Services of Love
TCOTLG goes beyond religious worship. It is a place where faith and the teachings of Jesus Christ are translated into active service, and it has given rise to TCOTLG Community Outreach & Services, which carries out vital community development and youth education work in Washington, Sunflower, and Bolivar counties.
TCOTLG's free clothing closet is a vital resource open to individuals of all ages, offering support during times of natural disasters and financial instability. Its primary goals are to provide essential clothing items, such as clothing, footwear, and hygiene products, to those in need, promoting dignity and self-sufficiency. The clothing closet is designed to serve our community, addressing the immediate and ongoing needs of those facing unforeseen hardships and financial challenges.
TCOTLG's Workforce Program is a comprehensive initiative dedicated to individuals aged 18 to 65, aimed at equipping them with the tools and skills required to enhance their employability and financial independence. The program's overarching goals include providing job training, educational support, resume building, interview preparation, and access to diverse job opportunities. By fostering these skills, participants gain a competitive edge in the job market, ultimately leading to greater economic stability and self-sufficiency.
After School Enrichment Program
TCOTLG's After School Enrichment Program is a dynamic and inclusive initiative serving individuals from pre-K to 12th grade, offering an array of valuable services. The program's primary goals include providing educational support, mentoring opportunities, exercise, nutritious meals, community engagement, and participation in the backpack feeding program. Beyond academic enrichment, this program empowers older students, juniors, and seniors, with the opportunity to mentor and tutor younger peers, while earning community service hours.
Student Mentorship Program
TCOTLG's Student Mentorship Program is a transformative opportunity for high school students, fostering a culture of mutual mentorship and community connection. The program's core objectives are to empower high school students to mentor their peers, while concurrently receiving mentorship from knowledgeable and experienced community advocates and professionals. The benefits are two-fold: younger students gain valuable guidance and support from their older counterparts, while high school mentors receive insights and encouragement for their personal and academic growth.
Joyful Noise Childcare Program
TCOTLG's Joyful Noise Childcare Program is a crucial need, catering children ages 6 months to elementary school age, providing a secure and enriching environment for their growth and development. The program's primary goals include offering high-quality childcare, educational activities and age-appropriate guidance to foster a foundation for lifelong learning. The benefits extend parents, who gain peace of mind knowing their children are in a safe and stimulating environment.
Pretrial Diversion Program
TCOTLG's Pretrial Diversion Program is a vital intervention for 7th through 12th graders in an urban area characterized by a high percentage of at-risk students. The program's overarching goals include providing a supportive and rehabilitative alternative for youth facing legal issues, aiming to redirect them away from the criminal justice system and toward productive, law-abiding lives. The benefits are immense, offering a lifeline to at-risk youth, providing them with counseling, life skills, and educational resources, ultimately reducing recidivism and fostering positive transformation. This program is so important because it aids at-risk youth break the cycle of criminal behavior and build brighter futures.
TCOTLG's Summer Program is a comprehensive and enriching initiative aimed at providing children and youth with a vibrant and educational summer experience. The program's primary goals are to combat summer learning loss, ensure access to nutritious meals, promote physical fitness, and offer exciting field trips. The benefits extend to participants who gain valuable educational enrichment, physical activity, and the opportunity to explore new experiences. This program will ensure that children and youth have a stimulating and memorable summer that supports their overall growth and development.
Backpack Feeding Program
TCOTLG's Backpack Feeding Program is a crucial initiative designed to address the pressing issue of food insecurity among students participating in our after school program. The program's primary goals are to ensure that these students have access to regular and nutritious meals, providing them with the energy and focus they need to thrive academically and personally. The benefits are twofold, with students receiving essential nourishment, and their families gaining relief from the financial strain of providing three meals daily. This program is imperative and is addressing food insecurity, particularly among those in single-parent homes, working minimum wage jobs, and experiencing a lack of family time.
Food Distribution Program
TCOTLG's Food Distribution Program, managed by TCOTLG's Frits of Love Food Pantry, is a crucial program with the goal of providing essential food items to over 1,000 people on a bi-monthly basis. The program's primary goals are to alleviate food insecurity ensure that individuals and families have access to nutritious food, and create a supportive and caring community. The benefits are far-reaching, not only addressing immediate hunger, but also receiving the financial burden on those served.
Hot Meals for the Homeless
TCOTLG's Fruits of Love Food Pantry's Hot Meals for the Homeless is a compassionate and essential initiative with the primary goal of providing warm, nutritious meals to homeless individuals inner community. The program aims to alleviate hunger, enhance the well-being of those experiencing homelessness, and offer a sense of dignity and care. The benefits of this program extend beyond the provision of food, offering comfort, support, and a lifeline to individuals facing extraordinary challenges.
Your Choice Feeding Program
TCOTLG's Your Choice Feeding Program is a critical initiative designed to cater to the specific dietary needs of adults with special health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and food allergies. The program's primary goal is to provide individuals with the means to access and prepare the appropriate meals required for their medical conditions, while also addressing the financial challenge of affording healthier food options alongside medication costs. By ensuring that participants can make choices that align with their health needs and dietary restrictions, the program significantly contributes to their overall well-being, helping them better manage their health conditions and improve their quality of life. It ultimately bridges the gap between affordable access to healthier food options and effective self-care for individuals facing these medical challenges.
Guardian Angels Adult Daycare
TCOTLG's Guardian Angels Adult Daycare Program is a compassionate and essential initiative designed to provide support and care to adults with special needs, those who cannot be left alone during the day, and elderly individuals. The program's primary goals are to offer a safe and stimulating environment for participants while ensuring they receive the necessary care and attention. Through engaging activities, companionship, and access to vital services, the program enhances the well-being and quality of life for those it serves. By providing respite for caregivers and enabling participants to maintain their independence and social connections, TCOTLG's Adult Daycare Program plays a crucial role in supporting the overall health and welfare of both the individuals and their families.
Fruits of Love Community Garden
TCOTLG's Fruits of Love Garden is a transformative initiative that not only provides a sustainable source of fresh produce but also imparts valuable life skills to its participants, including both youth and elderly. The program's primary goal is to teach individuals how to grow and harvest their own food, empowering them with the knowledge of sustainable gardening practices, while also encouraging socialization and community connection. By fostering the ability to produce their own healthy food and facilitating social engagement, the program promotes self-sufficiency, food security, and a sense of unity. This is of paramount importance, as it empowers participants to take control of their nutrition, reduces the financial burden of purchasing fresh produce, and strengthens the bonds within the community, creating a more resilient and healthier environment for all.