I worked at the Oaks in Lodi for the Summer Foods service Program and had many issues with the director. She would yell at us in front of the clients and constantly tear us down. In fact, when she came back after a brief resignation, a majority of the staff and volunteers quit. Her lack of professionalism is appearant when things are not going her way, making for a tense work environment. I urge caution to all who go into the building.
I was requested to be a volunteer to head up a after school program for children ages 5 to 11. This program is held until school is completed. The program, Club Connections, helps the children with schoolwork, develope their minds by doing creative activities and learning to be responsible young adults. Myself and other volunteers will recognize problems in behavior or home issues that could surface while at Club Connections, so we assist the children in dealing with their issues. I also direct the Summer Foods Program, which is a free lunch program, run two times a week, during summer break. During this program, the children receive a free lunch if qualified, have activities and keep the school work fresh in their minds.
I am a student at Ashland Theological Seminary doing the Clinical Counseling program. I am working as a intern at mutlitple places to finish my degree, and The Oaks has been wonderful in helping me receive great supervision. They support the community in many ways, and truly love helping people. Betty Barlow is an amazing supervisor. She does everything she can to help as many people as possible, and she always does it with a smile on her face.
I volunteer for the Oaks because they helped me when I needed the help. My son was a preemie and the first three months were really difficult. The staff and volunteers at Oaks were always calling to see how I was doing. Without them, getting through the surgeries would have been really difficult!
I started coming to the Oaks Family Care Center since i was 9 years old and I started going to the Lodi Oaks and it started out as i was younger as a place to hangout but as i grew older i realized what they were all about and once i turned 12 i started doing programming at the Oaks in Lodi and then i started to becoming interested into volunteering and i started to do that and i am currently working for Americorps Vista at the Oaks Family Care Center and i am 19 years old now and they are more of a family then my family is and now i have my 11 year old little sister going there for progrmming and hanging out
I moved back into Brunswick in 1998 and was looking for a place where I could perform some volunteer work. There was an article in Brunswick Sun Times about a new social service agency that was opening up in Brunswick. The article went on to describe the Oaks and stated that they were looking for volunteers. Little did I know the plan that God had for me at the Oaks was to be one of His Gardeners - planting seed of hope and of faith and of love in those He brought to the Oaks. I have worked with single moms, kids of divorced parents and teenage girls. Most recently I have be blessed with being a part of the Detention Ministry at the Medina Juvenile Detention Center. Our mission is to "turn the lives of these youth around so they don't return to detention or jail --- to break the cycle of incarceration". I thank God for the Oaks and for leading me to them and for my role as on of His Gardners.