If only I were a little more technically savvy, I could have pictures and video's to show you more of what is going on with NEWS Worthy Network in this newsletter! But for now, you will just have to visit our Facebook page http://facebook.com/nwnAltoona There is always something going on, and it has been a journey of learning and growing in the process!
If you are reading this and wondering, What can I do to help out? There must be something that I can do to help out. Let me invite you to become a "Friend" of NEWS Worthy Network. If there is a particular skill you may have or you just like to support a great cause, we can put your talent and skill to good use. Here are a few ways :)
Friends helping Friends at Boscov's, October 16th ( A $5.00 coupon for 25% off)
If you would like to sell coupons or purchase them, that helps our non-profit!
Yard Sale at New Life Worship Center, October 19th & 20th
We need individuals who like to set up for a huge indoor yard sale!
You may have some items that you would like to donate to the sale.
Our yard sales are well advertised and have been a blessing for many!
Want to become an active "friend" of NEWS Worthy Network, we welcome you to join us at our Friends meeting scheduled for September 17th. At the meeting, we will discuss upcoming events and plan for their success.
If you like manual labor, we have a house that is being renovated, but prior to any remodeling, we have been doing a total gutting of the place. We still have to remove some drywall screws from the studs, and remove some of the woodwork that will be replaced. We are patiently waiting the architectural drawings that are being made in support of the permit. The process has been slower than we would like, but again, we are learning about the way you do business in the City of Altoona.
Maybe you have a desire to "pay it forward", for your family, friends, or loved ones. We have an Adopt a Room project, that is set up to honor or memorialize an individual who has been affected by addiction. You simply choose a room in the house to fund, and upon completion, we will be sure to display that individual's name on a plaque. This could be a great project for companies, or social groups to get involved in also. We can provide a brochure upon request.
Operation Our Town grant recipient. We are being recognized on August 29th, as one of the recipients of the Operation Our Town grants! We applied for the Work Services portion of our program, where the individuals at the house will be expected to participate in work projects within the community. This grant will provide the equipment needed for various projects like landscaping, painting, snow removal and house cleaning. We are grateful to be recognized as a non-profit that will be bettering the community that we live in.
As a faith based organization, we trust in the Lord, that He will provide for all of our needs. We trust that He will bring all things together to work for His glory for all of us who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
Feel free to contact us for more information, we would enjoy hearing from you!
Krista Knapp 814.934.8940
Cory Duey 814.932.4830
Sharon Shock 814.207.9139
Thanks for your continued support!
July was an eventful month! All hands were on deck for our first sponsored Teen's Camp, Recovery Bike Run, and Kids Camp, where we had the opportunity to continue the camps that previously were held by DayOne Ministries.
TEEN CAMP. On July 1st, Twenty-five teens joined NWN for an exciting time camping at Greene Hills Campground in Alexandria, PA. Camp Director Sharon Shock was joined by our Executive Director, Krista Knapp and her husband Jeremy Knapp (pastor and counselor) along with Franklin Morder (counselor). The theme was from the book of Genesis presenting Jesus as the Light of the world, and returning to His original design in the book of Genesis.
Each morning began with Bible study by the staff, who also were the cabin leaders for the teens, game enthusiasts, bon fire starters and part time cooks, who found out how much teenagers can eat! As Bible teachers these individuals brought the history of Creation to life, and most of all were great Christian examples for the teens. Each leader presented the gospel in their Bible lessons and their testimony. The teens enjoyed the Praise and Worship time and were involved in skits along with sharing their own testimonies.
Teens had breakthroughs with how to handle bullying by applying scripture, praying for the bully and replying with kind words. They were taught healthy ways of dealing with abuse and brokenness in the home. Boundaries were discussed, and the teens are learning that they are not at fault for some home situations and to keep praying for their parents. The young ladies and guys were given the purity message and how they don't need to accept the world's definition of beauty. The teens have come to know that the Lord doesn't make junk. They learned to respect their bodies as temples of the Lord, and He gives everyone free will, to choose Him or not, to sin or not, it is a choice. Some of the teens chose Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and for that we give God all the glory!
