- The JIS team on August 25 fellowshiped with the boys at the Mount Olivet United Church
- The boys received packages of shoes, books, uniforms, bags and stationery from sponsors
- The JIS team is scheduled to make another visit to the home during the Christmas season
The back-to-school period saw the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) making its second visit of the year to the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston Manchester.
In celebration of the agency’s 50th Anniversary, the JIS team on August 25 fellowshiped with the boys at the Mount Olivet United Church.
“I think it was a good move and the boys and staff enjoyed it…it was a good experience sharing with them in the worship service and they think it enhanced it,” said Senior Duty Officer and Staff Representative at the Home, Jeffect Watson.
He added that, “I think the JIS should put this into practice some more. The church service was a wise move for the JIS as it shows you’re willing to share with the boys holistically, and not just about have fun with them. It was a blessing to have the team.”
Members of the JIS team also expressed their views on the Sunday visit, which saw the boys taking part in the service by reading the scripture, singing and ushering.
Telephone Operator at the JIS, Hazel Christie told JIS News that, “Going on a Sunday for a change was good. It was good to fellowship with the boys.”
After the church service, the boys were refreshed with snacks as well as packages of shoes, books, uniforms, bags and stationery from sponsors that have supported the home over the three years since it was adopted by the JIS. Sponsors include: Juici Patties, Novelty Trading Company Limited, Sammy’s, Mega Mart, and YB Afraid who have also adopted the Home and collaborates with the JIS.
Corporate Services Officer at the JIS, Njrie Brown is happy about the JIS’ involvement at the home. “It is a good idea to give back to the society. I think the boys need some love especially at this time of year, and some of them don’t really have any family, so it’s good that we’re there giving them support.”
Staff members also expressed the fulfilment they get from seeing the smiles on the faces of the boys.
“I keep going to the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home because of the joy I see on the boys’ faces whenever we go. Whenever they see the bus coming you can see them waving and just greeting us on our way in and on our way out, and I’m happy for that. I’m happy that we can bring joy to the faces of the young boys. I feel good about that,” Human Resource Officer, Diane Dawkins said.
The JIS team is scheduled to make another visit to the home during the Christmas season.