From October, 2009

Shear Kindess Updates & Thoughts (from Chandra Perkins)

From Chandra…

When we first started Shear Kindness in Aug of 2008, we had the idea of getting one salon committed to serving one location in need regularly. Now almost a year and a half later Mia Bella has sucessfully been serving and building relationships with the children and women at Restoration Village. As we continue those relationships, it is also our goal to branch out by connecting other salons in the area with others in need to serve them on a regular basis.

We also have many other long term goals and some one hit wonders on the drawing board. Right now we have so many people who could benefit from our gifts and services, just not enough stylists yet committed to serving on a more regular basis.

Some of projects we are working on currently are…

  • Our main Shear Kindness events that we do quarterly for the women and children of Restoration Village.
  • The iPROMise event held at Prom time which enables girls who cannot afford to go prom or pay for the things that are involved with going to prom, such as dress, make-up, hair, dinner, tickets.
  • Teaming up with Laundry Love. I started a few months a go going to Rogers Laundry Love and setting up a chair and cutting kids hair at this event.  Next we would love to have one stylist at each Laundry love location in Northwest Arkansas to meet the needs in different areas!
  • Once a year before schools starts we participate in an event called Kids Blitz at The Samaritan Center & United Way. We bring stylist in to cut the kids hair for school.
  • Another event on the table is called Cuts for Community, where one day several salons will raise money for Shear Kindness.  A portion of a whole days earnings will go to help families who ordinarily cant afford to pay for their kids to have professional haircuts, and help women from abused situations get their hair done as well.

So, that’s what is currently in the works, and we would love for anyone interested in getting involved to let us know so we can chat.

Chandra Perkins


For more information on how to get involved, please visit the Shear Kindness initiative page or send an email to ShearKindness@CobblestoneProject.org

Update on The Garden Feeding Initiative (from Rick Boosey)

 

Four weekends into Cobblestone’s support of the The Garden Initiative, things are moving really fast.  We asked Rick to give us a quick update on his thoughts and some potential next steps.


From Rick Boosey, Caretaker of World Garden

When we started feeding those less fortunate, we had a vision to feed 5,000 per week. We knew that we couldn’t do it by ourselves, and so when we connected with Cobblestone Project, we knew there were possibilities far beyond anything our team could do alone.

The first month of the "Garden" has exceeded our expectations, both in the sheer amount of food prepared and the number of volunteers involved. In fact, on average we end up with twice the volunteers we need and that’s exciting.

Now that we can reliably prepare food weekly, it’s time to encourage/recruit other kitchens – our vision is a "network of people", food and kitchens that eventually end hunger in NWA. That’s no small undertaking. We will not replace the agencies that love on people, instead will come along side and supply food/meals so that they work on core services. It will take time, teamwork, sacrifice – it will be messy at times, but with a community working together, thinking outside the box – with additional projects like with the "Community Farm" in the spring, you can step back and see in a few years we can end hunger in Northwest Arkansas as a "community loving on a community". 

This project is scalable beyond NWA – once we get the our network of kitchens and people operationally – we will share with other cities – the possibilities blow us away.

Our next phase is providing Thanksgiving Dinner for 288 people – why – we want to serve those who have had a tough time this year. If you want to get involved, send an email to food@cobblestoneproject.org. There are lots of ways to serve, prep, organizing, scheduling, provide food, cook, serve a dining room shift, clean or deliver to shut-ins. Let’s put Thanksgiving back in proper perspective this year and give back a portion what we have been given. And from a longer-term perspective, the Thanksgiving meal begins the milestone of providing meals more than once per week, part of our long term strategy. 

We are honored to be a part of what’s happening – transforming lots of people (including our kids) into servant leaders. Our prayer is the next generation just gets what we’ll all learning.

Blessings

rick and cindy boosey | caretakers, world garden | shop # 479.715.0535 | fax # 479-657-6313 | rick@worldgardensalads.com


On behalf of the Cobblestone Project, it has been an incredible joy and honor to work with Rick on support this vision and initiative.  Rick & Cindy’s generosity and humility have been so encouraging and enableing.  We are anxious to move forward and as the kitchen coordination (the most difficult part) starts to settle it will open up broader distribution opportunities.

For info on how to get plugged in to the Garden initiative, visit the initiative page or send an email to food@cobblestoneproject.org and we will be in touch.

And, if you haven’t had a chance to have a meal at World Garden make sure you sneak over and see where all the magic is taking place.  Chances are you’ll catch Rick blazing around the restaurant, but catch him for a few minutes and give him a big hug.

Community D.C.

the forecast for this coming Saturday in NW Arkansas shows a low of 33 degrees which means fall is at hand and winter is on the way.

The Cobblestone Project team is asking for our community to come together and collect extra winter needs that we may have around our homes so that they may be given to those without.

