Friday, December 05, 2014

Empty Bowl Project

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Children will  create handcrafted bowls to help other children who are hungry. 

On March 6, Rozzi's Catering will have  a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to Kokomo Urban Outreach who is working to end hunger and food insecurity.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Taylor Street Needs

Cook out at Taylor Street
                                                                                    Volunteer Needs: 
Painting of several rooms
Framing windows
Plumbing at least one restroom, 

Eventually need plumbing in kitchen & 2nd restroom
Hanging bathroom doors with trim
Suspended Ceiling in basement
Hanging closet doors

Furnace $6,000
Ceiling   $2,000
Plumbing/Hot Water Heater   $2,000
Finish electrical     $1,000
Doors and Window Frames   $500
Paint  $250

If you can help in any way give me a call on my cellphone  765.461.9618.  We can get materials before money is donated.  Need to complete as soon as possible.   Thanks Jeff

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Breakthrough Outline

Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity. With the expectation of families becoming self-sufficient.

Breakthrough expected outcomes:
  • Behavioral change
  • Confidence and esteem building
  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Marketable and transferable employability skills
  • Emotional preparedness for employment
  • At least entry-level employment
  • Experience Success
  • Develop Realistic Plans for Living Independently

Cycles will last four weeks plus personal mentoring and weekly follow-up meetings.  Cycles may be gender specific, centered around a particular job category and/or academic attainment.    Possible job categories:  Construction, car repair, car detail, child care, catering, baking, lawn care, painting, etc.

The pilot program will center around young men 18-30 year olds who have an interest in being a “handyman”.
  • By age 18, 30 percent of black males, 26 percent of Hispanic males and 22 percent of white males have been arrested.
  • By age 23, 49 percent of black males, 44 percent of Hispanic males and 38 percent of white males have been arrested.
  • While the prevalence of arrest increased for females from age 18 to 23, the variation between races was slight. At age 18, arrest rates were 12 percent for white females and 11.8 percent and 11.9 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively. By age 23, arrest rates were 20 percent for white females and 18 percent and 16 percent for Hispanic and black females, respectively. ( Posted on: 1/6/2014; By Peggy Binette, 803-777-7704  Retrieved Jan. 15, 2014.

What happens if school is, presently, not a viable option?  How do we engage young people especially men earlier?  What tools do young men need to break through the cycle of poverty? How can equip young men with those tools?

Module One:  You don’t know what you don’t know
  1. Orientation  and Passion Experience
  2. Identifying personal assets and resources
  3. Moving between Cultures
  4. Conflict Resolution/dealing with anger
  5. Creating a Game Plan

Module Two:   Standards of Work
  1. Resume/completing job applications
  2. Code of Conduct at Work
  3. Excellence
  4. Humble/Confidence at Work
  5. Time Management: Planning and Prioritizing

Module Three:  Business Side
  1. Planning a job:  Tools, Time, Things
  2. The importance of Keeping Track: Record Keeping
  3. Marketing Tactics that cost very little
  4. Profit/Loss  things you REALLY need for success
5.       Keeping Customers Doing even better: Self-Evaluation of your work

Module Four:  Boot Camp actual job will be assigned and completed using all skill sets.
1.       Sizing up job/planning/shopping
2.       Work
3.       Work
4.       Work
5.       Debrief/Where do we go from here/Check presentations

Cycle is four modules:
First Three Modules: 8AM-12(noon)
Boot Camp: 8 AM-4 PM

Daily Schedule:
8:00-8:30 Homework and previous day review
8:30-9:30  Group Experience
9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-10:00 Debrief Group Experience
10:00 -11:15 Speaker and question
11:15-11:30  Break interaction with speaker
11:30-12:00 Homework Assignment for next day

Homework will be writing or math assignments as applied to handymen.  Homework will take about 45 minutes each day.  There will also be at least one question based on speaker information.
Example:   A box of drywall screws cost 3.98 there are 100 screws in a box.  You will need 20 drywall screws to complete your job, how much does 20 screws cost?
Skill Sets: Reading, writing, math, problem solving, discipline, and confidence.
Group Experience:
Example 1:  Using computers at office desks, each student will watch a different you tube video that has to do with home repairs and then students will gather to explain how to do the job to the others.
Example 2: Use computer to type a list of tools, time and things (material) needed to repair a 5’ x 5’ hole in the wall. Compare answers.
Skill Sets: Computer literacy, reading, writing, math, listening, communication, problem solving, confidence, conflict resolution, and teamwork.
Speaker:  Will speak on topic for day and answer questions, students will take notes.   Homework will include one or two questions based on talk.   Example of a question:  The speaker talked about three tips to use to curb anger.  Which one will you use?  Why?
Skill Sets:  Listening, note taking, writing, communication, strategic thinking, and confidence.
Weekly Feedback:  Includes self-evaluation (three things can do better/three things felt good about), with director evaluation based on homework, participation and commitment to excellence.

