THRU Project Has More Opportunities for Sacred Service Than Ever Before!
Have you ever wanted to be the change you want to see in the world? Are you ready to live the Truth you are, putting our Unity principles into action? Now is the perfect time to consider serving the greater San Antonio area via THRU Project, an independent nonprofit that got its start as an outreach of Unity of San Antonio!
The THRU Project is dedicated to supporting foster youth as they transition into adult life. Unity of SA currently supports THRU with office space and other resources. Their co-founder is church member Elaine Hartle. Many Unity of SA members are volunteer Advisors (or mentors) for THRU youth. The mission of THRU Project is “To help youth overcome the challenges of growing up in the foster care system by providing guidance, support, and advocacy to prepare them for life after foster care.”
Some recent developments have increased the need for volunteer Advisors, as described by Gabriella Franklin, Resource Procurement Manager at THRU Project:
We have been working on cultivating a relationship with CPS (Child Protective Services) for some time and are now working with individual case workers at CPS.
Many of the individual case workers have multiple youth under their supervision. As a result, we are seeing a great influx of new youth seeking a mentoring relationship. Our reach is expanding rapidly with help from CPS, community members, and organizations becoming aware of us and sharing our mission.
The way THRU matches youth is by matching those who have the most in common, we do this to encourage success as they have a starting point to work from. Because of that we need a larger number of advisors/mentors available to pull from, otherwise we risk the match potential.
At this moment, we have 11 male youth waiting to be matched and we have matched all the male mentors we had available. It is imperative that we get more male volunteers as this population is very easily lost. We need to keep them engaged so that they don’t feel forgotten or unwanted yet again.