And the Transition Begins!
Thanks to all of our friends that have pitched in and helped us relocate to our temporary housing for the next 90 days. Instead of using expensive temporary offices, the new owners of the FEAST Campus have allowed us to rent some of the portables so that we can continue to serve our families without interruptions.
FEAST will temporarily house the bookstore, resource center and offices in the Bluebonnet and Live Oak portables at 25 Burwood. Please use the Burwood Portable parking lot during this time. For safety reasons, access to other areas of the campus will not be allowed due to the remodeling and construction that will be occurring.
Meanwhile… our current services will continue. New services will be announced as they are developed.
What better way to celebrate our upcoming move than with a packing party!
Bring your family and come to join the fun. Many hands make light work! Working together as we always do, we will be creating warm, wonderful memories of our final days on Burwood Lane.
Many have asked, what can we do, well so many things are still being used that prevents us from packing early so our last week will be “all hands on deck”! Until then, you can bless us with your prayers, and by donating as much time as you can spare to help us prepare for the move. We have boxes to assemble, closets to clean out, and cabinets of supplies to box up. We also need folks to help us tidy up the exterior as well as giving empty rooms a quick vacuum. We will do anything that can be done ahead of time. We want to leave our beautiful location as clean as possible to welcome the new owners.
The August 27 – 29 Packing Party will be for our offices and bookstore. Bring some snacks to share and come ready to have fun at this box-up-our-belongings bash! Contact Linda Whiten if you have questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
No worthwhile endeavor has ever been accomplished without a great deal of effort on the part of someone. Moving FEAST is no exception!
As our moving date draws closer into focus, we now see so many little tasks that must be handled in the next 8 weeks. With each one comes a long list of considerations; Will we need this at our new location…will this old desk last another few years or is it even worth moving?
Our staff and volunteers have been busy cleaning our closets, desks and storage areas and making sure that anything that we are not taking to the new location, that is and usable, is placed in the moving sale room.
At this time we have some really good leftovers from our giant garage sale, along with interesting donations from our stuff the truck promotion, and loads of great supplies and used teaching materials that have been added to the moving sale room. In addition to the moving sale room, we also have large items such as desk, both large and small, chairs both structurally sound and some requiring minor repair or recovery. Even a few extra shelved and tables. All have been lovingly priced low as a blessing to our homeschool families. Come by any time the office is open and see if there are items that would bless your family.
We will keep you posted on our new address and exact move date as details are finalized. Contact Linda Whiten if you would like to be placed on the list for Moving Day Volunteers! email@example.com
Every Step of the Way
A strong desire has come over me to have a heart to heart discussion with you. I want you to know and understand everything that is going on here at FEAST. The team and I are working as diligently as we can to make sure that we carefully transition every aspect of the services that FEAST offers. Knowing that change can be hard, we want you to know that we are here and available every step of the way. The one that that remains constant is our Savior.
“FOR I AM THE LORD, I CHANGE NOT;” Malachi 3:6a
Educating the next generation…one family at a time! Please hear our hearts and know that our mission, to promote and support the benefits of parent directed education, remains unchanged. Let’s look at some of those services:
• the community by acting as a clearing house of educational information through our resource center, MANNA Magazine, social media and website.
• the general public about the diversity of private, parent directed, tutoring, individual discipleship and other customized forms of education that may fall under the heading of homeschooling or private schooling in Texas.
• interested parents by directing them to local homeschool and special needs support groups for support and encouragement
• parents and educators academically by providing orientations, workshops, testing, co-ops activities designed to support their educational needs.
• social community
• good citizenship and civics
• leadership training and development through sports programs, student council, etc.
A good organization will change with the needs of the people they serve. By offering less of what you don’t need and more of what you do, FEAST can grow alongside families in their homeschooling journey. We welcome the change that the Lord has brought across our pathway and we are trusting what our obedience to His mandates will bring. I want to invite you to be apart of this exciting transition at FEAST! As we move forward, send me your ideas, questions, comments or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. I value what you have to say and I’m eager to work with you in serving the homeschool community.
