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December 10,2015

 
What's Sprouting?
 
This Issue:
- Reminder: Wrapping Party Tmrw Night 6-8 pm
- Caroling & Posada Night, Wednesday Dec 16th
- Year-End Giving Opportunity
- Reflecting on a Challenging but Good Year

Coming Events:

 - Friday, Dec 11th - Melvin's Hope "Wrap Party"
 - Wednesday, Dec 16th - Caroling & Posada!
 - Save the Date! - Kids at Heart - June 4, 2016


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It's Time to Break Out Your "Wrap" Skills!!
TOMORROW NIGHT December 11th, 6- 8:30 pm, GreenHouse Clubhouse
Wrapping Party - 708 Northfield Dr. 95833

Join GreenHouse parents and staff for an evening of fun, pizza, and gift-wrapping!  This is a great chance to work side-by-side with parents from the community on something that directly benefits youth.   We need your help to wrap the more than 230 gifts for neighborhood children. 
Arrive when you can and stay for as long as you're able.

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Josiah Gorter at josiah
@thegreenhousecenter.org if you're able to help us out!
 
More information about our Christmas community-service events
is on our events page at our website.
Caroling and "Posada Night"!  For the second year in a row, the parents from our Parent Action Team are sharing a bit of their culture with us by hosting a Posada Celebration, complete with a cresh scene, Mary and Joseph in procession, and a pinata party at the end!  

If you are interested in joining us on Wednesday Dec 16th from 6-8:30 pm, email Brian at brian@thegreenhousecenter.org for instructions.   Warm clothes and flashlights are a must!
Year End Giving
Our Year-End letter is arriving in mailboxes this week, and also available HERE.  Please consider making a year-end donation to The GreenHouse to support our programs for neighborhood youth. 

Lives are being changed and a neighborhood is being renewed!  
Online donation link is HERE.  Thank you!!
Reflecting on a Challenging but Good Year . . .

Our year started with a fatal shooting at Niños Park, just across the street from The GreenHouse facility. On January 19, late afternoon on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, words were exchanged between a young man from outside of the neighborhood with some older teens at the park.  Some of our kids were at the park playing basketball and hit the pavement when the bullets started flying.  Youth saw bleeding young men staggering past their apartment windows.  Board members had to go around police tape on their way to our board meeting that evening.
 
GreenHouse staff, parents, youth leaders, and local pastors rallied to bring together chaplaincy, counseling, and prayer resources to help the community respond, even as we were all traumatized ourselves.  Stories of previous shootings witnessed by our kids came spilling forth. We are still recovering from this trauma 11 months later . . .
 
What we are all proudest of is seeing the response of GreenHouse youth and parents:  Our 5th and 6th grade “junior leaders” responded by leading a memorial service at the park for the young man who was killed (above left), and then played freeze tag with volunteers right after. GreenHouse kids and parents said “no” to fear and reclaimed the park as their own, declaring that fun at the playground and soccer field will overcome violence. Local churches came to our side immediately, praying with our families and for the neighborhood (above, right).   We are so grateful to all those who come alongside us, in the good times and the hard times; sharing in God's good work in this neighborhood.

The work is hard, but it is always good . . .  


For more highlights and reflections on 2015, see our year-end letter here.
 
The Greenhouse
www.thegreenhousecenter.org

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 348138
Sacramento, CA 95834


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