Skills USA students help REST Inc. with Christmas event –

CLEARFIELD – Resources to Empower, Support and Transform Kinship Families, or REST Inc., will be hosting their first family Christmas event with the help of local high school students.

The event is part of a community service project for Skills USA students at Clearfield County Career & Technology Center, and they spoke about their project at the County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday.

The event will take place on Saturday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the CCCTC. It is open to all related families in the area and will offer a buffet breakfast with Santa himself.

In Clearfield County, nearly 45% of grandparents are raising their grandchildren, according to a previously released REST Inc. press release.

Typically, these family caregivers step in to provide unannounced care when the parents are unable to care for the children, or they themselves request custody to ensure the safety of the children.

While family caregivers can become licensed foster parents, most serve on an “informal” basis, receiving no allowance or other support.

Yet, studies show that children who are raised by caregivers have more stability, better outcomes, and more connection to their inheritance.

The student organization Skills USA, under the leadership of instructor Jerome Mick, within the CCCTC, is helping to promote REST Inc. and this holiday event.

Students will also plan and organize additional fundraisers to benefit REST Inc. for the remainder of this school year, Mick said.

“They see it (family care) firsthand among their peers and within their sending schools,” Mick said, adding, “they just want to make an impact”.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, educators, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce and is a leadership-driven program.

Additionally, CCCTC culinary students are expected to prepare breakfast for the event. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs and sausage.

Kinship families are requested to confirm their attendance by November 30th by calling or texting 814-762-2933. Families are also encouraged to express their family needs and wish lists for children.

“This mission that God has entrusted to my life and my heart is a privileged mission, although it is a journey of many challenges,” Founder Bobbie Johnson wrote to the Commissioners, “but I would not change it. for nothing in the world.

“It has allowed me to meet so many other people taking the same path, to witness God’s provision through this community for kinship families and to be blessed by so many humans.”

Johnson also expressed his gratitude to Skills USA students and their mentor, Mick, and the Clearfield County Commissioners. “Together we can make a difference.”

More information about this event and the services provided by REST Inc. can be found by visiting the organization’s website at

Anyone or business interested in donating to REST Inc. to meet the needs of related families can do so online through the website or by contacting Bobbie Johnson at 814-762-2933.

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