When was the last time you moved? Maybe recently, or like us maybe 18 years has passed! You never know how much “STUFF” you have accumulated until you start planning a move! Just the thought of sorting, and packing can make your head spin, until you stop and think about the blessings the Lord has planned for you in this move.
This is not our first move, the FEAST Organization has been an integral part of home schooling in Texas since the mid- 80s and over the last 30 years, FEAST has operated out of four different locations. Each time God has faithfully made it clear when it was time to move locations as He directed us into a better position to serve the home school community of South Texas. FEAST Leadership believes that the Lord has clearly indicated that the time has come for our next move and we are excited!
“…He directed us into a better position to serve the home school community….”
As we move locations, with our FEAST Sports and Co-op at different locations, our mission to promote and support the benefits of parent-directed education is not changing. You can be sure that FEAST Leadership and the method by which we carry out the mission of FEAST are also adapting to what the current and future needs are for the home school community, even as it changes. Carrying out our vision to inform, assist and promote home schooling; we will be increasing our network by collaborating with home school groups and organizations, educational organizations, churches and area colleges.
“…we will be increasing our network by collaborating with home school groups…”
Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude as we see the Lord going before us and preparing the way for all of our programs! (old and new)
In Sports our AD, Scott Lane is working with the Commissioner of each sport to ensure their needs are met. In some cases, sports fields and gyms are being located and secured. Coaches are excited and are preparing their plans for 2018/2019 sports seasons.
Co-op is being restructured in preparation for next year. Things are going well as teacher applications and class lists are almost complete for 2018/2019. Co-op will be meeting at a new location that will allow room for growth while fostering a close-knit community. Although we will be under a different roof, the hearts of our families will be the same. It will be centrally located in the north-central area of SA. More details to come as agreements are signed with the location.
“…Although we will be under a different roof, the hearts of our families will be the same.”
New FEAST Resource Center – The newest update is in the area of the FEAST Bookstore. The FEAST Staff have tracked the trends of the bookstore use and they continue to decline. This doesn’t surprise us as bookstores across the country are reporting the same decline. Fewer people shop at their local bookstore but rather are ordering online with free shipping and delivered to their front porch in two days. We totally understand we are busy parents too! So, rather than a bookstore, we are excited to announce that FEAST is going to create and launch a “FEAST Resource Center”. We will start by selling down our current bookstore stock, and the staff will begin preparing our supplies for the resource center displays, orientation classes, and newly added services.
Our new location will include a meeting space for home school groups across San Antonio to meet, plan and fellowship. What a blessing it would be for San Antonio home school families to have a convenient, affordable gathering place for fellowships, education, etc. This space would be available to many home school co-ops and groups and sports team kickoffs as FEAST continues to fulfill its calling of supporting home schooling across South Texas.
We are thrilled to announce the formation of a new service at FEAST by creating the Community Outreach Coordinator Position. This new position is an effort to stay on the cutting edge of what is going on in our area and how organizations, churches, support groups, and FEAST can collaborate on behalf of home schooling families in our area. The home school community has been a silent majority in south Texas for many years. As we continue to grow and expand, this will give us the means to serve them more effectively. Watch your MANNA Newsletter for the latest opportunities and offerings from the FEAST Community Outreach Team.
We are committed to keeping you informed as plans progress and also as we launch or add new services for our families. As always if you would like to serve on one of the FEAST Committees or on one of the FEAST Teams, contact Ruth Perez, FEAST Development Director at email@example.com, and she will get you plugged in.
Please pray: that the Lord would continue to guide and direct; that the new location would be solidified; that the restructuring would be orderly and meet the needs of all we serve; that this transition time would be a sweet time of working together with all leaders in our area.
This is an exciting time for FEAST and we welcome you to be part of the planning! If you have questions, feel free to contact Linda Whiten, FEAST Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.