What We Do
Homework and reading clubs
Neighbors’ House provides opportunities for students to receive academic support through after school homework clubs and reading programs. These programs take place in income-eligible housing complexes throughout DeKalb County. This twice-a-week program is staffed by regular volunteers who commit to a year of service. This helps foster committed relationships between the adults and students. Our goal is that each student would feel safe, supported, cared for, and valued by our volunteers, all while receiving the academic support they may need.
summer reading vacation
Each year, Neighbors’ House provides a “Summer Reading Vacation” curriculum which is a week-long reading program that combines learning activities, games, crafts, and fun all together! This is another program made possible by our volunteers. Summer Reading Vacations are developed around a theme and students engage in the theme during reading and activities throughout the week.
This year’s theme for 2019 is “Wonders of Nature” where students will glimpse the awe-inspired beauty that God has created all around us. Each day, volunteers will the share with the students stories and informational text on a variety of nature topics, followed by crafts, games, and reading response activities to take what they are learning a little bit deeper. The students also receive a take-home reading response journal to record their summer reading, as well as a book to keep at the end of the week.
spring break reading vacation
Our newest program launched in 2019, thanks to a grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the vision held by our former director, Ruth O’Donnell. Neighbors’ House partnered with a local music educator to develop a program that would engage the students in both literacy, art, and music elements. Thanks to this grant, we were able to fund the curriculum development, purchase instruments to use during the week, and provide materials for crafts, games, and other activities.
One highlight of this year’s Spring Break Music Vacation was that each day of the program featured a visit from a “guest musician”. These were men and women from our local community who shared their experiences as music educators, professional chorus singers, songwriters, storytellers, worship leaders, and those with recorded albums! This was a treat for the students. The students were able to connect with each person and have an opportunity to hear them share their music and share more about their story and journey with music.
We are always looking for creative ways to engage the students with those in their community and to see the potential that exists in their own future.
Empower Your Church to Make an Impact
why Neighbors’ House?
Many churches have a desire to truly be Jesus’ hands and feet to their community. This can take many different forms: supporting other local social services, hosting meals, giving those in need work opportunities or financial support, praying for and with community members, and sharing the Gospel.
We want you to consider Neighbors’ House as an opportunity for your church members to meet the needs of many under-served students in our area. Studies show that having trusted, committed relationships with an adult is a key component to student success. We are proud to provide a space for these relationships to flourish. Many of our volunteers have served for multiple years in the same location. You can imagine the impact this has had on the students in whom they’ve invested so much time, year after year.
In an ideal scenario, Neighbors’ House partners with a local church who would “sponsor” a particular location - perhaps in their church neighborhood, area, or town. The sponsoring church would build their own group of regular volunteers to staff the program, and Neighbors’ House would provide training and materials, curriculum, resources, and support. Our vision is that churches would take ownership over their site and it would become a key ministry that the church members support.
Another way for churches to support Neighbors’ House is to consider us a partner in the mission field. Just as a missionary raises support, Neighbors’ House also relies on financial donors to help make an impact in our community for the glory of God. Consider partnering with us on a monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis to ensure that our programs continue to help support student success and God-centered relationships.