Dear Friends,

I hope that you are enjoying the end of summer and that you are busily doing the work God has for you in this season.  This month is a very busy one at JEMfriends, and there are several ways you can be involved.  Amazon Smile is an easy place to donate to JEMfriends, Chipotle is holding a fundraiser for JEMfriends this month, and the upcoming JEMfriends banquet is a really great opportunity to invest into JEMfriends’ ministry.

Most of us shop on Amazon frequently; but did you know that you can easily support JEMfriends while you shop, at no extra cost to you?  Instead of typing “amazon.com” in the URL, type in “smile.amazon.com.”  Then, to set JEMfriends as your charity of choice, type “JEMfriends, Inc.” in the search box on the page designated for setting your choice.  Once you have set JEMfriends as your charity, Amazon will donate to support our JEMyouth each time you make an eligible purchase on smile.amazon.com!

You can also support JEMfriends by participating in a fundraiser at Chipotle (2126 N. Eagle Rd., Suite 100, Meridian, Idaho 83646) on Thursday, September 7th, between 12 and 8 P.M. Take your family or friends and show the enclosed flyer to the cashier, and fifty percent of the cost will be donated to JEMfriends. We would love to see you there!

Finally, our 2017 JEMfriends banquet is coming up on Thursday, September 28th.  I hope you are making plans to join us.  You will have the opportunity to celebrate, alongside JEMfriends, the addition of a boy’s home and a second girl’s home this year.  If you purchase an eight-seat table for $250, you will also be supporting the ministry of JEMfriends in its housing cost for 2018, since the funds raised at the banquet are the foundational support for JEMfriends’ yearly operation.  And finally, the banquet will be one of the best opportunities to bring your friends for the purpose of spreading the awareness of JEMfriends’ ministry.  All of our guests will be introduced to JEMfriends and will learn about ways to be involved in supporting our youth.  They will also enjoy the opportunity of hearing motivational speaker Derek Clark, who will be sharing with us his experience of growing up in the foster care system and aging out of it; his story is introduced in his youtube video “God Save That Little Boy.”  Altogether, the JEMfriends banquet will be a special time to participate in JEMfriends’ ministry this year; I hope you won’t miss it.

If you are drawn to support JEMfriends through Amazon Smile, the Chipotle fundraiser, or the JEMfriends banquet, please contribute what you are able so that our ministry can continue to grow. We are very grateful for all the support that you give.

Blessings,

Liberty Barrett, Executive Director