Monthly Monitor–January 2016

Parent Project next class series starts on February 2, 2016 at 3 Crosses Church in Castro Valley, CA. Classes run from 6:00 to9:00pm. Sorry, no child care is available. No matter the age of your child(ren), this series of classes will provide parents with parenting knowledge and skills that brings peace and harmony into your home and will hopefully help prevent serious child behavioral issues. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!!! Register online at www.ParentProject.com. You are welcome to monitor any single class before you decide if you want to enroll. Cost is $150.00 for a single parent or $250.00for a couple.

Sanctuary Family (formerly “Paraclete Family”) training is free and occurs the first two Saturdays of each month, although you must preregister for the training. This represents a volunteer community outreach to vulnerable children who are not in the child protective (foster care) system. Single parents or families with very limited resources sometimes desperately need assistance with a child or children due to significant financial, emotional or spiritual trauma. A Sanctuary Family (such as your family) provides short-term emergency relief care by providing child(ren) with a safe and secure home without financial support until the short-term emergency subsides. While you do not receive financial support, your personal and family reward is beyond any financial benefit. Hosanna manages and supervises all placements in your home, so you receive professional support without cost.

Foster Care training to become Hosanna certified foster parents also occurs the first two Saturdays of every month. Again you must preregister to attend. Unfortunately, children are coming into child protective custody in greater numbers, so foster homes are seriously needed. We have a specific need for foster homes in the Alamo, Danville, San Ramon and Dublin areas of Contra Costa County. Don’t wait until you have an “empty nest” to consider becoming a foster family! Your child or children and a foster child will equally grow from this experience! If you want your children to be compassionate and engaged adults, model this lifestyle in your foster family and your wish will probably come true.

Thank you for making Christmas extra special. Gifts of clothing, toys, gift cards, and food were abundant and made sad-faces and hearts light-up. The holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) season is always a tough time for children in foster care. Your special attention at this time of years is an encouragement to staff and kids.

Critter rescue compliments our care for kids. We bring both critters and kids together and both benefit from the other!! Kids and critters are a natural together. For those who have to rehome their critter friends, knowing their critter will benefit kids makes the separation so much easier. Critters normally do not provide funds (other than perhaps egg sales from chickens) for their maintenance (shelter, food, veterinary, etc.), so donated feed or cash are critical for us to maintain the critter rescue. For those who have used our critter rescue in the past, please remember how grateful and relieved you were to have a resource such as Hosanna for your special friend and, please, continue to financial support this endeavor for the benefit of others or maybe the benefit of yourself in the future. We have not had to deny a rescue to this point; but, we must be sure that we use our resources to survive. We appreciate your consideration and support!!

Invitations and presentation at churches and community events are our primary means of introducing and recruiting individuals and families to the ministries of Hosanna. Hosanna exists to support and expand the outreach of faith-based activities. Would your church consider providing a Parent Project class series for your church community? Would your church introduce or encourage faith-based homes to become a foster home? Have your pastor or priest call Verne Teyler to discuss how Hosanna can assist your congregation or organization in expanding community outreach and ministry.

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