This evening we took supper to the participants of Camp New Hope who are spending a week at Sequoyah State Park on Lake Fort Gibson. New Hope is a ministry directed toward children who have a family member who is incarcerated. Any child, age 8-17, who has a parent in prison is welcome at no charge. Camps are held during the summer for several age groups, this week was for teens 14 and 15 years old. The menu was hot dogs, fresh corn on the cob, and home made cupcakes. Just the thing for the Fourth of July, our national Independence Day.
Children who have a parent in prison are prone to have more problems at school, become depressed, are at greater risk of being abused, and are more likely to be arrested. New Hope provides healthy experiences and support services for these children.
Beginning with a half dozen campers in 1992, the ministry has grown to camps for multiple age groups and is pleased to have former campers now serving as counselors. In addition to the summer camps other activities are held throughout the year. I got to be Santa for their Christmas party.
This is a wonderful ministry. They do a great deal with very few resources. To know more about what they do, please visit their web site HERE.