Building a Better Future

Thank you for your prayers and support for our children, families and staff over the past several weeks. As we continue to provide support through this difficult time, we are learning from the mistakes of the past, addressing the needs of the present, and building towards a better future. In light of recent events there is no more important time for us to show our children and families our love and care.

Message from Executive Director

Just when our city was beginning to reopen from COVID-19, we find ourselves facing a more grave situation. The very neighborhoods hit hardest by the virus have now been devastated by rioting and looting. We literally have staff and families in anguish and outrage, left even more under-resourced and isolated than before.

We at By The Hand Club are grieving. We are grieving the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the loss of far too many Black lives to list. We are grieving our long history of systemic injustice that too often extends dignity and opportunity based on color and class. We are grieving because our children, families and staff are hurting and afraid. We are grieving because of violence of any kind, including the violence of those who are deliberately taking advantage of this tragic situation to loot, riot and harm others. Some of the actors are simply wicked and others are just plain angry by a system that has failed them. Our prayers go out for both.

Thankfully, we do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). We know that God knows, sees, hears and is coming again. Through his prophet Isaiah, God calls us as his followers to: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed” (Isaiah 56:1).

Pray that Jesus will help us to live our lives knowing He is coming again soon. Pray that He will help us shepherd our children through difficult times while we work toward bringing educational equity.

Created in the image of God, Black lives are invaluable and worthy of our utmost love and respect. Please pray that God will help us know how to speak out and work for justice for all as the people of God.

Donnita Travis

Donnita
Executive Director

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

MICAH 6:8

Everyone at By The Hand is passionate about loving and nurturing each child to his or her full potential. So we are doing everything we can to support them during this difficult time.

8626
Student Wellness Checks
3157
Students Engaged Through Chapel & Small Groups
5486
Student Academic Engagement Activities
596
Students Gained Tech Access
1031
Families Received Food Boxes
151
Families Received Emergency Care Packages

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