Friday, October 15, 2010

The Limelight - Jonathan's Place

For 15 years, Jonathan's Place has been caring for the Dallas area's youngest victims of abuse. Jonathan's Place provides this care through three programs.

The emergency shelter – the main program at Jonathan’s Place - provides specialized services and 24-hour residential care and is the only emergency shelter in Dallas County that provides residential services for children in crisis under the age of 10.

In the Foster & Adoptive Family Program, Jonathan's Place recruits potential foster and adoptive families, conducts comprehensive training and verifies the families as either foster or foster-to-adopt families. Jonathan's Place is the only organization in Dallas County and one of only a few organizations in the State of Texas that provides a continuum of care from crisis placement in an emergency shelter to placement with a foster family to, ultimately, adoption.

The Residential Therapeutic Program provides long-term residential care to girls age 10 - 17 that require a higher level of therapeutic care than the children in their shelter. This program is the only such program in Dallas County.

Take a Virtual Tour of the facility: http://www.jpkids.org/index.php?n=2
How can I help?
· Direct care volunteer
Assist staff working directly with the children. Duties include anything from assisting with meals to reading a book to playing games to helping with homework to getting the kids ready for bed.
· Coordinate "special outings" for the children
Plan a picnic, movie night or a trip to McDonald's. You plan the entire event, and the staff will bring the kids and help wherever you need them.
· Coordinate donation drives
· Help sort and organize donations
· Assist with office tasks
· Help with various tasks during the holiday season

Jonathan’s Place encourages both groups and individuals to volunteer.
Contact: Sarah Boyea, Volunteer Coordinator - (972) 303-5303 x235

Every year, hundreds of children call Jonathan's Place home. Each one of those children receive not only special services and a safe place to stay, but they also receive clothes, shoes, toys, books, games and so much more. Everything they receive at Jonathan's Place, they get to take with them when they move to a more permanent living arrangement. Please visit their Amazon.com wish list for items the kids want and things the organization needs to make their stay better. Or, if you prefer, you can make a cash donation online.

Life has not been good for these youngsters, and Jonathan’s Place is trying to make it better. With your help, every child that walks through their doors will walk out a happier, safer child.

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