Eight seniors prepare to graduate this May – one of our largest classes ever.
The Show-Me class of 2019 stands ready and well-trained to face the adult phase of life having completed, through the Path to Purpose (P2P) program: career assessments, job shadowing, learning to drive, training in personal finances, writing resumes, securing post-secondary education, and job searches.
But, our task is not yet complete! As they cross the bridge to adulthood, they will still need guidance, encouragement, and other resources. We believe that no child should “age out” of a program that they depend on – they should “age into” healthy adults with a family ready to walk with them.
Our Show-Me’s family commitment to these young adults goes beyond graduation. Rescuing and Restoring Young Lives means working to keep each child on a positive path, removing obstacles, and helping them get back on it when they stumble. Even a small bump in the road can cause a person to suddenly end up in a ditch. We want them to always know the first place they can safely turn is their Show-Me family.
We are committed to do anything we can to keep their momentum going in the right direction! Our Path to Purpose program was set up for this reason, not only to teach them the skills needed to become a productive member of society, but connect them to a network of positive support, which provides the resources needed to overcome the inevitable, unexpected twists of life. As a graduate of the P2P program, they have funds available to help when a need arises: extra money for text books, unexpected repairs, down-payments for housing/utilities, medications, continued counseling services, educational funding, and various emergency situations.
We don’t think these qualify as “luxuries.” We expect them to work hard through the difficulties that life will continue to throw at them. Just like most of our parents who helped us along the way, We want them to thrive in the adult world. Our experience has shown us that one of the best investments we can make is providing them with reliable transportation. So, Show-Me has committed to each high school graduate, who has also completed every element of the P2P program, to pay for the first year of their auto insurance and provide them with a reliable starter vehicle. Praise God, several vehicles have already been donated- we only need 3 more!
We’ve already invested so much into these young lives – let’s finish the task! Are you with us!?! Your gift will equip these amazing young adults with the tools they need to keep them steady on the Path to Purpose God has for them.
If you would like to contribute to our Path to Purpose program, you can do so here.
If you would like to contribute to a specific need of our graduates, please check out our Class of 2019 Amazon wish list.
These amazing Seniors were featured on our Facebook page last Fall and will be featured in our May newsletter.
Nate, trained in Criminal Justice through the State Fair VoTech program, will continue his education at the University of Central Missouri. His ultimate career goal is to become a police officer.
Amanda will obtain her CNA and enter into a career to make life better for adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs.
Nick hasn’t made certain plans for his future, but it will certainly involve mechanics of some sort.
Kerenda, well-known for her kindness and servant’s heart, will obtain her CNA training this summer and desires to serve the great folks at the Missouri Veteran’s Home.
Emily, the biological daughter of Chad (Director) and Jen Puckett, has been accepted at the College of the Ozarks to study nursing and fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a Labor and Delivery Nurse.
Dante, very mechanically inclined, has been accepted to the Missouri Technical College in Linn. He intends to become a Precision Machinist.
Journey has been accepted to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg to complete her education in Graphic Design. Her incredible talent will lead her to an incredible career.
Cassie, the biological daughter of Charles (Assistant Director) and Jodi (School Administrator) Watkins, will attend Missouri Southern in Joplin to become a teacher and coach.