Project Transformation heads back to in-person programming
By Roxie Hacker
2021 saw the re-opening of in-person Project Transformation summer camps. There were many modifications to ensure the safety and good health of all participants, and the board and staff were excited to re-launch this important program into Oklahoma communities.
Project Transformation re-launched in three Oklahoma locations: El Reno-Wesley, Muskogee-Saint Paul, and Putnam City. Each site was staffed with AmeriCorps members, equipped to increase sanitization, and encouraged to use of masks and social distancing. Participation was also limited in order to allow enough room to social distance adequately.
Even with the changes, Project Transformation served over 75 children, 10 AmeriCorps members, and three church families in 2021, the lives of which will be forever impacted by the relationships formed.
Youth Force also met in person again this year. The program hosted sites in Frederick, Vinita, and Ardmore.
“The amazing youth and sponsors helped close to 20 homes with repair,” said Lori Foster, associate director for of connectional ministry for mission. “We even had a team from Nebraska join us.”
A virtual celebration to honor Project Transformation’s 20 years of service in Oklahoma will be held on July 23 at 6 p.m. Speakers will include current AmeriCorps members and staff, as well as one of the founders of Project Transformation in Oklahoma. Though the presentation will be free to watch, up to $4,000 of donations made to the program on that day will be matched by the Annual Conference Council of the Oklahoma Conference. More information is available at https://www.okumc.org/pt2021.
While the Project Transformation model has looked vastly different within the past two years, many things have remained constant. Communities of people have been served, God has been faithful, and lives have been transformed due to the generosity of the program’s churches, partners and sponsors.