Entry Requirements:
  • Fill out application form.
  • Participate in an individual interview with Director.
  • Meet minimum reading and math requirements.
  • Ability to obtain Driver’s License or have transportation to work.
  • NO ABSENCES.  In extreme emergency the director of class will need to be notified in advance of the class.  Extreme emergency will be defined on first day of class. Cannot miss more than one day of class to extreme emergency.  
  • Only one late day permitted.  Must be in seat by 8:00 AM.
  • Must comply with dress,  and behavior standards:  You need to look like ready for a job interview, as speakers, might need help.  If proper clothes are needed they will be provided.
§  Shirts must have a collar no t-shirts with shirts tucked in
§  Jeans are OK as long as they are clean with no holes
§  No hoodies in classroom
§  No sagging
§  Positive attitude
§  Maintain positive ratings on weekly feedback.

Support for students:
Complete all modules with 100% attendance participant will receive $500.
Periodic prizes will be given throughout the course, everything from tools to Grocery Cards.
Homework completion will give better chance to win prizes.

Student Outcomes:
  • Identified outcomes(see above)
  • Possible return to school
  • Possible job placement with established business.
  • Possible job placement in KUO advanced program.
  • Possible owning of own business.


Start up Costs:
Laptops/tables/chairs                     1800(funded by Community Foundation)

Budget per cycle base on  5 students
Stipend                  5 x 500                                        2500  (looking for funders)
Daily incentives @ $10.00                                         150 (looking for donors)
Notebooks/Pens/Paper  $15.00 each student        75  (funded by an individual)
Total                                                                             2725    @  5 cycles      $13,625 year

Friday, February 07, 2014

Girl Scouts

The Mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.  Since 2008 Kokomo Urban Outreach has sponsored a Girl Scout Troop.  Over 90 girls, in grades K-12 have been a part of KUO Girl Scout Troop 3033.

The girls have experienced all that Girl Scouts has to offer.  They have earned badges, completed journeys and learned new skills.  They have celebrated Juliette Gordon Low's birthday, Thinking Day and the Girl Scout Anniversary.  The girls have taken field trips within Howard County,and throughout Central Indiana Council and celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting in Washington DC. The Scouts have made crafts, cooked and attended summer camp.  They have learned finances, how to operate a business and leadership skills.

All of this has been made possible with the help of parents and adult volunteers, local churches and cookie sales.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like to purchase Girl Scout Cookies, please contact Pam Grohman at 765.461.0184.

Boy Scouts

Dear Supporters:

The leadership of Troop 570 seeks to provide excellent opportunities for young boys to become well balanced young men. The process of teaching responsibility, honesty, integrity and all that scouting represents also allows us the privilege of mentoring these young men to rise up out of poverty, educate themselves and use their skills to give back to the community.

Some of the ways the boys of Troop 570 have served our local community is by participating in Scouting for Food canned goods collection, Post Office Food Drive, providing helpful services for retired veterans, policing the Kokomo Heritage Trail and volunteering at Kokomo Urban Outreach in various capacities.
All of these young men come from families who are struggling to survive the demands of everyday living: putting food on the table at least once a day is a major accomplishment.

While these young men all come from families that are extremely under resourced, they are among the first to volunteer to provide much needed help to others in our community.

Scouting develops character, social skills and provides the much needed exposure to positive adult feedback and encouragement that help these young men go the extra mile. All of our activities, summer camps, building projects, etc… are funded by monetary or in kind donations given by groups, individuals or businesses that have a heart for the youth of our community.

We appreciate your consideration to contribute to this worthy cause. Your gift will provide a lasting legacy as you are helping to lay a foundation for a promising future for these young boys.
For those who had outstanding experiences growing up as boy scouts, please help us to share that same opportunity for the next generation.

With sincere thanks,
Billy J. Rood                                       Susan L. Bond – KUO Family Advocate
Scoutmaster Troop 570                         Committee Chair Troop 570

Donations may be sent to:

Kokomo Urban Outreach-Attn: Scouts
1706 S Home Ave
Kokomo, IN  46902

Please insert “Boy Scouts”on your check item line