To say 2020 is unlike any other year would be such an underwhelming understatement! Like everyone, we didn’t know how COVID would affect our Rise Up families. But, our staff quickly started cooking and packaging meals for our families that requested them. We provided these meals until we could get the green light from the state to start programming in May. Youth were then on site at The Refuge until early July.
Now, we’re back again!
Currently, Johnson City Schools is doing virtual, online school. But, for many of our students, this is a challenge due to many factors. So, we are now a Remote Learning Site. Students come every day. They have small groups and individually go online with an adult in the room to help the student have the optimal online educational experience. JC Schools provide breakfast and lunch, and we provide a home cooked meal after school.
Our system will allow us to serve youth even if they attend on site school with a staggered schedule. Why? Because we love our families, and we could not do it without volunteers, donors, and people who pray!