RECOVERY BIKE RUN. On July 21st, we held our first annual Recovery Bike Run. Although the forecast was against us, we had a great ride with no rain gear required! We had 23 registered for the Run, and the riders enjoyed a 109 mile scenic run through four counties. We were hosted by the Roundhouse Harley Davidson shop in Duncansville, and ventured up through Cresson to Sir Barney's restaurant in Flinton. The next stop on this "dice run" was Gio's in Woodland, where the riders enjoyed the award winning barbeque pork for a snack. Joe Dennis lead the ride, he then headed to Snappy's in the Bald Eagle area. The Run ended at New Life Worship Center, where the riders had a chicken dinner with all the sides, provided by our volunteers, "Friends of N.E.W.S. Worthy Network" and others. Prizes were provided for the riders and a raffle was held for prizes donated. The ride was also sponsored by each of the stops along with the following: Dixon Farms of Tyrone, Shannon's Pro-Clean, III-D Plumbing and Heating, Steve Seltzer Powersports and Keystone Connect. We made over $750.00 for the Run and look forward to making next years even better.
Recovery Bike Run Tee Shirts available. We have a limited amount of Tee Shirts available for sale, in sizes Medium, Large and Extra Large. Please contact Kathy Rhodes if interested in purchasing a shirt for $7.50
KID'S DAY CAMP. The week of July 23rd was a fun packed week for children in grades 1 through 6, where Kid's Day Camp was held at the Altoona Alliance Church. Children arrived at 9:00am and started their day with a Bible lesson based on their theme "In the beginning God created the heaven and earth." in the book of Genesis. Sharon Shock, N.E.W.S. Worthy Network's Camp Director was accompanied by the Child Evangelism Fellowship team and some volunteers, who worked with the youth providing teachings and activities throughout the week. The camp ended at 3:00pm each day.
On Monday, the children were indoors, involved in crafts, games and teachings. On Tuesday, the youth were bussed to the Bellwood public pool for a picnic lunch and hours of swimming fun, they visited a dairy farm in Martinsburg, where the children found out where dairy products came from and even experienced milking a cow. The field visit on Thursday took them to the Tyrone Park where they had a picnic lunch and an afternoon of swimming. Friday was a wonderful time of games, crafts and activities that was celebrated with lunch from McDonald's. The youth were challenged to memorize the scripture verse of the day, and to apply God's word to their lives! Special thanks to New Life and Trans4mation Churches who make the transportation possible.
Update on the Faith Foundation Home. Measurements taken, drawings are being worked. The City is giving us the go ahead to start replacing the roof, and we hope to be starting in a couple weeks, weather permitting. We have been visited by Operation Our Town committee members to share our vision and see how it lines up with their vision for Altoona. We have gotten a quote for the window replacement, and will have them replaced when the contractor will be putting on the new siding, after the building permit is acquired.
We are so grateful for our volunteers! The house is a labor of love, and we can't wait to see how the Lord is going to transform it before our eyes. Please keep this project in prayer! If you or your organization would like to volunteer at the house, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com We always have room for more Friends!
Thank You to all our Friends of NEWS Worthy Network!
Yard Sale success, $2,146.00 Grateful to all of You! Thank You! We held our two day Yard Sale fundraiser on June 1st & 2nd, and were so grateful for all of our donors, the people who came out to help set up, those that worked the two days, to all our patrons that got some really great deals, and also those that helped by boxing up the left overs for the Salvation Army! We not only made money, you also helped us with items needed for the Recovery House that we were able to put in storage until the doors open!
If you missed donating items, no worries, we will hold another yard sale in October!
Camp Invitation. Kids are out of school and looking for exciting adventures! Here at NEWS Worthy Network, we have taken on two camp opportunities for children and youth. In July, N.E.W.S. Worthy Network will be sponsoring two Camp sessions.
TEEN Camp (grades 7th-12th) will be held on July 1st through July 4th, at the Greene Hills Campground, Alexandria, PA (transportation provided from Canaan Station church pavilion). 4 days & 3 nights, Sunday 3:00 to Wednesday 11:30am.
Day Camp (grades 1-6), will be held on July 23rd through July 27th, Monday - Friday, at Christian Missionary Alliance church (by Planet Fitness), from 9:00am to 3:00pm
This is a great opportunity for Blair County children to experience Christian Camp close
to home. If you know any families who are interested in camp for their children, please contact or text Sharon Shock, Camp Director, 814.307.9139
Scripture Theme: “In the beginning God created the heaven and earth. Genesis 1:1
Interested in helping out?? Here's how you can:
* Sponsor a child for $30.
