By Ruth Young Tyler
As the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close, preparing for the first day of school required “all hands on deck.” As the task list increased, several churches and organizations hosted back to school events across the region. Addressing the needs of the community is an on-going process. Pastor Linwood Bethea and Apostle Dr. Karen S. Bethea, leadership staff and volunteers of Set the Captives Free Outreach Center (STCFOC) hosted its 9th annual back to school event on August 12th. Marilyn Mosby, Esq., States Attorney for Baltimore, Maryland supported the event and delivered words of encouragement and hope for a successful school year to parents and students.
Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) has over 114,000 students enrolled which includes elementary, middle, high school, special education and alternative schools. Operating in the African proverb “It takes a village…” STCFOC offered school supplies, health checks, a host of resources, fresh produce, hygiene products and prayer. The event was free and open to the public.
Serving the Community by the Numbers
With its mission focused on outreach, worship and education, STCFOC served:
444 families and favorably impacting a total of 1,864 people.
1,000 bags of school supplies.
250 book bags filled with school supplies were donated by Amerigroup, an on-site vendor.
16,039 pounds of fresh produce were distributed.
18,086 pounds of non-perishable food and toiletries were given away.
135 volunteers assisted in the planning, marketing and distribution of
To learn more about STCFOC’s outreach efforts, log onto www.stcfoc.com.