The Stockton Record published an article by Kevin Parrish about SSP’s second summer in Stockton, California.
“We are helping our community but also providing a home for youths from other communities,” says Alan Cook, Central United [Methodist Church]’s director of family ministries, “so that they can experience God in this community.”
Cook said part of the experience was having young people get to know Stockton and “see the ways our community is rising up to help other people.”
The Sacramento Press published an article by Jeffery Cassity about SSP relocating their central office to North Sacramento.
“The organization, which recently moved its headquarters from Carmichael to a storefront near Del Paso Boulevard and Arden Way in North Sacramento, works to change the lives of teenagers through selfless service to those in need.”
The Klamath Falls Herald and News published an article by Lee Beach, H&N Staff Reporter, about SSP’s youth teams working in Chiloquin, Oregon.
“The young people are incoming freshmen through seniors,” said Hana Richardson, one of seven staff members who have worked with the youth all summer. “A lot of the groups do fundraising to finance the trip, and 85 percent of our budget (for projects) comes from what the kids pay. The rest is from donors.” SSP provides all tools, materials and labor from those funds.
The Triplicate of Del Norte County published an article by Adam Spencer about SSP youth building a wheelchair ramp for a woman in Smith River, California.
“The main thing is empowering youth to do projects that society says they normally aren’t equipped to do,” Evan Griffiths, Smith River site director for Sierra Service Project, said outside of Tedsen’s home on Wednesday.
“If you show them how to do it once, then they can do it on their own for sure,” said construction supervisor Drew Izzo. “We’re on top of the precise measurements, but when it comes to cutting wood or mixing concrete, they are very competent.”