I AM Helping Kids Like Me

Roderick

Twenty schools in six years …

We first met Roderick when his family was homeless in Atlanta. He and his older sister, Danielle, participated in our Children’s Program located at the shelter where they were living. Because of the transitional nature of his family’s living situation, Roderick attended more than 20 schools by the time he finished fifth grade. As often as we could, we had both children attend our programs, which included summer camp, Career Days hosted by our corporate partners and later, our teen program, which met weekly.

In seventh grade, Roderick expressed an interest in attending boarding school, which could provide him with much-needed stability if he continued to do well in his studies. Action Ministries helped him apply, gathered support from church groups and individuals, and in the eighth grade, Roderick entered Rabun Gap Nacoochee boarding school.

Blessed to be a blessing …

Fast forward seven years, and Roderick is now a sophomore at Young Harris College. He is president of Wesley Fellowship, and he and four fellow students recently paid a visit to our after-school program to explore ways they could “give back” in their college community.

Across the street from Young Harris is a housing community similar to the one we currently serve in the Children’s Program. One possibility the students are considering is setting up an after-school program for those kids. Roderick sees the need. The children come from low-income families, and many are behind in reading and math. He believes that the best way for them to break the cycle of poverty is through education.

“My reason for doing anything to help a child is because it was done for me,” Roderick said. “You helped me, and you didn’t ask anything in return.”

Roderick’s story is the story of so many of the kids we have the privilege to help reach their potential, and who then pay it forward to serve others in need.

Virginia Spencer

Executive Director

Action Ministries Atlanta

vspencer@actionministries.net

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