Reacting to...
...a lack of quality low-income housing for needy citizens of the community,



Stone formed a partnership with another local church many years ago and created a substantial subsidized housing development known as the Fairview-Fairmont Apartments.  Stone and its partner church continue to subsidize operations at Fairview-Fairmont and provide religious and social programming and education for the residents of the facility.



The Outreach Center at Fairview/Fairmont opened its doors again to children on December 6 when the Meadville YMCA began operating its Kids Club at the Center. The Outreach Board and the Y have worked out staffing, programming and support details to provide a partnership of service at Fairview/Fairmont. The Y provides the staff and follows its Kids Club programming model for the after-school program. The Outreach Board provides supplies and equipment and underwrites the cost of Internet services, cleaning of the Outreach Center, and other needs. Once again, we are grateful to both Stone UMC and First Presbyterian for their continued financial support. The Board is fully involved in this partnership and will continue to offer opportunities to both churches to support Kids Club.

Staff persons, hired by the Y, are Rosanne and Emily. Rosanne has returned to the area from working with preschoolers in inner-city Baltimore and Emily has missionary folks in her background. Kids Club operates very similarly to the after-school program offered by the Outreach Board since 1977. Kids Club provides an after-school snack, offers homework help, encourages independent reading along with story time, and coordinates arts and crafts projects and recreational opportunities. 24 elementary age children signed up for Kids Club with attendance averaging between 15-18. Kids Club will also be providing a supper meal during the week in the near future.

Rosanne and Emily have experience with children, enthusiasm, and a knack for knowing what’s needed at the Outreach Center. We are so happy to have them on board and that the response of children and families has been so positive.

Stay tuned for updates from Kids Club at the Outreach Center!

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Contact: Stone UMC @ 814-724-6736

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