Teenagers make a difference - Thank you


Morning Star Fellowship are LifePath Stars

Each year Morning Star Fellowship offers teens the opportunity to engage in a week of service within their local community. Participating teens show up at the church and spend one week performing service projects that benefit area non-profit organizations and charitable causes.

This year LifePath was selected as one of the beneficiaries of a day of service, and this week 29 teens from Morning Star Fellowship stepped up.

LifePath is an organization that provides homes and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located in seven Pennsylvania counties, LifePath has 100 community homes and serves 1400 individuals annually.

LifePath depends on government funding for the complete care of the residents, but as everyone knows, this funding doesn’t go far. In fact, LifePath operates on very thin margins year after year (within a half percentage point positive or negative each year).

“It’s so helpful when volunteers come to our houses to do basic landscaping, cleaning or painting,” said Tanya Schoeffling, Director of Residential and Day Services at LifePath. “It allows us to use our resources for more service-oriented activities,” she said.

Upon learning about the community service day, Tanya surveyed her Bucks county homes and decided pruning, planting and painting would be most valuable. Shrubs, flowers, plants and paint were then purchased at Lowe’s Home Store in Quakertown and the youths were set to work.

“These teenagers worked so hard for us and we’re so appreciative,” said Schoeffling.

In all, four homes received landscaping beautification and one home even got a fresh coat of paint!

These teenagers are wonderful models of service and philanthropy; a model that has now taken on a life of its own. You see, upon hearing of the project, Lowe’s continued the giving and discounted all items 50%.

Thank you to Morning Star Fellowship and Lowe’s for your giving hearts, hands and service.

Special thanks to Cyndi Dunmire who is a part of both Morning Star Fellowship Church and the LifePath family.

written by Annette Kaiser