Joe Rowland Home needs support from community

Brandy Garrett (left) and DeAnna Woods

Dear Friends:

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  
— Winston Churchill

   What would you give … to help rebuild the broken life of a child?
   Josh is 19 years old and has been in the custody of the Department of Human Services for most of his young life. Until he arrived at the Joe Rowland Home for Boys, (a program operated by Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth), he had been in and out of numerous foster homes. While at Joe Rowland he obtained his GED and worked part-time. He is currently a resident of our PALS, (Preparing Adolescents for Living Successfully), transitional living program, is enrolled at Hinds Community College, and working part-time.
   “I think the staff at Joe Rowland has reached out to me greatly. They just seemed to know what I needed and provided it for me just like a biological mother and father would do for their own children. Even when I made mistakes, they stayed with me and kept me in their program and in their hearts. Hopefully I will be able to help other foster children and youth make wise decisions as they grow older. I now look forward to my future and believe my goals will be accomplished.”   
— Josh

   We are honored to serve as chairmen of the Sixth Annual Joe Rowland fundraiser, benefiting the Joe Rowland Therapeutic Group Home for Boys.
   The cocktail party and auction will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Perry Creek Golf and Racquet Club beginning at 6  p.m. We invite you to join us for a fun evening of cocktails, food, and entertainment.
   As we approach our 17th year, it is with gratitude to all of you for sustaining the worthwhile work that has helped hundreds of young men overcome the barriers created by neglect, abuse, homelessness and poverty.
   Your generosity has helped support our programs and services so we can offer hope and a brighter future to the vulnerable youth we serve. What would you give up, to help us continue our mission at Joe Rowland of rebuilding the broken lives of young men throughout Mississippi, offering them hope and a brighter future?  
   Please give this request your prayerful consideration when filing out the form, which can be found on page 8 of today’s newspaper.

Thank you.
DeAnna Woods and Brandy Garrett, Co-Chairman

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