When St. John associate pastor the Rev. Katie Jo Bielke found out the youth group members had a day off of school, she invited them to to volunteer with the program. St. John’s Community Care was founded by the church in 1985, first as an in-home services program, and in 2001 opening its day center. It specializes in aging and dementia care support services.
The youth groups joined program participants in a lively game of balloon volleyball, followed by a craft time. After helping to prepare the craft activity, the students joined their adult participants in making Halloween jack-o-lanterns to adorn the walls at the center. The craft time provided lots of opportunities for conversations and making new friends.
The paper jack-o-lanterns were displayed for a few weeks, and then each participant took home a pair — the one they made, and the one their youth partner made: a unique way to remind the adult participants of their new friends.