"All My Days" Summer Youth Camp sponsored by Faith in Action to Serve and Transform (FAST) ministry impacted the care receivers in our community this summer by providing volunteer services. The campers provided yard work, light housekeeping, assisted transportation, friendly visits and telephone reassurance. FAST also provides transportation to care receivers 60 years of age and above. The youth assisted the care receivers to the doctor, cleaning basements, cutting grass and pulling weeds in yards. "Many of our care receivers are not able to walk for long periods of time and the campers didn't hesitate to assist them during transports," says Carol Toller Program Manager for FAST and Director of the summer youth camp. Care receivers are transported to the doctor and need assistance getting in and out of the vehicle or someone to stay with them while they are at the doctor's office. The youth were willing and ready to go along and friendships between our care receiver's and campers were formed.
"Many times we hear the negative things about youth, seldom the positive. We hear about how well they play basketball or run track, but never doing anything that make a difference in the life of someone else. Many of our youth don't have anything to do during the summer and can't afford to pay for summer camps. Our program served both youth and care receivers in the community. This camp was different from other camps in that it was intergenerational in nature. It was an opportunity for youth to learn wisdom and respect for others. Our care receivers are who we learn from. Our care receiver's are full of wisdom and can teach us many things.
Their stories are amazing and so many of them have experienced things in life that we will never have an opportunity to see. Our name "Faith In Action to Serve and Transform" says it all. "We are walking by faith and seeing the lives of so many individuals transform. God guides this ministry and because we try to be obedient at all times to His will we are blessed to have volunteers like our youth to show the greatest and most memorable emotion which is "LOVE", says Carol Toller. Thanks to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of East Saint Louis and Ashl Dunet for providing us with the funding necessary to provide these services to our community.