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2019 march update: spring break

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Spring Break!

Dear CGM friends and family,

 Our students just got back from Spring Break. Even though our office was closed for the week, that didn't mean staff weren't out spending time with our students. We took high school students that were on the A/B honor roll to Orange Beach for the week. One young woman saw the beach for the first time in her life. Another student found the joy of humility while being schooled on the basketball court (to his chagrin, by shorter, older women). He also discovered the sensitivity of the body when you put it in motion in an amusement park ride (he was so confident at first, and so sick with nausea afterward!).

Locally, staffers took small groups to places like Rockin' Jump; they had sleepovers and swimming pool events and went out to eat. One young woman spent 8 hours dress shopping with one of our staff. Some middle school boys got to attend a civil rights celebration breakfast presented by national Greek-letter fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi.

We had all these interactions and more on a week when the office was closed... And we couldn't be here doing any of this without your support. You provide us the means to help change the landscape of Montgomery and beyond. Not because you help us beat the odds for these students, but because you help in CHANGING THE ODDS for the students in our community.

Thank you for your continued support, whether financially or in volunteering, and your earnest prayers. Though the pendulum of life swings often between valleys of tears and mountain tops of laughter, our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ continues, and in no small part to your faithfulness towards us.

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Summer Camp is soon upon us! 

The 2019 Summer Camp is coming up and we are expecting many children in attendance. For over eight weeks we will be able to invest wholeheartedly in these children. Our staff and interns will be able to work on academics with them, share the gospel through bible studies, build lasting relationships, and honestly just HAVE FUN some days!

CGM's Summer Camp is vital in keeping so many children off the streets and among the influence of positive role models like our staff and college interns. Without the structure, stability, and loving influence provided in the Summer Camp, many of the children would be on their own throughout the day and left to occupy and fend for themselves.

The cost of a child attending our camp is $500.

Would you consider donating to our Summer Camp Program? Click the Donate Now button below and select Summer Camp as the fund to apply your donation towards.

jaylan saunders family fund

Dear CGM friends and family,

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Last week, Jaylan Saunders, a 16 year-old student in our program, was shot and killed as he slept at home. Many people, through various social media channels or in private communication, have expressed a desire to help his family in the aftermath of this senseless loss.

Common Ground Montgomery will be serving as an instrument of collection to help the family in three ways:

  1. Collection of remaining funeral expenses (the service will be on Saturday, February 2nd, at River City Church—301 Dexter Ave—at noon)

  2. Money to help the family during this time of lost wages and also to help with relocation away from the house (in which he was killed in front of his mom and twin sister)

  3. Long term professional trauma counseling costs for his mom and sisters

Would you consider donating toward these expenses either online (www.cgm.life/donate) under the “13. Jaylan Saunders Family Fund” line item, or via check sent to :

Common Ground Montgomery
P.O. Box 1866
Montgomery, Al. 36102
PLEASE NOTE “JAYLAN SAUNDERS FAMILY FUND” IN THE MEMO LINE

We thank you so much for your kindness and mercy during this devastating time.

Psalm 34:3,
Bryan Kelly

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