We strongly believe that all members of the body of Christ are sent people, called to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel to the world. We want to be obedient to Jesus’ command to go, whether that is down the street, out to our communities, or across the world to the nations. We want to be “doers of the word, not hearers only” (James 1:22). While we don’t want these commands to be limited to structured programs, Resonate has facilitated several outreach opportunities for our members as a response to visible needs in our community. In meeting some of these practical needs, we focus on building relationships through which the gospel and love of Christ can be shared.

Two organizations we have fostered partnerships with are Friends of Refugees and the United Methodist Children’s Home as part of foster care through Dekalb Division of Family & Children Services. As noted above, these are not the only opportunities available. We are here to encourage and equip you, your family, DNA group, or LifeGroup to serve in the area that you feel burdened for. If you have other interests or feel you have talents that could be better utilized in a different setting, please email Danielle Boultinghouse to help facilitate additional opportunities for you.

Check out some of the ways to serve with our partners below!

 

FRIENDS OF REFUGEES

Friends of Refugees is a non-profit organization in Clarkston, GA. Clarkston is a refugee resettlement community, and has been said to include the “most diverse square mile in America.” By assisting refugee families with the transition to America, FOR’s mission is to empower refugees through opportunities that provide for their well-being, education and employment. So, what does that look like and how can you help?

1. Education

Family Literacy Program

English as a Second Language classes are provided to the mothers while children ages 0-5 years old attend an early childhood development program. Volunteers would be helping with early childhood services.

Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:45 am–12:30 pm.
Commitment: Once weekly
Can I bring my kids? Yes

Youth Programs

Be an after-school tutor and invest in the life of a middle or high school student.

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday Tutoring 4:00-5:30 PM and Mentoring 5:30-7:00PM
Commitment: Weekly for a semester
Can I bring my kids? No

Summer Camp

During summer camp, all children are paired with an academic tutor to read with and work on English skills.

Hours: Saturday–Friday, 9:00-10:30 am
Commitment: 7 weeks, 2 days/week throughout the summer, your choice of days.
Can I bring my kids? No

2. Employment

Café Clarkston

The Café equips refugees to find employment opportunities, create resumes, receive basic job skills training, and learn computer skills. We ask that this be a consistent service opportunity as significant time is spent orienting new volunteers.

Hours: Monday 7-9pm, Tuesday and Thursday, 2-5 pm, Saturday, 12-3 pm
Commitment: At least once per month.
Can I bring my kids? No

3. Well-Being

Embrace

Embrace is a pregnancy care program designed to meet the needs of expectant refugee mothers. Childbirth by itself can be an overwhelming process, let alone in an unfamiliar country. Through this program two women are paired with an expectant mother to support her through this journey. This may involve going to doctor’s appointments or classes on breastfeeding and infant care, explaining how U.S. healthcare works, advocating for her at appointments, and more.

Hours: Vary
Commitment: Stay with a mother throughout entire pregnancy or commit to 6 months post-partum visiting a family one time a month.
Can I bring my kids? Yes

Jolly Avenue Garden

Calling all green thumbs! The Garden always has needs in the following areas: spreading mulch, painting, small carpentry projects, plumbing, repairs, digging, tree removal, plowing and tilling, planting and beautifying.

Hours: Anytime.
Can I bring my kids? Yes.

 

UNITED METHODIST CHILDREN’S HOME

Foster Care and Adoption Ministry

We envision a day when adoption and fostering are commonplace of Resonate’s culture – where children from across our city and world are being welcomed into families. We want to actively pursue adoption and fostering to an uncommon degree of frequency, so that children living apart from a family may experience what it feels like to be loved, pursued, and valued.

We recognize that adoption and fostering is not for everyone; however, helping the orphans, widows, and defenseless is something that the Lord has commanded all of us to do. We are called to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8). We encourage you to pray about how the Lord is calling you into this process. Whether it’s becoming a foster parent, providing respite care, adoption, or coming alongside families to support them in their journey – we are here to support you.

Resonate partners with United Methodist Children’s Home and their Decatur Coalition Support Network to provide the required information and training courses needed to become a foster or respite family, and to volunteer in supporting these fostering families.

WANT TO FOSTER

Information Meeting

The first step after feeling the call to foster children in your home is to attend the UMCH information meeting. These take place on the first Monday of the month and you can contact Denise Peacock at dpeacock@umchildrenshome.org these meetings do not require any commitment, but provide the logistics before the formal training needed to be a foster parent.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER

Volunteer Orientation

If you would like to be involved in foster care, but do not feel like it is the right time for you and your family to foster, volunteering is a great place to start! Volunteers come along side foster families and after the orientation are able to work one-on-one with foster children. Orientation involves learning about children who have been through trauma, filling out lots of paperwork, and going through a background check. After the orientation is completed you are able to babysit, transport, and provide other help to foster parents and children. Please contact Danielle Boultinghouse at dlbhouse@gmail.com for the next available orientation.

WANT TO ADOPT

We encourage and support families who wish to adopt both domestically and internationally. If you are considering adoption and need more resources we would love to help you on that journey. We can put you in touch with people who have been through the process and we also offer financial scholarships. Please contact Danielle Boultinghouse for more information.

Interested in serving local? Fill out this application:

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Which local outreach opportunities are you interested in? (select all that apply)

Friends of RefugeesDFCSHelping organize Serve SundaysHelping organize opportunities for LifeGroups or DNA GroupsJoining the Local Outreach teamOther (please explain in the text box below)

If you selected Friends of Refugees, which programs interest you? (select all that apply)

Cafe ClarkstonFamily Literacy ProgramAfter-School MentorshipSummer CampEmbraceCommunity Garden

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