The Shoulder-to-Shoulder (S2S) Ministry Center is currently the home for 16 young Thai kids. They are all Hill Tribe kids representing most of the 6 primary tribes living in northern Thailand. Normally, people in the USA, Australia, and some other countries sponsor these kids. They send money to Acorn2Oaks, a USA non-profit organization, who then sends 100% of those funds to Thailand.Continuing Education Youth Support (CEYS) is the part of S2S that receives this money and then distributes it. The sponsorship money covers the following items,
- The cost of room & board and food while living in the Ministry Center. This includes all utilities, internet access, plus computers & printers for schoolwork.
- All school-related expenses like tuition, books, activity fees, and uniforms.
- A monthly stipend to cover meals at school and transportation to and from school.
The annual cost of sponsorship is $1,000 for High School students and $1,800 for University students. People can sponsor a student for 100% or 50% of the sponsorship costs. Sponsorships can be paid annually, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly! Sponsorship payments can be mailed directly to our ministry post office box or through PayPal. Automated monthly payments can be arranged through your local bank (on-line checking) or through PayPal. Please contact us about kids needing sponsorship! Then you can use the donate button below to begin a monthly donation via PayPal.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder General Support…
Sponsorship described above covers about 80% of the costs for each student. However, we don’t want to make the sponsorship costs overly expensive. Therefore, we have a number of people who donate funds in general while not sponsoring a specific student. These donations can be one-time or monthly! To donate like this, please make your donation “S2S General”.
Donations for Patti’s Kids…
In Patti’s absence, Shoulder-to-Shoulder Foundation has begun care for Patti’s Kids. We have organized a monthly budget with the 7 kids based on their needs for housing, food, personal, and school fees. The current budget through the end of 2020 can be downloaded by clicking here.
If interested in donating to support Patti’s kids, checks can be mailed to Acorn2Oaks, Inc., or online donations can be made through Pay-Pal. Please mark the donations for “Patti’s Kids”. For specific instructions or mailing address, please look at the How YOU can help section below.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder HIV Ministry…
Every month staff and students from S2S visit families infected with HIV. These people are HIV positive and are in good health. Most of them were seriously ill when we first made contact and in some cases, they were near death. None of them were able to work.
Each month we bring them food to supplement their diet. Additionally, we bring them spiritual encouragement as we share the Gospel message with them. Most of these families are Buddhist believers. Only a few are believers in Jesus. Often we sing worship songs with them while we are visiting. We always ask them how we can pray for them and invite them to join in with us during this prayer time.
We currently have 7 families that we visit each month. Our monthly budget for this is $500. If you would like to support our HIV families please mark your donation “HIV Support”.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder Building Fund…
The S2S Ministry Center and the Boy’s house are both completed. Over the past 18 months, we were able to build a playground area next to the ministry center and a Hydroponic garden. We are always doing our best to maintain our buildings and site to the best of our abilities. Thus we appreciate donations to our building fund to help with these projects and maintain our property.
Dream with us! One day in the future we would like to build a motel-like structure. This would be a place we would house teams when they come to visit and help with things. At the moment this is just an idea! It might have 6 rooms each with a bathroom. The rooms would be large enough for 2 people. Then have a larger meeting room with a kitchenette where the team could eat their meals on-site.
If you would like to donate to our building fund, please mark your donations “S2S-Building”.
How YOU can help…
Any donations are helpful! Thank you for reading this page and considering donating. Donations can be made in either of 2 ways…
- Send directly to Acorn2Oaks. Please include a sticky note with your check to identify the purpose of your donation. Then mail to Acorn2Oaks, Inc., PO Box 54, Zelienople, PA 16063-0054
- Click on the Donate button below to donate through PayPal. PayPal donations can be made using funds in your personal bank account or via credit card.
Be assured that 100% of your donations will go to the fund you choose. Your donations will help to continue to provide a permanent location for S2S students and to maintain and enhance the property!
To make a one-time donation through PayPal, click the button below. It will take you directly to PayPal for processing. Be sure to enter the amount of your donation as well as the fund designation.