* Send a special love offering for our camp needs
* Volunteer as a Camp Counselor
* Transporting Teens to Campground in Alexandria
* Pray for the Youth
* Donating items below
Paper plates, cups, towels, napkins, & plasticware. Drink boxes, water, Lemonade & punch powder mixes, 2 Liter sodas, snacks, chips, pretzels, Hotdog rolls, bread, peanut butter & jelly, lunchmeat, sandwich bags, & Lg. trash bags, condiments. Craft supplies: glue, scissors, craft foam, paints.
RECOVERY BIKE RUN.
We will be holding our first annual Recovery Bike Run on July 21st. The Run will begin at the Roundhouse Harley Davidson shop located at 495 Municipal Drive, Duncansville and head up toward Cambria County with a first stop at Sir Barney's in Flinton. The second stop for the 100 mile ride will be at Gio's in Woodland, just off the I80 exit in Clearfield County area and then proceed down through Centre County to Snappy's at Bald Eagle, and circle back to Blair County. Our final destination will be New Life Worship Center, where the riders and the public will enjoy a chicken dinner with all the sides.
Registration for the Run will include a meal and a T-shirt. The Run will include a game for the participants to win prizes. Meals for the public will be $7.00 T-shirts can be purchased at $8.00 ($3.00 extra for sizes 2x and above). Individuals can register on line at our website, newsworthynetwork.org and clicking on the tab for the Recovery Bike Run, or by contacting us on the home page of the website, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are still looking for more "sponsors" for the T-Shirts. For $100.00 we will include your business name on the shirts, or for $150.00 we will put your business logo on them. If your employer may be interested, please don't hesitate to provide contact information so we can include them. Deadline for sponsors will be the beginning of July.
Update on the Faith Foundation Home. We are in the process of having drawings made up and will be submitting them to the City of Altoona to acquire the permits needed for the construction phase. We have received grant money that will enable us to get the roof and the siding jobs completed. We are currently pricing windows to find the best deal for the number of windows needed.
We have a few contractors that we are working closely with, for advice and expertise in getting the job done. We truly appreciate their help and the guidance they are providing.
Many thanks to those that showed up on June 16th, for our scheduled Work Day at the house. We are so grateful for our volunteers! The house is a labor of love, and we can't wait to see how the Lord is going to transform it before our eyes. Please keep this project in prayer!
Thank You to all our Friends of NEWS Worthy Network!
For over a year we prepared, and the day arrived, April 20, 2018, the first of the NEWS Worthy Network annual banquets became a reality. If I were to capture the evening in one word, it would be "connections". Connections were being built throughout the year, starting with the Board Members. We have a Board of individuals who are dedicated and committed to seeing the Vision of the Executive Director, Krista Knapp become a reality.
We are giving God the credit for hand picking and putting these members together. Tammy Lundgren was well versed in creating non-profit organizations, she also had worked in the counseling field, working with men and women, many of who had drug and alcohol problems. Tammy's credentials as a counselor, and volunteer helped the cause. Her computer skills were an asset to setting up the website, NEWSWorthyNetwork.org
Cory Duey, a well known and loved lady that had been involved in many ministries which included individuals of all ages. She is a real people person and has been in the service industry for many years. She has her own business, and her husband is also a successful businessman. Cory is an energetic, get r done, type of lady that always sees the glass over flowing.
Sharon Shock comes to us from DayOne of Greater Altoona, a non-profit counseling center. Sharon has been involved in counseling and fundraising to support many of the programs that were offered by DayOne. She has offered a lot of advice based on many of her experiences over the 20+ years with non-profit organizations. She has a creative flair and a real love for children. She has been involved in the start up of the Teen Camp and Day Camp that NWN will sponsor every July.
Kathy Rhodes, a recent retiree from FirstEnergy, who has been conducting Bible Studies in the Pyramid System since 2011, has had contact with many women going through recovery. She has maintained a mentoring relationship with many of the ladies. Since retirement she now volunteers at Pyramid Health Detox Center, and visits women inmates at the Blair County Prison.
