Summer got off to a fabulous start when Mary and Charlie Baumann (RAP volunteers extraordinaire) welcomed 115 clients and fellow volunteers to their backyard for an afternoon of fun and food.
Joining 13 newcomer families at the picnic were four alumni families - clients who had successfully reached self-sufficiency and independence after working with RAP. Representing Afghanistan, Congo, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Guatemala and Honduras, our families were happy to reconnect with friends while meeting some in person for the first time.
Check out our photo gallery of the fun event. And also read about how RAP is helping two deserving teens enjoy an experience of a lifetime.
RAP Helps Send Two Teens to Outward Bound Leadership Program
What a great opportunity for two great teens! Working with our frequent partner organization, One World, One Love, we’re sending two young people to Outward Bound’s Leadership Program for an immersive two-week experience at the Delaware Water Gap. While they are hiking mountain trails and navigating twisting streams, they will be learning valuable leadership/team building skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
RAP is providing all of the clothing, swimming gear, footwear, backpacks, sunglasses, etc for our two campers. Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to purchase the same high quality items that more advantaged kids have.
Meet our Future Leaders
Judith, a rising senior, is from the Congo and arrived in NJ four months ago. She lives in Essex County with her parents and four siblings.
A bright student, with hopes of becoming a doctor, Judith is on the college tour now, checking out options here in NJ and Washington, DC. She’s also an accomplished poet and was recently featured at a poetry reading at Rutgers.
Sathiskaran is a rising junior from Sri Lanka and has lived in Union County for one year with his parents and three siblings.
He loves math and problem-solving, which should serve him well in the program’s leadership exercises.
Just some of the clothing, supplies, etc that our teens will bring to camp.
Adventure awaits, indeed, for our happy campers!
Sathiskaran decked out in some of his new gear.