Johenning Newsletter: February 2007

DCBC Decides to Severly Cut Back City Gate's Use of the Johenning Center

As of Tuesday, January 30, we were deeply saddened and disappointed to learn the DCBC (District of Columbia Baptist Convention) will greatly cut back the amount of space City Gate can use for our programs. The DCBC owns the Johenning Center, and has taken over management of the Center. Since City Gate has been the only provider of services such as our food pantry, clothing closet, after-school programs, and summer day camps, we feel very close and connected to this community. By limiting our space to only 25% of what we are using now, and making no allowances for our food pantry and clothing closet, we will be unable to do the vast majority of what we do now. We estimate we will only be able to involve 20% of our kids in our programs, both for after-school and summer time.

If you and your children have benefited from the programs and services City Gate provides, please write or call us and let us know. As always, we welcome your feedback, and try to structure our programs around the needs of the residents of this community. It is our hope that we will be able to serve the Johenning neighborhood for many years to come, to grow our community in faith, love, and hope for the future.

For more information on this, and to give us your input on our programs, stop by the Johenning Center between 9 am - 6 pm, or call us at (202) 561-5113.

Kids Compose Their Own "I Have a Dream" Speech in Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK All children and youth in our after-school program were asked to write and read their own I Have a Dream speech. Asked to relate what they see when picturing a better world, they came up with some amazing responses. We at City Gate wanted to share them with you, and have printed some of them below.

I have a dream that I will live longer and stay out of violence.

Darrell age 14

I have a dream that they didn't make guns. And the whole world was a moon bounce.

Naji age 7

I have a dream that people will be happy and glad that Dr. King was good to us and was a good man. He changed the law.

Summer age 6

I have a dream that the school system would be better. Like the books, desks, bathrooms and lots more stuff. I think it would help if the government get together and raise more money to get the things fixed!

Reggie age 11

I have a dream that people would stop fighting. Why fight because somebody said you was ugly, that's stupid. I think the kids will learn better if they had books and was not disrespectful. Kids should be in after-school programs so that they would not be on the street. I have a dream to live and see 2008 cause a lot of children did not get to see 2007 so I guess I am lucky. If we did not freedom and we were slaves, some of these kids would have whips on their backs. I think that the teacher's should make learning fun so that kids would want to go to class and learn more. I think if more kids was in sports that they would have no problem getting them off the streets too. I have a dream about lot's of stuff but this is the most important one's.

Ashley age 13

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  • February 2 (Friday) – DCPS Report Cards issued, please ask your child to bring them to our after-school program
  • February 3 (Saturday)Community Outreach and Clothing Give-away, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, *OPEN TO ALL, PLEASE JOIN US!*
  • February 9 (Friday)Boy Scout Troup from Richmond, VA visits the after-school program
  • February 10 (Saturday) – Incentive reward field trip, The Lion King: Reloaded, 1-4 pm
  • February 14 (Wednesday) – Valentine's Day Party, during the after-school program, 3:30 - 6:30, for kids 5-11, during the youth empowerment program, 6-9 pm for kids 12+
  • February 25 (Monday) – Fairfax Circle Baptist Arts and Crafts Day During the after-school program

City Gate and Haymarket Baptist Church Invite You to: Community Outreach and Clothing Give-away Day

Cupcake and coffee Please join us Saturday, February 3 for our community outreach day. We will be giving away clothing of all sizes for men, women, children, boys, girls, and infants. Also, stop by to have a bowl of homemade soup, courtesy of Haymarket Baptist Church. We will also be handing out cups of hot chocolate and asking you to tell us your thoughts on our programs and services. Children and families are welcome and encouraged to attend together.

Incentive Reward Field Trip, The Lion King:RELODED

Children and youth with the best attendance and behavior record (ages 8+) will be given an opportunity to see a live musical. The Lion King:RELOADED will be held Saturday, February 10, 2007 at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth Street NW, Washington, DC 20059, from 1-3 pm. Please note we have very limited ticket for this show, and awards of the ticket are the sole discretion of City Gate staff. Congratulations to those kids who earned their way!

Check out these opportunities...

Census Bureau – Field Representative

The DC Department of Employment Services and the U.S. Census Bureau offer employment opportunities. Earn $13.01 - $14.56 per hour. Testing and Interview will take place on site.

Join us: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at the Department of Employment Services located at 625 H St., NE Washington DC 20002. Two Sessions: 9:00am or 1:00pm. Bring two forms of ID: one photo ID (driver's license, government issue ID, et cetera) and Social Security card or birth Certificate.

Administrative Assistants

The Washington Hospital Center is looking to hire 40 administrative assistants as soon as possible. If you know of people who may be interested, please have them apply online. Once you have applied, call Gerrylyn Dickson, Senior Recruitment Assistant, at 202-877-2244.