Dear friends, Summertime! This is music to the ears of our JEMyouth. The warm weather, the time off school (for most of them), the fun summer jobs, but most of all the activities we get to do together. We are looking forward to the lake days, pool parties, rafting, camping, etc. These opportunities and memories are such a blessing in the lives of our youth!
We all learn to trust, laugh, serve and build friendships. We are thankful for those in the community that have stepped up in both time and financial ways to create these fun opportunities for the youth. I would encourage you to like and follow us on facebook to see more of our summer activities! -Liberty Thompson


4th of July Celebration! Our youth enjoyed a fun filled 4th of July in the mountains of Idaho City. Thank you JEMfriends’ volunteer Peggy and her husband, Dennis, for proving this opportunity for our youth!



Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE!!! Friday, September 25 JEMfriends Annual Banquet and Fundraiser  Friday, September 25, 6:00pm The Grove Hotel in Downtown Dinner ~ Inspirational Speakers ~ Live Auction  The banquet fundraiser is your opportunity to hear directly from our JEMyouth, about the impact JEMfriends community has made in their lives. You will also have the opportunity to be a part of raising the funds for the 2021 operations of JEMfriends transition program and homes through our live auction and paddle up giving.  Please consider being a table sponsor at the banquet. Table sponsors are commented to fill their table (10 seats) with their guests. This is great way to introduce your friends to JEMfriends. Email if you would like to be a table sponsor. 


Wondering if COVID will impact the banquet? 

Currently the plan is to have the event in person, but we will be monitoring closely and will make adjustments to online if necessary. Invitations to the banquet fundraiser will be digital this year to allow us to keep everyone up-to-date on the event plans. You can also follow us on Facebook for the latest information. 


Become a Monthly Housing Partner

Your monthly housing pledge goes directly to pay the rent, utilities and maintenance of the JEMfriends homes. Currently, 77% of our homes are sponsored through the monthly partners, would you help us sponsor the remaining 33%? Click HERE to give $30 a month! Questions: contact


Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities:We have several open volunteer positions! Some of these positions need to be refilled, and some of them are new to JEMfriends! We’d love to get you involved, so take a look to see what would be a good fit for you.

  • JEMfriends Photographer
  • Graduation and Birthday Party Planner
  • Church Relations Specialist
  • Business Relations Specialist
  • Resident Advisor (training begins late July)

For more information about each of these positions contact Natalie at


In this season of uncertainty, you can also support us through

  • Prayer for our youth to have peace and good house bonding during these times.
  • Health for youth and resident advisors.
  • JEMfriends would have all the resources and volunteers needed for continued operations.

Financial Donations:Click HERE to give! 
Donating Your Time:Plan and provide a summer activity –
Did you know that you can give to JEMfriends while shopping?
When you shop on Amazon you can add items to your cart and before you checkout, go to and put JEMfriends as your preferred Charity option, you then can continue to checkout directly from Smile Amazon! You can also just use Smile Amazon to shop. A percent of your purchase will go directly to JEMfriends!
You can also help JEMfriends support local foster children by shopping at Fred Meyer! Sign up for their community rewards program at and link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to JEMfriends (You can search for us by name or by our non-profit number: 91501). Then, every time you shop and use your rewards card, you will help a local foster family in Ada County; and you will still earn rewards points, fuel points, and rebates. If you do not have a Fred Meyer Rewards Card, they are available at the customer service desk of any Fred Meyer store. For more information, visit

See you next month!