As many of you know in November 2014, we were able to purchase a modest piece of property just a few miles west of where the existing Thrift Spot lies. Our dream (and this will take time and money) is to build the Jenna Grace King Outreach Center which will house all of our current operations (Food Pantry, Thrift Spot, Small Home Repair Mission) as well as to be able to facilitate many other activities such as healthy cooking/eating classes, after school programs, money management classes, interviewing skills, etc.
We also plan to have a multipurpose room that will allow agencies like The United Way and county agencies/programs to use the building to offer a variety of services that are missing in this part of the county. There will be a prayer room and a chapel and who knows, maybe one day we will have a unique type of church experience there.
We have already begun our outreach missions in the area of mental health counseling through our partnership with Genesis Counseling Center in Williamsburg. Currently there is an intern who is willing to see clients for what they can afford. She is seeing clients now in the Williamsburg office but will soon move to Christ Community Church in Toano to be more accessible to folks in our area. Working together, we can do so much more than alone. So, ask questions, give suggestions, and please SHARE this post so all will be informed. Thank you!
The event will take place August 1, 2015 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Rockahock Campground in Lanexa, VA. This carnival style family event is loaded with fun things to do! You can take a hayride, train ride (for kids), play games, listen to live music, eat great BBQ and other foods/ice cream, shop at many fine vendors, participate in dancing demos, place your bids at our HUGE Silent Auction, watch and participate in a Butterfly Release, and much more!! For more information about this year’s Jenna Bash Festival go here. Hope to see you there!
5K Race, Inflatables, Silent Auction, BBQ Competition! A portion of the proceeds will benefit Proclaiming Grace Outreach.
Pickin’ N Pullin’ BBQ Competition & Amateur Backyard BBQ Contest
Win a Zup Wakeboard at the Silent Auction!
Zup Wakeboard in action!
Come one, come all to Rockahock Campground on April 18, 2015! This will be a great day of fun for the family.
Here’s what’s going on:
5K Race/One Mile Fun Run/Walk – Register at 8:00 AM and run at 8:30 AM
The following events run from 12 PM to 6 PM…
- Inflatables will be up and the charge for admission is $10 per carload. Load up all the kiddies to come and have some jumping and sliding fun.
- Pickin’ N Pullin’ BBQ Competition and Amateur Backyard BBQ Contest – You may also get a taste of all the wonderful BBQ’s for just $5.00 per person – please go to Rockahock.com to find all the details and to register.
- Silent Auction!! Lots of fun items to bid on including a ZUP Wakeboard!!!
- Live Music by Work in Progress and FoxFire The Band!!!
Spring has sprung at the Thrift Spot. All of our Easter items are being put out for sale and items of Spring clothing are slowly being added to our clothing racks. Be sure to visit us this weekend for a Sunny Spring Day at the Thrift Spot. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays at 18457 New Kent Highway. Look for the yellow building with purple shutters and the parking lot full of cars 🙂
The Results Are In!!
The PGO Food Pantry had another very successful year. Exactly 150 different families received food from our pantry at least once during 2014. We averaged fourteen hard working volunteers each time we were open. This does not include all the numerous volunteer hours required to travel to Richmond to the Central Virginia Food Bank and other locations to get the food. This sounds like a lot of work, but in reality, it’s a lot of people having fun helping others. On average, 67 families received food each time we were open. That means each family received an average of 50 pounds of food. 64,662 pounds of food came from the Central Virginia Food Bank and 14,606 pounds was donated by churches, civic groups, Girl Scout troops, individuals, and local businesses. Unbelievably, 79,226 pounds of food flowed through our pantry during 2014. The numbers reported above are important but the real blessing of the PGO Food Pantry is its ability to respond to God’s call to not only help those in need but have fun celebrating the lives of our volunteers and clients. Jesus has given us a way to give to Him as we give to the people of our community. We are grateful. Thank you to Him and to the community who supports Proclaiming Grace Outreach.