In the spirit of giving and caring for others, the Live Bridge Foundation reach out to several communities and individuals living around the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and surrounding states through the distribution of food items and medical supplies to communities and orphanage homes, as well as cooked food sharing on the streets. These outreach […]
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are other killer illnesses such as malaria, Lassa fever, Cholera amongst others, and now the Coronavirus disease. Some of these illnesses are contracted unknowingly and with limited access to healthcare centers for proper medical diagnosis and drug prescription in rural communities, this poses a great challenge to rural dwellers. […]
The closure of schools, universities, and other learning institutions, as well as the interruption of many literacies and lifelong learning programs, according to UNESCO has affected the lives of 1.6 billion students in over 190 countries across the world which is as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that posed a disruption of the global […]
Hello there! Welcome to our first blog post of the year 2021 with a recap of our activities during the holidays; The LBF holiday tradition. It is said that the act of sharing runs as a provisional bridging tool between people and communities providing the connective tissue in ways that are hard to measure through […]
Christmas is only a couple of weeks away and I just had to add this wonderful Christmas party to my list of 4 favorite parties of the week! Without doubt we must agreed that this year has been a little bit tough for everyone especially with the 2020 pandemic and lock down that followed. That […]
“I can’t wait for 2020 to end.”
How many times have you heard this or said it?
A staggering number of lives lost. A deeply troubled economy. Shuttered businesses. Unemployment. Struggling families.
And yet, here we all are, thinking about and preparing to express our thankfulness, in every way we can.
We’ll start by saying that everyone at Hephzibah is so grateful to our generous donors who have enabled us to help the vulnerable children and families who have come to us in their time of need. We are only able to assist them because of you. Thank you.
We are also grateful for each other. Although many of us are working remotely, each day we find new ways to work with each other and with our clients, bringing us together as individuals, but also as a team working to promote our mission of helping children thrive and families flourish.
We are also profoundly grateful for our community which often feels more like a large extended family rather than a random group of individuals. Our ..
Did you know that more than 70% of Hephzibah’s staff, across our various departments, are designated essential workers?
While many organizations have been able to transition to remote-operations during the pandemic, Hephzibah’s essential workers are continuing to deliver vital, in-person services to vulnerable children and struggling families. In many cases, connecting in real-life to is the only way to effectively help them get through this difficult time; Hephzibah’s mission is to help children thrive and families flourish and our commitment is only stronger during this pandemic.
Since March, Hephzibah Home has been on lockdown; the only people permitted to enter are the 30 residential counselors, supervisors, therapists, cooks and maintenance staff who work around the clock on-site caring for children living there. This has been extra challenging because the children must remain on the premises and keeping 26 high-needs young children safe, entertained, and engaged in e-learning f..
Do these children have all they need? It’s the first question on every parent’s mind when it comes to education. And so is the LBF team when it comes to the little ones in Christ Treasured Orphanage and surrounding communities especially as schools reopen. The only way we can answer that question is through shared […]
Covid-19 has hit families hard.
But this is not Hephzibah’s first pandemic. We have been responding to the needs of families for 123 years, and we know what to do.
Hephzibah has made the bold decision to increase our services and grow our programs during this difficult time because it is what children and families – our community – needs.
We are doubling the number of families served who are struggling to provide safe, stable homes for their children. By providing parent coaching, emergency support, therapy services and critical referrals we are preventing child abuse and neglect by stabilizing families.
For our most traumatized children living at Hephzibah Home, we are supporting their unique e-learning needs and also adding additional therapists, social workers and caretakers to offer children the very highest level of care while they call Hephzibah their home.
We responded to a community need for safe, affordable childcare by creating a full-day program supporting e-learning an..
We are proud to announce Hephzibah’s 2020 HeartPrint award winners: Zack Zubkus and Nina Petrosino, both of whom are extraordinary young people and both just graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School (OPRF).
Zack Zubkus has been involved with Hephzibah since 2018 as a Big Brother and as a Summer Day Care volunteer. He has stood out since he began, for his dedication to the children, his responsibility, and the personal touches he brings to the work he’s done.
As one of the volunteer coordinators says of Zack: “I wanted to contact you [Hannah Weigel, Hephzibah’s Volunteer Manager] about a particular volunteer. While all of the volunteers have been so, so wonderful and I am so grateful for all of their help, one has truly gone above and beyond. His name is Zack. He comes in regularly, knows the kids’ names and knows them personally. He is an absolute natural with the kids, too, and I’m sure he will be so missed by them!! He has truly blown the “Hephzibah volunteer” job description out of the water. He is caring, kind and silly with all staff and kids and we are all so grateful for everything he’s done for us this summer. He undoubtedly deserves recognition for all his hard work!!”.
Zack chose to become involved with Hephzibah at the recommendation of a family friend who had been involved with Hephzibah for many years.
“One of my favorite memories at Hephzibah was the first time my little brother beat me at connect 4,” Zack said. “He had been pretending like he had no idea how to play, but he suddenly pulled out a bunch of crazy moves and won the game. I never had a chance and haven’t ever won a game with him!”
“Another favorite memory is my last day working at the summer camp program Hephzibah held at Lincoln Elementary. When I finally left that day, several hours later than usual, I had to wade through a whole mob of kids who were trying to keep me from leaving.”
Next year Zack will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working towards a degree in Nursing. “Working with Hephzibah has allowed me to meet so many amazing people, both kids and staff…It’s been a great time.”
Nina Petrosino, our other 2020 HeartPrint Award winner, has been an active volunteer with Hephzibah for several years; she has been an OPRF Huskie Helper for 4 years, a Huskie Helper officer for two years, and a Big Sister since November 2019.
“I chose to volunteer for Hephzibah mostly because I admire Hephzibah’s mission to help young children in a transitional time of their life,” Nina said. “I also chose Hephzibah because the OPRF Huskie Helpers was such a fun way to get involved. It was great to join other kids my age who wanted to work together to plan events for the kids living at Hephzibah Home.”
“One of my favorite memories was when I was watching an OPRF football game with the Hephzibah kids. This particular game, the kids were so excited, they could barely sit still in the stands. I remember dancing with the kids who were trying to copy some of the cheerleaders and cheering. It was so fun to see the kids have such a great time and share it with them.”
“Another great memory is of the 2019 Rodeo [a fun, annual event organized by the OPRF Huskie Helpers for the kids of Hephzibah Home]. I was the selected DJ for the day and I was sitting near the speaker—the kids couldn’t get enough of the song “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and we had it on repeat, the kids didn’t get tired of singing and dancing! They were so eager to show me their newly learned dance moves, it was an awesome time!”
Nina says her `work with Hephzibah affected her in many positive ways.
“Connecting with the kids has been so enjoyable,” she said. “It introduced me to people of different backgrounds than my own and listen to their experiences; this has made me a more sympathetic person. It was an honor to surround myself with these amazing kids and be a role model to them. My time at Hephzibah has shaped me into the person I am today.”
Next fall, Nina will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study Political Science. According to Nina, “One day, I hope to create change within the system.”
Hephzibah is truly grateful to these remarkable volunteers. Zack and Nina, we wish you all the best of everything as you embark on your next journey, we will miss you! But we know that wherever you go, you’ll take a piece of Hephzibah with you.
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