Mathew’s Place is a reading club for kids.
Matthew’s Place has a dual meaning. In the gospels we read the story of Jesus going into the house of Matthew the Tax Collector and hanging out with him and his friends. Basically, we are just doing the same thing … hanging out with those God brings our way, whoever they are. Also, in a local context, the person we initially approached to help with the reading club was a local teenage boy named Matthew. He brought his little brother on that first Wednesday and became the first member of the Reading Club.
- the children of South Richmond improving their reading skills, developing confidence in themselves and discovering potential for educational & occupational success.
- these children finding a safe environment from the dangers found on the neighborhood streets and in challenging home environments.
- their neighbors coming alongside them sharing their time, talents and occupational experiences.
- examining your own prejudices, have them challenged, and beginning to leave them behind.
- and birthday cakes!!!