Giving Thanks for 5 Years
The Path has been in Tom Bean for 5 years now serving students and assisting with community efforts. Many did not anticipate that a Non-Profit, community supported, free to student establishment would ever last this long. I believe that God has always blessed this effort for several reasons. Christ has always been the focus, our Volunteers and Staff are Godly people, our Partners share our heart for students and our Vision has never changed.
“A New Look, same Goal” – Although we have had some new changes in our building which are very nice, our mission has not changed. We continue to provide students and families a place that has a positive impact on their lives. We continue to see this reality play out. We see students that attend the Path regularly experience a change in attitude and character. We see students working with adults on education goals that have led to higher grades in school. We see strong mentoring relationships building between students and volunteers. We are meeting the needs of hungry students and have been able to distribute food to needy families. This last year we were able to partner with an organization called My Life Speaks and help a group of local teachers raise funding and provided the financial backing needed for their trip to Haiti. We provide a location for students to meet and have FCA events for free. We provide a comfortable location for Mom’s to meet and pray for the local schools and teachers during the week. Our facility is used by the Local Meals on Wheels organization to logistically distribute meals efficiently in Tom Bean. We continue to provide a low cost option for family gatherings and we have become an intermediate step for CBF Church as they plan their permanent church home in the community. We know that there are other impacts that have been made that we may never know about. Best summarized:
Positive Experiences + Positive Relationships + Positive Environment = Positive Youth Development
I will not name all that have sacrificed big or small for a place such as the Path to exist. The volunteer hours logged over the past five years are quite large in number, but I do want to mention a few people that have been instrumental in the last year or two:
in my opinion has been the most critical staff person in the success of the Path. Harry began volunteering at the Path from the first year we opened and is still greatly involved to this day. Harry has committed his time every day to greeting the kids, preparing snacks, keeping records, correcting the students when needed and keeping the path a safe place for the students. Many have come to see Harry as the face of the Path and I praise God for his involvement. He is a Godly man that has selflessly supported the students in Tom Bean and he has made a mark in many of their lives.
Thank you Harry!
is currently a college student and volunteer at the Path. Becky is on the Path Board of Directors and is working as an intern at the Path through her University. Becky has a heart for trouble kids and is committed to working with students and families after College. Becky has been an active volunteer at the Path for years and continues to influence the students of Tom Bean by mentoring and engaging in everyday life discussions with them. Great role model for our students!
has become one of our most relational volunteers over the past year. Trevor lives life in a manner that is attracting to the type of students that are continually at the Path. Trevor has earned the power of influence over the students because of the obvious love and concern for them. The students love to see Trevor arrive because he is always willing to play games and just talk. The students certainly look up to him as a mentor and friend. Trevor is growing in His faith in Christ and is passionate to share that faith with others. Trevor is a major asset to the effectiveness of the Path vision. Thank you Trev!
joined out team this year keeping our financials. It was very important that we handle our financials with integrity and great responsibility. Debbie is very trust worthy and is great with money making her the perfect person to handle our donations and expenses. Debbie has experience with non-profit finances which gives us the upmost assurance that our finances are in good hands. One of our most valuable volunteers! Thanks Debbie!
One of our goals in 2014 was to hire a college aged student to intern at the Path. Although money has been very tight we were able to hire our first intern 6 months ago.
grew up in Tom Bean and was a student at a First Baptist Church of Tom Bean. When the Path opened he was always willing to volunteer at the Path. He has a great repeor with the students in the area and was a great choice for intern. One of the best attributes Andrew brought to the Path was cleanliness. This guy liked to clean and we loved this about his work ethic. He did a great job with the students as well. Andrew has since moved on to military service. He will be missed greatly!
is now serving as our intern at the Path. Jordan is a college student and has been involved in youth ministry in Tom Bean for serveral years. She has a great personality and students love to be around her. She is a great addition to the Path because she works well with the girl students that come to the Path. Something we have been lacking over the years. Jordan plans to be at teacher and will do a great job working with our students.
Partnership with Church’s such as FBC of Tom Bean, local student organization like North Texas Youth Connection and Local Business’s such as Home Depot have attributed to the Paths success. These partnerships provided needed funds, supplies and opportunity to fulfill our mission. This year we have added two new Partnerships that have greatly enhanced our services to students.
Down Town Chapel/Share Ministries Food Bank is a growing food bank in Sherman that provides for the needs of those that are hungry in Grayson County. We began partnering with Share Ministries to provide our students at the Path snacks and drinks after school. These food and drink donations allow us to provide our hungry students refreshments free of cost.
Community Bible Fellowship Church is a new church plant in the Tom Bean area that decided to lease the Path as its main meeting place on Sunday Morning for Worship and Wednesday Nights for Student Oriented functions. CBF Church invested funds into the Paths Heating and Air Conditioning system which solved a major problem we had with climate control. Also, the church provided labor and funding to remodel and refurnish the Path. These improvements gave the interior of the Path an update that was long needed after serving students for 4 years. As the CBF church continues to Lease our facility, they are pouring time and funding back into the Path that has allowed us to hire our first intern.
THANKFUL TO MANY OTHERS
We are so thankful for the many others that have helped. It's so difficult to be all inclusive but we would like to recognize Austin Deberry, Jackie Meek, Amy White, Doug Hunt, Destiny Hunt, Patty Barker, Chemine Burns, and Ricky Pugh.