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December 2009 ~ Page 2                                                          Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc.

December 2009 ~ Page 3

        Dear Summerhill Friend,

                 When Jay first came to Summerhill at age 9, he...
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Summerhill Community Ministries Newsletter Dec09

  1. 1. Summerhill Community Ministries SERVING INNER-CITY YOUTH & FAMILIES IN Newsletter ~ December 2009 THE DOWNTOWN ATLANTA AREA Healthy Cooking at Summerhill When Robbie Burlas asked me if I Robbie introduced me to several thought a cooking program would other key people from Operation be beneficial for the kids, I had no Frontline and we began to make idea how much this cooking class preparations to bring this 6 week would impact our kids. Robbie is program to Summerhill. the president of The Georgia Our kids were so excited to meet Coalition for Physical Activity and Chef Lynn and Chef DaDa. They Nutrition (GPAN) which is grew very fond of the nutritionist, associated with Operation Marcia Rafig, who taught them Frontline, an organization which healthy eating and safe food teaches kids and families to cook practices. It was amazing to see the healthy meals at a low cost. (Continued on page 2) Merry Christmas from Summerhill
  2. 2. December 2009 ~ Page 2 Summerhill Community Ministries, Inc. Over the years, the cancer has at times been so painful that grandma could not cook anything herself for the two of them. There was often no food to cook, so we would buy groceries for them. It is very normal for Jordan to warm cans of soup and fix frozen meals for grandma and him. This cooking class soon became one of the (Continued from page 1) highlights for Jordan in the after school program. He couldn’t wait to kids eager to cut up carrots, bell assist Chef Lynn with the prep peppers, onions and fresh garlic as work, so he would get straight to they prepared these delicious, his homework when he arrived at healthy and tasty meals. They the center. learned how to safely handle and A wonderful thing about this cut with knives. They were cooking and nutrition program is introduced to new tastes in that the older kids get a bag of seasonings, vegetables and fruits. groceries at the end of the class so They used electric skillets and hot that they can prepare the same plates to prepare these meals. The meal for their families at home. Karen Kierath of GPAN for bringing kids prepared turkey vegetable Jordan was able to cook these this wonderful, informative cooking chili, stovetop macaroni and healthy meals at home. Grandma program to the kids of Summerhill! cheese with broccoli, banana told me that they cooked some of pancakes, yogurt parfaits, vegetable pizza, fruit kebabs, and them together and how tasty they Justina Dix were! Executive Director much more! Operation Frontline brought more “… the older kids get a bag of than I expected to Summerhill and we are thankful to Dr. Calloway and groceries at the end of the class, so that they can prepare the same meal for their families at home.” One special moment for me involved Jordan, an 11 year old boy who has been with us since age 5. I looked into the kitchen during one class and watched Jordan sautéing vegetables for a stir fry recipe. He was very intense as he carefully tossed the veggies around in the pan, making sure all were covered with the olive oil. I knew that this was a child who would go home and cook this meal for his grandmother, who is suffering from cancer. P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • •
  3. 3. December 2009 ~ Page 3 Dear Summerhill Friend, When Jay first came to Summerhill at age 9, he was one of 4 siblings in a single-parent home, uncoordinated and awkward. He took advantage of Summerhill's encouragement to work hard in school, and he mastered the skills taught through Summerhill basketball teams, learning a lot about character along the way. He has been a part of our job training program for the last 4 years. Jay worked hard and overcame many temptations that ensnared his friends. He graduated with honors from high school and received a basketball scholarship to college. Jay is now a sophomore math major at Allen University in Columbia, SC and won A.I.I. Male Freshman Player of the Year honors in NAIA Men’s Division 1 basketball last year. I tell you Jay's story because it is due to your generosity to Summerhill Community Ministries that we are able to help him and countless others like him. Our mission is to reach Atlanta's inner city youth and families for Christ and we seek to accomplish our mission by providing opportunities for personal, academic, spiritual, family and community improvement. Like Jay, the young boys and girls from the inner-city of Atlanta, GA are daring to dream about going to college and getting a good job. I so wish I could tell you that every story has a happy ending like Jay's, but for every child we are able to reach there are many more that we can't. This is why your generous gifts are so important. As we celebrate the greatest Gift ever given, would you consider doing three important things to sustain this ministry?  We desperately need your continual prayer support.  Consider a special year-end gift. Your gift will help to fund our after-school program, summer camp and job training program, and by contributing, you are helping to address needs and improve lives throughout our entire community.  Present Summerhill Community Ministries to your church. We have many volunteer needs for the after school program and summer camp. We would love to welcome you for a day or a summer to get to know the people in our community. Thank you for prayerfully supporting the important work we do here. May God richly bless you this holiday season and in the coming year. Sincerely, Justina Dix Executive Director Summerhill Community Ministries P.O. Box 160294 Atlanta, Georgia 30316 P. O. Box 160294 • Atlanta, Georgia 30316 • 404-964-4604 • •