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GET TO KNOW: Rebecca Snipes, Volunteer Reading Tutor

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This month, we’d like to shine a light on Rebecca Snipes, a volunteer reading tutor for the after school program at Neighborhood Focus.

A former middle school teacher, Rebecca has always loved helping educate others. She’s also helped raise two sons with her husband, one is now a senior at Clemson University, the other serves in the United States Navy. "I read to my boys every day when they were younger, helping instill a love of reading from a very early age," Rebecca said.

She began volunteering as a reading tutor at Neighborhood Focus in the spring of 2018. She works with both elementary and middle school age students, assisting them with word comprehension, phonics and story context.

“I wanted to work with the students at Neighborhood Focus after the program’s Executive Director Keith Groce shared with me about the literacy crisis in Greenville,” said Rebecca. “I knew this was an area where I could utilize my education background to help students grow in their reading skills.”

Many of the students attending Neighborhood Focus’s after school program are significantly behind their grade level in reading. Rebecca works with students to help break down some of the barriers to success, and then build up their reading comprehension and develop a trusted relationship with them.

“We’re able to provide that extra level of support a student might need to help boost their reading level,” said Rebecca. “Literacy is the key to unlock the door to success for so many people - if we can help a student read at or above their grade level, they’re more likely to perform better in school and create new and better opportunities for themselves.”

Rebecca shares a Bible verse that most inspires her, from Jeremiah 29:11-13:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

She also finds a quote from Samuel Rutherford’s Streams in the Desert helpful in her own walk with Christ:

Believe God’s word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock which ebbs and flows. But your sea.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lander University, as well as a Master’s of Education degree from Converse College. As a now empty nester, Rebecca enjoys cooking and gardening, as well as leading Bible studies with her husband.

We are grateful for Rebecca’s dedication and loving heart to support students at Neighborhood Focus!

GET TO KNOW: Michael Trotter, Volunteer

GET TO KNOW: Michael Trotter, Volunteer

Neighborhood Focus is special because of our volunteers. Every week, our volunteers selflessly donate their time to develop positive relationships with our students, helping with homework after school, serving as mentors and helping each child grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

This month, we’d like to introduce you to Michael Trotter, one of our valued volunteers at Neighborhood Focus. Michael has served within our organization for the past 2.5 years, having returned back to Greenville after living for 15 years in Fort Mill, SC.

Read on to learn more about Michael and why volunteering is important to him.

GET TO KNOW: Wilfredo Gonzalez, Accelerate Program Manager

GET TO KNOW: Wilfredo Gonzalez, Accelerate Program Manager

Each month, we’re going to introduce you to someone from Neighborhood Focus we think you might like to know better! It might be a staff person, a volunteer, a student or parent. There are so many people involved with Neighborhood Focus that make it such a special place, we want you to get to know the people behind it!

This month, we’d like to introduce you to Wilfredo Gonzalez, our Accelerate Program Manager working with our middle and high school students. Read on to learn more about Wilfredo’s background, hobbies and interests.