We are kicking off the Cobblestone Project DC (Distribution & collection) efforts and are trying to collect the following items:

  • Coats
  • Gloves
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Socks
  • Winter hats
  • Long johns
  • Boots
  • Toiletries

Here’s what you can do to help:

  1. Organize a Cold Weather Clothing Drive At Your:
    • Place of work
    • Place of worship
    • Your social organization
    • Your Neighborhood
  2. Once you have your event organized, email dc@cobblestoneproject.org with name, address and phone number.
  3. Cobblestone will pick up your group’s donation on October 31st.
  4. Cobblestone will work with area non-profits (to distribute your donations to those who need it most).
  5. Cobblestone will then report back out the results

Thanks in advance and we’ve created a flyer that you can download and pass around to help communicate the need.

You can download the flyer by clicking here: Cobblestone Project Community DC Flyer v2

For More information, visit the DC Initiative page

Family of 5 without Parents is in Need

We were alerted to some big needs of a family here in NW Arkansas that could use some help (actually, they could use a lot of help). If anyone that receives the message is able to help, there are instructions below.

The message came through

  • Autumn Manning (autumn@themaccinitiative.org | 479.236.2698)
  • Lisa Cabeldue (lisacabeldue@gmail.com | 479-685-3662)
  • via a local school counselor (we can provide contact information if needed)

Here is original note that I received regarding the family situation.

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Dear Lisa,

 

Thank you so much for this opportunity.

 

We have a family of five children who have been taken in by an elderly relative because there is no one else in the family willing to take on such responsibility. The children had drifted in and out of foster homes in the past and were about to go into long term foster care. This elderly family member agreed to take them because they were going to have to split up the children in order to find placements for them. She couldn’t deal with the fact that they have lost their father (death) and mother (incarceration) and would now lose each other. Because she took the children voluntarily, she receives no aid to care for the children as other foster families would. This is what she said to me soon after taking the children, “I was sitting here at my home alone, wondering what I would do with the rest of my life, when I received a call from a children’s advocate of the court, asking if I would take the children. I realized that this is what God’s purpose is for me.”

 

The challenges have been many, as her home was not equipped to handle so many young children. She has been sleeping on a porch covered in tarps so that the children could have the bedrooms. The children came to her with many challenges behaviorally and socially and have changed greatly after being placed with her. She has been ill lately, but she doesn’t complain. she tells the children that as long as she is still on this earth, they will be together as a family. As far as I am aware, she subsists on social security and any help that she can get as far as food stamps etc. The children come to school clean and fed, but I know that she worries about them having enough food. The seven year old boy recently told me that his dream would be for the family to get to go to Chucky Cheese. We do as much as we can for her here at school, but realize it is only a fraction of the help she needs.

 

There are 5 children all under 10 years old.

 

These are people who appreciate any help they receive. I thank you so much for considering them for this generous opportunity.

 

From (name dropped)

 

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Here is how you can help.

 

Clothing donations are being coordinated by Old Navy in Fayetteville (click for map location), so please drop off all items there and tag them “One & a Million Family“. Also, Lisa is available to pick them up if needed.

 

Here are the needs:

  • Clothing & Coats
    • 2 Girls pants size 8, shirts size 8 – 10 & coats size 7-8
    • 2 Boys pants size 8 and shirts & coats size 10-12
    • 1 boy pants size 6-7 and shirts/coats size 7-8
  • Shoes (requested velcro because still have trouble tying shoes)
  • Food
  • Educational type toys and specifically requested flash cards because a couple of the children have learning difficulties.
  • Shoes
    • size 61/2 women’s
    • size 4 girls
    • size 3 girls
    • size 2 boys
    • size 2 boys
    • size 3 boys
  • cookware
  • towels
  • laundry soap
  • toiletries – especially toilet paper
  • rugs of all sizes
  • mattresses – they have some, but they aren’t in great shape, twin and full
  • smoke detectors
  • 2 chests of drawers (one already donated)
  • children’s books and art supplies
  • carpeting for the bedrooms

Financial donations can be handled in two ways:

  1. Give $ direction to Lisa Cabeldue (lisacabeldue@gmail.com) for her to give $ to family.
  2. Donate via Cobblestone Project Store “One & a Million Family” and 100% of funds will be passed through to this family
    • You may also email Lisa Cabeldue (lisacabeldue@gmail.com) to indicate you have made a donation.

 


Update Oct 11th

  • Lisa made visit out to family and added some things that are needed
  • NWAMotherLode.com is going to help spread the word on the needs
  • Let us know if you can meet on of the needs and we can cross it off the list to prevent duplication (email mike@cobblestoneproject.org)

Update Oct 12th

  • Thanks to Mary Marsh at KFSM/Channel 5 news for sharing the story. Here’s is that news reports.

 

You can read find the story at “Grandmother Adopts Five Grandchildren But Sleeps on Porch


Update Oct 14th

  • need for coats, jackets and educational materials met
  • one dresser donated
  • clothing coming in…still a need.
  • Cookware donated
  • financial donations coming in…still a need.
  • Meeting tonight at HarBer High School tonight at the Botanical Gardens at 5:30 to determine some next students students can do.

Our Community is INCREDIBLE!