Said Lucas Rouggly, LOVEtheLOU Executive Director: “I have known Jamel for about 10 years now. He has always been a special kid and as I have watched him grow I have witnessed God's hand on his life. Jamel and I often talk that he is kind of like Joseph from the Old Testament. I believe there will be a day in the future where Jamel is raised up not just to lead out in the city, but to take care of his family. I love this kid and I am so thankful that he gets the opportunity to join A Seat at the Table.”
ABOVE: Jamel Williams)
RIGHT: Jamel and LOVEtheLOU's
Carline Adah, Program Director of STL LIFT (of LOVEtheLOU), echoed support of Jamel: “Jamel grew up under some pretty tough circumstances and had all the odds stacked against him; yet with his tenacious spirit, consistency and drive for a better life he kept coming around. I remember when Jamel put his faith in Jesus and really started following Him. He did a total 180 and went on to do some incredible things. He became a scholar at Boys Hope GIrls Hope, an intern and student leader with LOVEtheLOU, graduated high school and is now in college-- wow! I can't say enough how proud I am of Jamel. He is going to thrive at A Seat at the Table, make something great of himself and set an example for all the younger guys looking up to him.”
ABOVE: Jamel shopping.
LEFT: Jamel preparing dinner
LEFT: L to R:
A Seat at the Table
Co-founder Chrissy Stergos,
Joe Lewis III and
As an A Seat at the Table resident, Jamel will now utilize the educational/vocational, job & life-skill, counseling and spiritual development resources offered to our participants. If you’re interested in being part of the healthy community to now help Jamel better transition into adulthood, please contact Executive Director Bob Stergos at bstergos@ASeatAtTheTable.org.
ABOVE and BELOW: Scenes from the Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, Candy Cane Lane in St. Louis Hills and in front of the A Seat at the Table Christmas tree.
Congrats to Resident Intern
Joe Lewis on his new job
Congrats to A Seat at the Table Resident Intern, Joe Lewis III, as he recently secured a new job as an elementary school Teacher Assistant in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Joe will start his duties as schools resume for the 2nd semester in mid-January.
Joe's experience in serving in kids' ministry at hisMidtown Churchas well as Educational Studies major at his alma mater, Harris-Stowe State University, played key roles in his landing this key position. Please join us in wishing Joe well on his new position!
The mission of A Seat at the Table
The mission of Seat at the Table is to help at-risk 18 to 25-year olds better transition into adulthood by providing parental presence and community support via residential mentoring in a Christian family environment.
We'd love to hear from you!
Do you know of individuals, companies or foundations for whom serving the under-resourced would be a common passion? Or, do you have an email address for someone whom you think would like to hear about A Seat at the Table?If so, please contact us HEREand let us know those names and/or email addresses! We are always looking to talk to those who have a similar heart to reach across racial and economic divides in our city and beyond. Our goal is to have A Seat at the Table chapters in major cities around the country!
Also, if you have questions about A Seat at the Table, contact us HERE as well. We want to hear from you!