You know you’re doing God’s work when evil men seek to destroy you.
Sometime over this weekend, the Super Kids Club in Rosemary Park was vandalized for a second time in the past couple of months. This time, the windows were broken. Fortunately, the interior of the Club was not damaged and nothing was stolen. A possible clue to who the adult vandals were, was discovered on a social media site and details were given to Bonita Springs Detectives.
Kids in the New Horizons of SWFL, Super Kids and Super Teen Clubs have come to rely on the staff and the modest shelters to be open for them during the school year. They have provided a true a “safe haven” in their neighborhoods where poverty, crime, drugs and gangs are a common threat to their survival and success.
As a faith based non-profit organization, New Horizons relies on the donations, time and talent, of their volunteers, many of whom are seasonal residents in the Estero, Bonita Springs and Naples. Local residents are encouraged to consider volunteering with a friend this fall! There is always a need for tutors and mentors and if time, talent and funding permits, the Super Clubs could be open for Summer Camp next year!
The testimony of one student explains why these Clubs needs your help to stay open year round. Please read this excerpt from the testimonial of a real ‘Super Teen’ whose mother died a year ago, May 27th and she became orphaned with her little brother. They now live in a crowded apartment with their Aunt and several younger cousins and are picked up by Super Kids Club bus, during the school year. This courageous young woman received the “Take Stock in Children” College scholarship this year, thanks to the help of New Horizons. She explains what the Super Kids Clubs have meant to her.
“I have been on the Honor Roll since I have been with New Horizons (age 7, now 15). It has changed my life for the better in so many different ways. There are lots of kids my age who are doing drugs and have even been in jail, but New Horizons has kept me away from them because I go to the Super Teen Club every day after school, instead of hanging out with them. As I keep going, I learn more about God and how HE will never abandon me and will keep me safe from evil things.”
New Horizons of SWFL and their 4 clubs in 3 locations, serve over 200 kids every school year with over 30,000 hours of tutoring and mentoring. While their individualized academic plan is a driving force behind the success of these children, the “safe haven” of the clubs are seldom addressed. New Horizons must get continual funding to stay open and keep these kids on the right track…all year long!
To volunteer or donate to the mission of New Horizons, please contact Founder and Director Ellen Nichols at: 239-565-6714 or go to their website or blog at: http://www.newhorizonsofswfl.org or http://www.newhorizonsofswfl.wordpress.com
Give Generously! Donations to New Horizons can change lives, enhance safety and reduce crime in our communities.