Great times in “The Big Easy”

Our teens just recently spent five days in New Orleans! Thanks to all our family, friends, and donors, the teenagers were able to tour an HBCU-Southern University at New Orleans, volunteer at a homeless shelter-The New Orleans Mission, tour the lower ninth ward, where a great amount of devastation occurred when Hurricane Katrina hit the city back in 2005, and have an overall fun visit in the city. Here are a few pictures from our trip.

 

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Indiana Idol Singing Competition

Hello Everyone!

Why Aren’t You Smiling will be holding a singing and rapping competition in the summer, August 11th, 2018. We are looking for talent in the city to compete but also help us to raise money to support the program. So if you are a believer in supporting mental health and you’re talented, WE NEED YOU! Please email us at wayswesmile@gmail.com or leave us a message here for details. Thank you and auditions will be in May.

Help us get to New Orleans!

This summer our organization will be taking the Teen Group to New Orleans for a wonderful and exciting adventure. The teens will be not only sight-seeing, but they will be volunteering with The New Orleans Mission. A non-profit that feeds over a 1,000 homeless women, men, and children per day! We wanted the teens to be able to continue with our mission of the program, helping others, while having a fun and learning experience. We will also visit the college campus of Southern University while there, tour the Ninth Ward, where most of the devastation occurred during Hurricane Katrina, The World War II Museum, Audubon Zoo, Jackson Square, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, and more! The teens are extremely excited. If you would like to help them get there, make your donation today at this website. Thank you and Keep Smiling!IMG_8767

New Year, New Goals

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Happy New Year everyone from us at W.A.Y.S.! It’s a new year and our program has new goals. We want to be able to get a better transportation system for the program-15-passenger van, more rewards, healthier meals at meetings, more helpful seminars for the kids, more guest speakers, etc.. We cannot do it without your donations. It doesn’t have to be much, just something to show the kids you care. Please┬ácontribute to this great program. Please and thank you!

 

(These were our goals last year. We are still praying for these things)

Pumpkin Patch with the kiddos!

We like having fun at W.A.Y.S. So, all of our time isn’t spent indoors talking. We get out and explore, to see what the city has to offer. We went to Waterman’s Pumpkin Patch and played with goats, took a hayride, picked some pumpkins, ran through a corn maze, drank hot chocolate, and laughed, and laughed, and laughed. We know here at W.A.Y.S. that laughter is good for the soul! Here are a few pictures from our muddy experience!

Wheeler Mission Christmas Party 2017

Our organization has been able to invest a lot of service time to the Wheeler Mission shelter for women and children. This past December we gave them a party to remember. With a meal fit for a king, we were able to serve about 89 women, children, and staff. We had a ugly sweater pageant, karaoke time, crafts, and an awesome dinner! What a blessing they were to us and hopefully we were a blessing to them. Here are some highlights from that evening.

Our 2017 Donor List

We want to give a huge shout out to all the individuals and organizations that have supported our program this year. We could not do it without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Katharina Dulckeit
Vernon Marsh and Barbara Van Vleet
Maliya Washington
Angelica Bonilla
Treay Bonilla
Ronald Bonilla
WAYS Parents
Josie Salinas
Tashanna Sowell
Brittany Lawton
Arthur Adams
Luke Green
Megan Dedeic
Matt Calhoun
Melinda Jameison
Jeffery Dyer
Rhonda Grady
Ivan Vargas
Michael Paulo
Trina Jones
Jay Jackson
Demetrius Smith
Maria Green
Mark Hollomon
Michelle Salinas
Joshua Estrada
Jason Estrada
Dara Gomez
Mavis Washington
Julie Rosetto
Angel Anderson
Corey and Karen Jackson
Michele Patterson
Angie Ennis
Hugh Smith III
Lauren Campbell
David Williams
Belinda DeHorn
Clarice Bailey
Sylvia Spears
Greg and Karen Ennis
Horizon Central Fellowship
Ben and Krista Coleman
Carlita Felder
Latrice Queen
Rosalba White
Chasmine Anderson
LaShauna Moore
Brenda Vega
Jace Hasenour
Daniel Shelton
Susan Ikeda
Larry Kimpel
Ron Jackson
Julie Dart
Paula Calhoun
Sandra Choyce
Tim Ford
Michelle Johnson
Garfield Park NA
Ayinde Brewster
Sandra Queen
Scott Tisby
Ronda Maddox
Catrina Jordan
Celia Choyce
Mary Delach
Dave-from Ace Hardware
Raynell Herring
Rachelle Barrett
Michelle Shafford
Rosalba White
Monica Bickerstaff
Harvey and Cheryl Estrada
Kinaya Foster
Jeaninne Mitchell
Ivan Vargas
Yuvelle McFarland
Kenny Washington
Becky Williams
Janet Kempf Barnaby
Elveida Taylor
Doug and Janet Shelton
Michelle Shaffer
Jasmine Wooden
Adriane Davis
Stormy Royse
Thomas Meade
Bethel AME
Project Love Food Pantry
Marcia Warrington
Anya Williams
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Pacers
Josephg Gilmore
Darla Rideaux
Carla Cannon
Robyn Stovall
Robin Herring
Earlean Fuller
Dessie Senegal
 Dr. Diane Martin
Debbie Holbert
Ryan Bishop
Emily Sauer Panich
Car Wash Patrons
Michelle Page
Garfield Park Farmers Market
Pete Septoski
Sally Dunn, Lena Dunn, and Denise Parker
Yvette Alexander
Carolyn Bosfield

Atlanta Fun!- Thanks everyone for helping us take this special trip.

The kids involved with the group just had the experience of their lives. Our three day, three night trip was a huge success. We had a very much needed history lesson at The National Center for Civil Rights, visited The World of Coca Cola Museum, did a scavenger hunt throughout the city that allowed us to see several other historical landmarks, Olympic Centennial Park, dinner at The Busy Bee Cafe, and more. We want to thank all our contributors who made this trip possible.

What a Wonderful Past Year We’ve Had

It seems like only yesterday when our group, Why Aren’t You Smiling? began. We began with a group of 16 and now we have grown to a group of 26. The year has been filled with tears, laughter, service to others, fun and games, and now our biggest adventure, Atlanta, Georgia. Yep, we did it! We raised enough money to take a three day, three night, trip to this historical city. We will be visiting National Center for Civil Rights Museum, World of Coca Cola Museum, Olympic Centennial Park, Busy Bee Cafe, and many more historical landmarks. But we could not have gotten there without the support of our friends , families, and community members, that were able to support us with their generous donations. So we are giving a huge shout out to all of you who prayed and supported this opportunity for the kids. Here are a few recaps of the year:

Praise God!