Jay’s Closet now available at Jesup Community School
By Cheryl Parker

There is a brand-new outreach resource in Jesup, one that focuses on the needs of Jesup Community School students and their families. It has been given the name “Jay’s Closet” and is located in Melissa Trumbauer’s room on the third floor of the high school (Room 317).

The project began as an outreach project of Candeo Church in Cedar Falls. Serena Andrews, JHS Communications and English teacher, is a member of Candeo. Members are encouraged to reach out to organizations such as Alternatives, House of Hope, etc. and schools as regional ministry liaisons.
Andrews’ first step was to talk over the idea with JHS Superintendent Nathan Marting. It wasn’t a hard sell; Marting’s wife, Reagen, administers the program for the Independence School. The mission is to minister to people’s needs and requires finding out what those needs are.

There appeared to be a need. Needs run the gamut from food to clothes to hygiene items to school supplies and beyond. A recent example was an athlete who wanted to go out for softball, but would have trouble raising the funds for face mask, glove, cleats, etc. Trumbauer overheard the conversation, put out a request on her own Facebook page, and the needed supplies were donated within hours.

Trumbauer stresses this is a “no questions asked” environment. There is no formal information gathering, no paperwork. Her room’s remote location lends itself to privacy. Jay’s Closet is unable to take monetary donations at this time, but they are in the process of setting up a financial account. Gift cards are always welcome. No funds are run through the school.

Blue and orange fliers have been distributed to local businesses, and Jay’s Closet is in the process of setting up their own Facebook page. The best way to follow the needs of Jay’s Closet is to follow the Jesup Community School Facebook page and Jay’s Closet Facebook page.

Trumbauer will be in her classroom through June 29 and is accessible throughout the summer by contacting mtrumbauer@jesup.k12.ia.us, or by calling 827-1700, extension 1344.
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