New Life Temple Distributes School Supplies

New Life Temple Distributes School Supplies

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

Many students will not be lacking this school year thanks to local agencies and churches who join in to make it easier. The economy continues to be tough for many families who might be out of work. It is important for them to receive what help they can get to be able to make it when they have children. One local church in town reached out and gave a helping hand to the neighboring community to alleviate the financial stress. The mission was to help families financially while sharing information through a guest speaker who talked to parents about the positive benefits of preparing their children for college.{{more}}Two New Life Temple church members teamed up after inviting the community through flyers and local radio stations for the good cause of providing while volunteering their time. Alex Lara, Student Life Minister, and Ruben Escalona, Chairperson for the Abilene Café Con Leche Committee, an organization based out of Austin that reaches out all over Texas educating Hispanics about a college education , put some smiles on parents faces giving out school supplies to families. Escalona also has his own business, Escalona & Associates. “Our goal is to reach out to the community and help provide some of the services to release some stress from parents.” said Lara.According to Lara, the church handed out 250 sets of school supplies to the children out of the 350 that they had on hand on August 20 before school started. Some children also received free haircuts and the Abilene Police Department was also present to finger print their children for parents who wished to have them in case of an emergency. “A year ago I met Gonzalo Robles, Café Con Leche overseer who is based out of Austin. I grabbed hold of a vision he had to try to make a difference in the Hispanic’s life to promote a college going culture.” said Escalona. “We are trying to promote the shift in how the Hispanic population thinks. Going to college is no longer an exception. It is part of the rule. We had an hour long seminar for parents and children. They heard Gonzalo speaking about the importance of going to college, and how to get involved in their children’s education.” He said. “Café Con Leche is a program designed primarily to help kids find resources available to go to college or post secondary school. I think we have made a lot of progress within the community. Many of the local agencies like the Hispanic Leadership Council and other Foundations are involved in the mission. “In a few years, Hispanics are going to be considered the largest number in population. What good is that if we don’t have an education?” Escalona said.According to Escalona, some of the other basic things that the Café Con Leche members help with are filling out college financial aid forms with parents who need the help. Interested families who would like to inform and get help can reach Escalona at 325-338-1126.