Parishioners Join in Back-to-School Picnic

Returning to school is an exhilarating time for most children. But for families experiencing housing instability, this time of year can be a daunting experience.

This August, St. Stephen’s parishioners, along with volunteers from 5 partner congregations, were fortunate to join in a joyous back-to-school picnic that celebrated families who have “graduated” from Beacon’s Families Moving Forward (FMF) shelter program into stable housing.

The picnic was a great opportunity for the FMF staff, volunteers and families, some of whom are now a part of FMF’s Keys to Success program in which St. Stephen’s participates, to reconnect while being treated to a barbecue dinner. Along with games, face painting and health and wellness information, each child received a backpack which they eagerly filled with new school supplies donated by two of the sponsoring congregations.

Our parishioners, Kris Newcomer, Cathy Cella, John Ellingboe, Janet Hecht and Lisa Taylor had a great time joining in the celebration with all the families, staff and partner volunteers from Westminster Presbyterian, Valley Community Presbyterian, Colonial Church, and Trinity Lutheran.
A special thanks to two of our newest members, Janet and Stephen Hecht, for donating the backpacks!