“Don’t lose hope…when the sun goes down, the stars come out!”
People in Need of Prayers!
It is very hard today to be upbeat and positive while we attempt to withstand the ongoing news of senseless murders perpetrated on innocent people who appear to have little to no connection to the shooters. Prayers to all the families, friends, and communities who are directly impacted by this evil behavior.
Additionally, I received news this weekend that one of our Emory & Henry College 2019 Pathway Project students had a very serious misfortune. Megan Mitten, her sister Theresa, and mother lost their home and all belongings due to a house fire last Wednesday.
Megan was at the Copey Learning Center last Spring as a volunteer. I met Megan, her sister and their mother during the annual reception held this past June. Both Megan and Theresa are E&H College students and I consider the whole family to be special to “Friends of Copey”. The college is assisting the family and are welcoming any help available. “Friends of Copey” will donate some funds to the family.
I will try to continue getting updates on Megan and her family while they work on rebuilding their lives and taking care of some of their basic needs for living.
Pathway Project 2019 Summary
As promised for several weeks, I want officially pronounce the closing 2019 Pathway Project for 2019. The project involving the students from Copey has three essential parts.
First and foremost the first part is to reward two or three Copey Learning Center students for their academic success and especially their English skills development. The reward is a safe and educational trip to America. So, eligible students must be selected.
The second part, “Friends of Copey” must raise the funds required for the planned expenses associated with travel, food, and lodging.
And finally, there are numerous other unfunded costs along with personal time and involvement that must be covered and coordinated. It is estimated that in-kind support almost equals the funded portion of the project.
Therefore, in summary the 2019 Pathway Project depends on very generous donors and extemely committed supporters for all of this to work and work well. Everyone is just “AMAZING” and all can enjoy the feeling of success and accomplishment. This is our 4th year and it feels like our best year as organizers and coordinators.
I have tried to send special notes of thanks to all of you who were on the front line of this effort. If I overlooked you, please let me know and I will be in touch with you.
My thoughts and attention are already pointed to next year’s Pathway Project. Most of the team has already conveyed and confirmed their involvement in key areas.
There is always room for one more donor of funds or contributor of time and service. One thing to seriously keep in mind is your attendance at next year’s annual reception. It is well worth attending and meeting the Copey students and other “Friends or Copey”. For several of the first-timers this year, I know they enjoyed every minute.
So, please accept my heartfelt thanks as we all look forward now to 2020 Pathway Project.