Read to Lead Academy: Weekly Check-Ins


After shutting down our after school program in March and then our summer program in July due to COVID-19 safety concerns, our Read to Lead staff has been incredibly creative in finding ways to stay connected with our students and their families. In July, we started weekly face to face check-ins with our kiddos. This keeps us engaged with our kids and allows us to make sure families have access to all the resources they need. Here’s a few words from staff member, Emily on her visit with first grader, Tasha:


“I arrived at Tasha’s house right when she got out of school. She had so much energy! The past two times I’ve been over there, she has been so excited because she gets lonely being the only kid in her house. This time, I brought Kool-aid slushies for us to enjoy together. She made fun of my blue mouth after we ate them, but when I pointed out how red hers was, she insisted on getting a picture. We talked a lot about school, and how she was excited to learn about “first grade stuff.” She talked so much about how much she missed the Bethlehem Center too! For the rest of the time I was there we played hide and seek and did some cartwheels in the yard. It was an amazing day!”


          The aspect of our programming that we as a staff have truly missed the most since the pandemic began has been the kids: their smiles, their stories, their hugs, and their laughter. These weekly check-ins have given us a small piece of that back while allowing us to still pour into our students and stay updated on their lives throughout this trying time.




Rachel DeVore

Rachel is our Director of Education here at the Bethlehem Center. She is known for her consistent hard work and dedication to the mission, kids, and her fellow staff members of the Bethlehem Center. To get into contact with Rachel or find out more about the Read To Lead Academy at the Bethlehem Center email her at: [email protected]

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Ms. Ernestine

Ms. Ernestine (in the blue shirt) is a tech-savvy senior who has been a really powerful advocate for community needs. Unfortunately, she suffers from some chronic health conditions that have put her at high risk during COVID-19.  When we called Ms. Ernestine, she agreed to have a delivery sent to her home. The following week, she thanked us for the items and insisted on giving us a small gift. It was a thank you card with two beautiful magnetic flower pens that she had made herself. Words cannot express how overjoyed we were to receive them. 

The prayers and support of seniors like Ms. Ernestine encourage us to keep loving and serving those around us. We pray that our trust in God and our faithful service will encourage our community to walk with HOPE on this journey called COVID-19, because through their words and prayers, our community has done the same for us. 

We thank our donors and volunteers for all you do! You each have helped make our COVID-19 relief efforts possible and have helped us continue serving community members like Ms. Ernestine.

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Community Testimony:

June 4th, 2020
 
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Hope and Encouragement During COVID-19

In response to monthly senior events being canceled, we replaced these events with weekly phone calls to 40+ seniors each week. One of the seniors who has benefited greatly from The Beth’s services is Ms. Ruthann, a strong woman who lives in our community and is caring for a family member with persistent health concerns. The first week, we called to ask if she needed anything. She replied, “Whatever you can give me.”  We read her a list which included meal replacement drinks, reusable face masks, food, toiletries, and more.

She made her requests, and we told her the items would be delivered to her later that week. Her appreciation was evident as she explained how our call was an answer to prayer, as she had just been asking the Lord for those very items.

 
 


 
 

When calling for the next weekly check-in, we were greeted by Ms. Ruthann’s praise and worship to God! She explained that her sister had been struggling to let go of some unhealthy foods, but because of the meal replacement shakes, she now consistently requests a shake instead of the unhealthy items. This is a huge milestone because changing her eating habits will have a tremendous positive impact on her health. 

It was a blessing to learn that such a small act made such an impact on Ms. Ruthann and her family.


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Gloria Dubose

Gloria is the Community Outreach Director at the Bethlehem Center. She started at the Beth as an unpaid intern and she's been here ever since! She's a proud Moc (UTC alumni) and is passionate about learning everything Latin (including Spanish).
To connect with Gloria email [email protected]


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