, volunteer hours, services offered, resources shared, and more we have been blessed and been empowered to bless the lives of more teenagers this year than ever before!
Though some of you got a letter informing you of what this year has held for Teen Lifeline, I wanted to recap a few things and put them on our blog to make it easy for you to share.
Regardless, here are just a few of the things we are excited about from this year:
- We had our 4th annual Family Fun Run/Walk 5K. It was our best one yet. You can read more about it on our website or see pictures on Facebook.
- This year we have been able to work with over 500 students. That is 200 more than last year. We are so excited about building relationships with students and helping them make better choices.
- New opportunities for helping students have come our way in the form of some crisis situations. Not glad these things happened but we are glad we could be there to help. We also have been able to go back to working with the North Richland Hills Juvenile Court. In addition we are exploring new possibilities in other courts and schools.
Of course the real excitement is seeing students make decisions that will change their life. The above picture is from our Teen Parents Christmas Party where about 40 parents and kids were served by our amazing TL Board. We enjoyed dinner and thanks to some amazing donations had the chance for each family to get multiple gifts for their kiddos. Everyone was so excited!
As part of the evening I let the parents know about resources available to them at The Hills Church of Christ. Parenting Classes and an upcoming Men’s Conference with Jon Kitna. As people were getting ready to leave 4 or 5 of the dads wanted to talk to me specifically about the Men’s Conference. What an amazing opportunity to get to tell them how Jon will share his faith and wisdom on how to life a better life. Of course I also emphasized that they would have the opportunity to eat some great food and play games.
We thank God for times like this when we see how our efforts really can make an impact. We are excited that we have been blessed financially this past year. Though this is true, we rely on continuing financial support for us to keep helping students make better choices.
As this year comes to a close it is a great time to donate toward our 2012 budget. We have almost reached our goal of $20,000 this end of year to help cover the expenses related to providing resources and support for teens. Would you help us get there with a one-time gift? Or if you prefer to help with our future vision and goals we are looking for monthly supporters. These funds will support our new full-time Program Director and his efforts to expand our programs as well as new opportunities to help students that we hope to share early next year.
Donating is simple. You can go to our Giving page or click on the link below. Both PayPal and Razoo should allow you to make a one-time donation or set up a recurring amount that works for you. (If you prefer you can also mail us a check at 6250 NE Loop 820, N. Richland Hills, TX 76180.)