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The weather was still a bit chilly when I woke and made my coffee. I got dressed and was ready to meet with Pastor Cindee at 8:00 a.m. The morning at Johnstown United Methodist included time for Sunday Prayer, an adult class, and the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The theme for the adult class included a discussion on stewardship. This was a great opportunity to talk about the ways we can give back to our communities and to generate some feedback on how United Way programs are making a difference. During the worship service, I had the opportunity again to tie in the United Way mission and the 50 day walk with a call to action for the faith community at Johnstown United Methodist. This was easy because Johnstown United Methodist receives funding to run a program called the Freedom School. This program works with children through the Northridge school system to help keep up their academic skills through the summer while also providing a meal and other leadership and self-esteem skills that not only benefit the children but their families. This is a national evidence based program that shows some remarkable measurable outcomes. United Way is proud to partner with the Johnstown United Methodist Freedom School.

After Church Pastor Cindee invited me to walk to her house for lunch, she and her husband are great cooks. Yum!

After lunch and a few hours of discussion, I walked back to the church, which is a mile away, before getting ready to meet some of the staff , board members, and “50” committee members at the Old Horseshoe, located in downtown Johnstown. We got together for about 1 and ½ hours. It was great to catch up with one another and do some planning for the next several days.

In the evening, I took a few pictures with the neighborhood boys that had been keeping an eye on my tent before it was time to call it a day!

Continue to follow Deb on the 50 the United Way journey. To donate toward 50 the United Way go to www.unitedwaylc.org/50donate

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