Services for Children and Youth
A Note from Tillie Burgin, Executive Director
When I see a little boy or girl walking out the door hugging a bag of food, I thank God for you! When I hear the squeal of a mom, because we’ve told her that because of generous donors we can help pay her electric bill or put some money toward her rent, I thank God for you! When I see a family sitting in our front room, because dad has lost his job, and the volunteer says “Yes, we can help you with whatever you need — and also help you find a job,” my heart just fills with love and gratitude for you.
Everything we do here at Mission Arlington® affects the children and youth in our community. Whether it is providing emergency assistance to their family, helping their parents with food and clothing for each of them, prayers from those in our front room, to one of our sports venues, Rainbow Express, Health clinics, holiday care, after school programs or weekly bible studies, children and youth are reached every single day.
Specific Ministries impacting Children & Youth
The list of services provided below is a representative sample of the ministries we provide for children on a daily basis – and all year long. These programs allow us to stay connected with children and youth regularly. We are grateful for your support!
After School Programs – In 2016, 2,242 children attended our afterschool programs in more than 40 locations. A total of about 4,900 students received homework assistance last year;
Bible Studies & Congregations – Mission Arlington® hosts Bible studies & congregations in 349 locations. Children & youth not only learn God’s Word in these places, but also have Bible study teachers & leaders who love, teach, and mentor them in multiple ways;
Carnivals – special and fun events for children with food, bouncy houses, sno-cones, etc. These free events are held in apartment communities and various neighborhood events;
Educational Scholarships – Mission Arlington® has limited funds designated to assist students who attend our Bible studies & congregations to attend institutions of higher learning;
Emergency Assistance – Nearly 19 thousand families (18,840) received food in 2016, representing 70,284 people. Food, clothes, furniture, and emergency financial assistance for rent and/or utilities directly impacts the children and youth in those homes;
Health Care – Our dental clinic treated 1,388 people last year, and our medical clinic registered nearly 9,000 office visits (8,976). A percentage of those treated were children & youth, but even when adults are receiving treatment, it helps them to keep their jobs, so that the young people in the homes receive indirect support from this care;
Holidays – More than 30 thousand children (30,010) received gifts through our Christmas Store last year, including 4,000 who received bikes; 25,017 people received Thanksgiving food in 2016. Children made up a big percentage of those who received food; 3,000 children (with their families) attended our Fall Festival in 2016.
Rainbow Express® – backyard Bible clubs which incorporates music, crafts, food, games, and Bible study in a four-day, outdoor experience designed to be fun and to connect children with the Lord. In 2016, more than 28 thousand children (28,668) attended a Rainbow Express event;
School Supplies – 9,000+ children received the school supplies they needed to start the school year right;
Sports Ministries – Whether it is wrestling, baseball, basketball, or volleyball, our sports ministries teach children the value of exercise, team work, and it provides skill sets within the context of a particular sport. Hundreds of children & youth participated in our gym nights, baseball, wrestling, and basketball leagues;
Summer Camps – 1,377 children and youth attended 7 free summer camps last year;Transportation
Transportation – We made 28,176 trips last year to carry children to school, or their parents who needed help getting to jobs in order to take care of the children and youth;
Conclusion – Our Gratitude for You
Jesus encouraged his disciples to let the little children come to [him], and told them specifically not to “hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). The work we do with children & youth directly connects to our sense of Christ’s command for us to do just that. Children are important to our Lord, and therefore they are important to us.
When you support the work of Mission Arlington®, it will always affect positively the life of a child. We can be here with them, because you stand so faithfully with us. Thank you so much for the gift of your encouragement, prayer, and support. We are grateful for you!