PROMOTING HOPE IN OUR COMMUNITY
Many families do not have the ability to purchase new clothing, winter coats, boots, gloves, hats etc., let alone the required school supplies for their children. This has a direct impact on a student’s self-esteem and interferes dramatically with their ability to learn. At Trellis Arch, we are always on the lookout for ways we can make a difference in the lives of young people in our community. Our projects include:
- Awarding three scholarships to students attending Frederick Community College. One of our scholarship students, Nii Odatey, earned his Associates Degree in Theatre Arts in the Spring of 2019. He is currently furthering his studies in a conservatory dance program!
- Providing school supplies to students in Frederick County, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
- Working with the International Rescue Committee to gather school supplies for newly arrived refugee children living in Montgomery County, Maryland. Donations of school supplies equip children with the tools they need to succeed in school, ease financial stress on their parents, and show that the community is invested in the success of incoming refugees. With a backpack and the items listed, a student has everything the school requires of them.
- Home improvement in Frederick, Maryland. For example, when Trellis Arch learned that a high school student in Frederick was living in an unfinished basement, we sought volunteers to help improve his living conditions. David Taylor of Taylor Painting Contractors volunteered to do the job. His team provided construction materials and labor and finished the job in a few days. They framed and insulated the basement walls, added a heater vent and recessed lighting, hung drywall, put in a ceiling, added a door, painted, and carpeted the entire space. An amazing transition.