Connections! It was obvious that we needed to connect with the agencies already battling the opioid epidemic. Krista has worked as an inpatient/detox nurse at Pyramid Health Systems, and has much experience in this field of work. Being an individual in recovery, she connects with many of those she has seen going through the program and encourages them to stay connected to the Lord. She is constantly reaching out to make the connections, first with Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships (BDAP). She makes it a point to get out and connect with the leaders in government and local businesses. The Lord prompts her to stop and strike up conversation with people, because everyone is a possible connection. The Board members got involved with the training offered by BDAP, and were able to make more connections.
The program we chose for our Recovery homes came from a connection with the Human Resource Director of CityReach Network on a missions trip to Bolivia. After the trip, we traveled to the HeadQuarters of CityReach to learn more about the faith based program they use. A decision was made to adopt a similar program, since they were experiencing a 90% success rate for those that completed the program. The program basically consists of structured learning, along with work services that eventually help sustain the cost of the house operation.
Another connection was with a special young lady, Ava Whiskers, who makes it a point to raise funds for organizations as a way of celebrating her birthday. Krista happened to meet Ava's grandfather, who proceeded to tell Krista about his granddaughter's efforts in celebrating her special day. The first Road to Recovery Walk, a 16 mile jaunt from Pyramid Health System to Currysville was held August 5, 2017. The Walk raised three thousand dollars, which included the sale of tee shirts to commemorate the event.
Then there was a connection with the Nehemiah Project, Pastor John Gray, who operates a men's recovery house, and was sensing that the Lord wanted a women's recovery house to be started. It was not a coincidence that we showed up just in time, to share the idea we had about opening a Recovery house. Pastor John made us aware of a house available in the Hope community area that was available for sale. November 16, 2017 we purchased what will become our first ladies long term recovery home.
The house demolition project brought about more connections. Bergemier's Hauling got involved along with IIID Plumbing who brought the entire crew in for a demolition day. Volunteers from the Foundry, the Lighthouse, Hope Community Church and New Life Worship Center worked along side the Board Members. Many hands made light work, and more connections were made.
Krista made a connection with the WTAJ News reporter, who came and provided the coverage we needed to make even more connections. One which resulted in the donation of furniture and a vehicle from a retiring Sister from St. Rose of Lima. God is bringing it all about, and we feel as though we are in his perfect timing.
Grant writing is a way we hope to get connected to some funding for our project. Not many people attempt to tackle this one, but we have been pursuing local and national grants. If that is your gift, we would really appreciate being connected with you! We hear of the many funds that are never allocated, but we are firm believers of "Ask and you shall receive" and Keep on asking!
Blog sites are popular now a days, and we were blessed to be connected to an accomplished author, Joy Bickle who provides the website with a weekly Blog. A gifted writer, you can get connected to her "Joy in the Journey" message on the website or on Facebook. Joy writes about life experiences and then relates them to biblical characters and situations. An inspirational word in due season!
Yard Sale items being donated through more "connections", or individuals who were on board with what we were doing. The donations were very generous, and made for a profitable yard sale. With the support of many of you, we will have two yard sales a year. We are preparing for June 1st & 2nd at New Life Worship Center, and then we will have one in the fall again. Supporters are our genuine connections!
Krista's husband wanted to do some fundraising, using one of his skills of washing windows. Jeremy took flyers and delivered them throughout a housing development in Hollidaysburg. Little did he know, the client that he cleaned windows for would be the connection needed to get our guest speaker for the banquet, the Honorable Jolene Kopriva.
As time grew closer to the Banquet, we knew we needed to recruit more helpers, and we "connected" with a group of individuals who later would be known as "Friends of NEWS Worthy Network". This group made connections to gather the Table Sponsors, Silent Auction gift baskets, and sell tickets for the event. They were there to make sure the banquet hall was set up and ready for all the guests that would be joining us.
And should we be surprised to find more connections at the Banquet. Individuals who had a story to tell about how they were personally affected by the loss of a loved one to drugs and alcohol. For those we offer a way for them to connect with our Adopt a Room project. We offer an opportunity for individuals or companies to memorialize the loss of a loved one, by purchasing a room for an individual in recovery. In their memory, a plaque in the room that is remodeled, will be a saving grace and help many individuals in the years to come.
It is because of all these Connections that N.E.W.S. Worthy Network is here.
It's because of all these connections, we will have the first long term ladies recovery home to open in the City of Altoona, and we promise not to stop at one.
Do you want to connect with us?
There is always a need for more individuals to get connected in the Battle against Drugs and Alcohol. Join us! Stand with us! Get and Stay connected!