This Is Really Something

by Sylvia Dickson

Young men and women find a stable home, healthy atmosphere, loving guidance, quality academics, and wholesome activities at French Camp Academy.

Young men and women find a stable home, healthy atmosphere, loving guidance, quality academics, and wholesome activities at French Camp Academy.

Let me tell you a story that is really something, and is the heart of FCA’s mission: making a difference in lives–sometimes in small ways, and other times in huge ways. Read on to see how one life (out of many) is being changed by the love of Christ through French Camp Academy.

Jake* is ten years old and repeating the third grade. He knows his dad but can’t remember the last time he saw him. At home, he had to find food to eat, set his own bedtime, get himself off to school, and do his schoolwork on his own. He and his mom had been living without water and electricity for several months when concerned people intervened.

He had close to nothing when he arrived at FCA. What he had was dirty or beyond repair. His house parent went to Double Blessings Thrift Shop and was able to outfit him completely from donations people had made to FCA.

At the dining hall, he asked if he had to pay. When he learned he would have free food—even seconds—morning, noon, and night, he jumped up and down.

For the first time in his life, Jake is being a boy without worrying about having a roof over his head or food on the table.

Now, he has help with school work and is catching up. When he comes home he rides a bike or shoots hoops with the other boys. At night, he has lights to turn out and clean sheets on his own bed.

*Jake is not his real name

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