Saint Joseph After School Program
The St. Joseph After School Program is a project initiated by the Episcopal Servant Leadership Corps located in St. Joseph, LA. The purpose of the program is to offer a nonthreatening environment where children of the community can get assistance with their school assignments and experience positive reinforcement in an academic setting. Goals of the program include: increase reading fluency and comprehension, teach math computation and thinking skills, teach writing techniques, build confidence, and teach social skills.The after school program began September 3, 2014 at the Shepard Center in St. Joseph, LA. In January, 2015 the program moved to the Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall. For 2015, the Program began one-on-one assistance for registered students. Students meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. The program continues through 2017 and added one session for a student needing help dealing with dyslexia.
The program has 6 students registered for 2016-2017. Volunteer instructors include two certified teachers and two to four qualified assistants.
In order to continue a successful program more volunteers are needed because the students receive individual instruction.
The Shepherd Center
CEC continues to support The Shepherd Center. The Shepherd Center provides very low cost needed clothing and other items to low income families in the area. The Diocese of Western Louisiana is a major funding supporter of The Shepherd Center. The Shepherd Center is open year round. The Shepherd Center also provides employment for some local residents.
Shepherd Center Christmas
Approximately 100 families received bags of groceries at the Shepherd Center Christmas in December 2016. Santa Claus greeted the children again in 2016 as the Shepherd Center Christmas Event provided toys for nearly 100 children.
Alcoholics Anonymous Meets in CEC Parish House
CEC continues to provide the meeting area for the local AA. CEC has offered this space for many years and will continue to offer the help to AA.