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Message from Pastor Young
Dear Friends,
No we’re not. Yes we are. We are not having our annual Summer Camp this year. We want to do all that we can to be good citizens and keep kids safe during this Covid-19 season. However, we are going to provide meals to them during the summer because school is out and many of them would not have meals and or proper nutrition. We are also impacting and directing twelve teenagers regarding their futures and life choices. Here’s how all that looks.
On Monday, June 1st we began daily providing over 450 breakfasts and 400+ lunches by delivering to various community locations and offering pick up meals at our gym doors. These meals are prepared and administered under CDC safety guidelines. The parents and kids are excited and anxious to meet our van for food. The twelve teenagers are being challenged, taught, equipped and given a much needed vision and plan for their current and future goals. In the past, we have found this direct focus on them has proven to be efficient and effective. It has resulted in them escaping poverty, indifference, hopelessness and inspires them to see and become what they could be. We are certain this group will experience much of the same. Instead of a summer job, we are giving each of them a $100 per week stipend that encourages them to be faithful to this daily training.
Of course, feeding kids and impacting youth costs money. This year’s budget for kitchen staffing, youth directors, delivery costs, utilities, etc. is $47,200.00.
We have 3 levels of giving. Of course, any and all support is appreciated:
  • $800 will sponsor a teen for 8 weeks
  • $400 helps to sponsor a teen for 4 weeks
  • $100 helps with all other program expenses
Please partner with us in this community outreach to the under served. There isn’t much right now to help us feel good during the current season that we are in as a community and nation. You can join in this opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of kids and youth.
In the words of the Cajun chef Justin Wilson, “I guarantee” you will feel good about it because it is the right and good thing to do.
Thank you,
Pastor Alfred Young
Make Checks payable to:
Upward Community Services
P.O. Box 4149
Covington, LA 70434

Who we are 

Since 1989, Upward Community Services (UCS) has improved the lives of the working poor in St. Tammany and Washington parishes by giving them the opportunity and exposure needed to break the cycle of poverty, crime, neglect and substance abuse.
Faith-based, non-denominational and unique in its mission, Upward Community Services is a nonprofit organization that strives to make your community a better, safer place to live.

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