The Nehemiah Center offers all of kids homework assistance as soon as they arrive daily Tues-Thur. While finishing their homework, they bond and build relationship with the volunteers that come faithfully to help support the importance of our kids academic growth.
We have a computer lab that is equipped with age/grade appropriate games and educational activities preloaded on each computer. The kids also have the opportunity to view spiritual lesson plans designed for them by their peers addressing the many challenges they face in today’s world. It also gives them tools using spiritual principles.
We keep our kids moving with various activities while introducing them to some new and exciting games. A considerable amount of research exists to suggest that youth participation in structured recreational activities is associated with a number of positive outcomes, including reductions in antisocial behavior, aggression, and criminal behavior.
ARTS & CRAFTS:
With the help of our very creative volunteers, we are able to help kids develop their creativity in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. These classes encourage our kids to develop new talents, confidence, and self-esteem while exploring a broad spectrum of the arts and humanities.
The Kids Cafe, in partnership with The Second Harvest Food Bank, provides healthy snacks and nutritious hot meals (meats, dairy, breads, fruits, vegetables) 3 days a week for our kids. This is possible because of the many committed volunteers that come in and prepare and serve the meals.
In cooperation with The Second Harvest Food Bank, we send kid friendly bags of food home on a weekly basis. Each bag contains 2 entrees, 1 milk, 1 fruit juice drink, 1 canned vegetable, 1 canned fruit, 2 cereal bags, 1 cereal bar and several snacks. This insures that our kids have food available to them when they are at home.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT WORKSHOPS:
We also offer the following additional workshops to our kids on a bi-weekly programs. These programs will allow our kids to develop important life skills which will prepare them for a successful future.
We have a licensed nutritionist from The Ohio State University that provides nutrition education twice a month using the curriculum from MyPlate and Snap-Ed Connection programming. With this workshop, our kids learn how to prepare healthy snacks and the importance and value of how to incorporate the dietary guidelines into their diet that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
GRIEF & LOSS THERAPY:
Stein Hospice offers grief, loss, and bereavement services to our kids , volunteers, and families. We feel it is very important that our kids are able to express whatever emotions they are feeling. We can't protect our kids from the pain of loss, but we can help them build healthy coping skills
KIDS CARE CLUB: The Nehemiah Center kids have the opportunity to give back through this program monthly by engaging in community service projects with The Erie County Volunteer Center. By participating in this awesome program, the kids also learn about themselves, their value to the community, and their places in the natural world.