JEMfriends Is Expanding to Twin Falls!

Did you catch the news on Facebook?  We are expanding our programs to Twin Falls in 2018!

A few years ago, the Twin Falls Optimus Club became aware of a young man who had aged out of foster care and was living out of a friend’s car.  In 2017, the club began to take steps toward meeting the needs of aged-out youth. They have worked with the county to secure a long-term lease on a three-story home and are currently raising funds through donations from the community to remodel it.  Once the home is remodeled, we will be able to bring youth into it and surround them with all the supports of the JEMfriends Transition Program: Life Skills Classes, Mentoring, Housing, and Transportation.  We have been told that the Department of Health and Welfare in the Twin Falls region has identified forty-three youth who will age out of foster care in the next two years.  We are very excited about this opportunity to support more of Idaho’s aging-out youth.

On March 29th, the Optimus Club had a groundbreaking ceremony for the community.  The event was attended by over seventy guests, and twenty organizations where honored for their donations toward the home.  Thank you, Twin Falls Optimus Club, for your dedication to our youth!

Keep up-to-date on our Twin Falls home through our Facebook page!

Idaho Gives!

Idaho Gives, the largest online giving day in Idaho, is on Thursday May 3rd, from 12 am-11:59 pm.  We will be competing against other non-profits in Idaho to get the most individual donations (of $10 or more) during the day.  The winners of the contest also win extra prize money from the Idaho Gives sponsors. Our goal is to raise over $6,000!

How can you help?

  1. Commit to a donation on May 3rd.  Sign up for your donation time.  We will send you a reminder text and link on May 3rd.
  2. Share our Facebook events page, and get your friends on board. Let’s do this as a team!

 

Volunteer of the Month

Barb, our volunteer of the month, has been a great support to us since 2016.  She has contributed to JEMfriends by giving many generous donations and by helping in the office with mailings.  For the last few months, she has been providing transportation for our youth every week so that they can get to various appointments.  This service is extremely valuable to our youth, especially when they have no other means of transportation.  Barb also has valuable experience and perspective to share with the youth.  She has been married to her husband, Steve, for more than fifty years, twenty-six of which they were constantly moving because he was in the army; she has worked for the FBI; and she has raised two children.  Barb’s generosity, support, and rich life experience make her a great asset to JEMfriends.  We appreciate her very much.