Serving With A Purpose is a non profit Christian organization that was founded by Melissa Toney in 2011. As a former educator she saw the needs of children up close not just educationally, but the lack of so many basic needs not being met. She was the teacher like so many more with a closet in their classroom that was not just filled with educational materials but with all the basic needs that kids need to survive because their families were struggling to provide it. There are many basic needs that have to be met but the most important and detrimental to life is physical survival. That is having food, water, clothing, shelter, sleep and oxygen. If a person cannot satisfy this basic survival need it dominates their interest and concern. A child who is cold, sleep deprived or hungry will not be very interested in socializing or learning. Bodies of children with consistently unmet needs go into more of a survival mode, and it literally alters their brain chemistry. It affects not just their bodies, but now educators are not able to teach them in school. Our goal is to alleviate those barriers. We partner with school districts to plant physical resource centers on campuses and work with counselors and teachers to provide toiletries, clothes, shoes, undergarments, household goods, lifeskill classes, counseling, etc. for all students in need and their families. We also provide furniture for families that have been affected by disaster circumstances as well. Children spend more time at school then they do at home and EVERY student should walk in the doors of a school and know EVERY need will be met holistically! We also build an alliance of community partners and businesses within the resource centers to come along side to offer even more support within the schools to assist students and families. By doing this, we break generational curses of poverty and failure that tends to breakdown families and prohibit educational success. Studies show that children whose basic needs are met are not only able to achieve academic success, but graduate to further their education, and obtain college degrees and go into successful careers. It takes us all to do what's best for kids, and by doing that, we shape our children for greatness in hopes of a better future.
Our mission is to partner with school districts, colleges, stakeholders and community partners to implant on campus resource centers to provide free basic needs, life skills, counseling, and other resources to equip, educate, and empower students, their families and the community to help meet needs to break down barriers that affect the classroom, create/expand opportunities, to support academic success.