UPDATE JANUARY 2018
We are delighted to announce that on the due date, 5 January 2018, we paid the 2nd instalment for our “Journey into Independence” house in Woodley. We had an amazing answer to prayer when just the week before the payment was due we received a donation for £58,000, enabling the final payment to go through on time. We want to thank each and every one of you who has helped in some way from prayer support to the £5.00 donation to the £58,000, all of it has helped us do what some said was impossible in such a short space of time, but we did it together by being obedient to God.
Unfortunately we were not successful in the Aviva Community Fund Award, but we would like to extend a very big THANK YOU to Pat Boniface and Ann Royston for putting the bid together on our behalf. The process in itself was a great way to raise awareness of this new project and generated a lot of interest.
We still need to raise funds to repay to short term interest-free loans from individuals and for the ongoing running costs of the house so if you would like to help towards this please follow the link to our Donation Page or donate through CAF Online Giving
It is has been a very exciting time getting the “Journey into Independence” house ready for its new life of helping our young people to experience living in a home where they will start their true journey into independence. We know that we can provide a safe and sound home for these people just starting out on their life’s journey and who due to no fault of their own, do not have this essential need met in their lives right here in Wokingham Borough. Our live in support and Life Team will guide and encourage the young people to develop an overall sense of independence in all that they do, from money management to food shopping and cooking. These young people have been through immense difficulty and to be able to offer them the opportunity to live in the JAC house, is a vision Yvonne has pictured since before JAC started.
JAC have always felt called to run supported accommodation where we can work with young people aged 18-25 who may have come from a traumatic background and need our support to work towards living independently. Considering that JAC will be celebrating its 20th year in 2018, this is a vision which has a long history and we feel now is the right time to be able to offer a more holistic approach to helping some of our young people. Just before Christmas we moved the first girl into the house, we are so thrilled to walk with her as she is starting out on a new and exciting journey into the rest of her life. If you would like to be part of the Life Team please contact the office for more information.