Unfortunately, these people are not always easy to find. And, because they are human, they inevitably let us down. When that happens repeatedly, we begin to pull away and fear trusting anyone. For those who have experienced generational trauma, poverty, abuse, and marginalization, this is most often the case. Fear, shame, and exhaustion can keep them isolated and feeling very, very alone. From a societal perspective, it also leaves these individuals without the social capital needed to get out of their current situation and get ahead. We live in a world where connections can get us places.
Joshua and Caleb Leadership Center is working to break this cycle in the lives of our apprentices and their mothers. JCLC surrounds each of the boys and girls in our ministry with a Mentorship Team made up of safe adults who are committed to providing support, encouragement, and social capital all in the name of Jesus. At the same time, we surround each JCLC mom with her own Support Team of individuals committed to coming alongside her in the day-to-day struggles of life. The individuals on these teams come from churches, schools where the apprentices attend, the community, and JCLC staff and ministry partners.
Some days, they may be there just to listen, other days to provide needed transportation or assistance, but most days they are there simply to remind the JCLC boys and girls and their moms to lift up their eyes from the muck and mire of daily life to see what God has in store for them.