Sights, sounds and aromas of the season will permeate the air at Jacob’s Well for the first Harvest of Hope Festival for the public starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
The building and grounds of the old Utica Elementary School, 605 Old Salem Road in the small town outside Jeffersonville, will welcome families and individuals of all ages to the free event featuring a chili supper with all the trimmings, a caramel apple bar, treats for the kids, games, pumpkin pitch, pumpkin bowling, and face painting. The festivities will wrap up with a popular black-light puppet show by Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church’s puppet ministry team at 8 p.m..
Autumn costumes are encouraged that evening as the name of the event itself — Harvest of Hope — signifies one major outcome of the Jacob’s Well mission: to offer hope to all people being served, benefitting not only the residents living on-site but also those living in Utica as well as all counties in its service area: Clark, Floyd, Harrison and Scott in Indiana and Jefferson in Kentucky.
The non-profit Jacob’s Well is opening its facility, which continues to undergo major renovation, to draw the community together, build a network of relationships, create opportunities for fellowship, and offer the public access to the property. Those goals will continue to be fulfilled as this local Christian mission, established in 2010 and located at the current site since 2011, houses and assists struggling single mothers and their children who desire to become self-sufficient, productive members of the community.
“The festival is a time for us to meet and express our appreciation to our neighbors, showcase the tremendous potential for the property’s variety of uses, and share fellowship and fun,” said Deby Mettling, president of the 13-member Jacob’s Well board of directors.
Jacob’s Well offers a holistic approach through spiritual, relational, and educational methods that build on the women’s strengths and interests. Specifically, the organization’s goals are to establish a network of positive relationships beginning with Jesus Christ and including local churches and a personal team of mentors; developing a personal education and development plan for each resident; and guiding each woman as she achieves sustainable employment.
The education wing will house programs open to the entire community, such as basic computer courses, financial planning, budgeting, parenting, GED classes, Bible studies, and youth group studies.
For more information, contact Barbara or Kevin Williar, founding executive directors, at 812-288-8870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.