The leaves are falling, it’s getting colder outside, and my heating bill has skyrocketed… Thanksgiving and Christmas must be right around the corner. What happened to 2017? Although 2018 may almost be upon us, there are still two full months of 2017 left and we have several fun events planned for our youth.

Long before I came onto the team, Hosea has thrown a Christmas party aptly dubbed, “Hosea Kid Christmas.” This year, we’re excited to throw our annual Christmas party and we’d like some input from our volunteers, donors, and mentors (i.e. anyone probably reading this blog post). Our party is scheduled for Monday, December 18th, and we are planning on providing breakfast, presents, and a Christmas movie event for the youth who sign up. If you’d like to be involved in the planning process or would like to help donate to Hosea Kid Christmas in anyway please contact Karri Tinnes ( or myself (

Additionally, we are planning on throwing youth a Thanksgiving event during our normal hours of operation—4:30-6:00—on Monday, November 20th. Our goal is provide youth with a delicious Thanksgiving meal and serve them in the process. Hosea staff and volunteers will be acting as waiters during the meal and will take youth’s orders, etc. Our goal is to convey to youth that they are appreciated and loved—what better way to communicate that than through serving a fancy Thanksgiving meal! If you’d like to volunteer, participate, or donate to this event, please contact me at (

It’s been a full year at Hosea. Since January, we’ve re-launched our vocational placement program, we’ve reassessed how we approach the Drop-In Center, and we’ve inched closer to the official launch of our housing program for young women between the ages of 16-18. As these programs begin to build steam, we’re extremely excited to see how God can use them to better the lives of the youth we serve. Thanks for all of the community support we’ve received throughout the year. We are able to operate because of volunteers and donors like you!

Josh Frank