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Intergenerational Clearinghouse and Resource Educational Center

Several years ago Vickie Bobbitt,  Deaconess and Superintendent of Sunday School, of SMBC. Had a Vison in our community where children and Senior Citzens thrive through Connections, Involvement, Understanding, Respect, and Role Modeling.  This program started back in 2009, and it is now striving throughout the Community reaching youth and Senior Citizens, in positive interactions in playing board games and WII games with the Senior Citizens. Senior Citizens reading to the younger youth, kids sitting down and talking with the Senior Citizens, Youth and Senior Citizens doing other meaningful projects together.

For Information on I.C.A.R.E.
Contact Vickie Bobbitt at (785) 761-6278

The Start of I.C.A.R.E.

BackGround History of (I.C.A.R.E.)

* Sept 4, 2000-Seed Planted
   The origination of the "Vision" to have an Intergenerational Center in Junction City was conceived and birth. The
   The Center would consist of youth &seniors interacting by engaging in various activities to help bridge the gap
   of the two generations. Putting the Vison in writing came 5-years later.

* October 2, 2005-The Journey Began: (Habakuk 2:2-3)
   Three members of SMBC met to brainstorm the "Purpose and Goal of an Intergenerational Center" in
   Junction City. (Pastor Leonard F. Gray, Kathy Tucker, and Vickie Bobbitt) It was decided that more extensive
   research should be dome locally and statewide to research other areas who had established an
   Intergenerational Center in their location. Also, determine if we were duplicating services in Junction City.

* January 6, 2006- Committee Task Force
   The three members shared task assignments and research information that was gathered for the Intergenerational
   Center. It was discussed that the Intergenerational Center should be based in the community it possible.

* February 8, 2007- First I.C.A.R.E. Presentation- location Ministerial Alliance of Junction City.
   The meeting was coordinated Pastor Paul Wolf, First United Methodist Church of JC and Pastor Leonard F.
   Gray of Second Missionary Baptist Church, JC.

* November 8, 2007-First Presentation to Community
   Community Connections/ Boys and Girls Club Coalition Meeting. Five community partners were interested in
   forming an Intergenerational Committee. Pastor Paul Wolf coordinated with Commissioner Ken Talley to have
   a spokesperson on the Agenda to speak about the Intergenerational Center at the coalition meeting.

* December 6, 2007- First Intergenerational Committee Meeting Held.
   5 community partners attended.

* May 28, 2008-Executive Director Proposed Official Name of Organization
  Intergenerational Clearing house and Resource Educational Center. (I.C.A.R.E.)
  (Tonya Bobbitt and Belinda Kittling birth the organizations name.)

* The Temporary location of I.C.A.R.E. is; 701 W. 10th Street, Junction City, Kansas.

* June 26, 2009- I.C.A.R.E. was established as a 501 (c) (3) Organization.


Individuals who encouraged and supported the Vision

The Bobbitt Family and extended family members

Pastor Leonard F. Gray, Second Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor Paul Wolf

Mrs. Ruby Stevens

The Late Bobby L. Whitten

Mrs. Irene McDonald

Rev. Walter Pinkney

Kathy Tucker-benefits Ft. Riley

Carolyn Tolliver-Lee Parent Educator, Family Advocacy- Ft. Riley

Ollie Willis-Career Development-Ft. Riley

Deanna Knapp, Grant Consultant- Wichita State University

Junction City Community Partners

Second Missionary Baptist Church Diaconate Board

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Second Missionary Baptist Church
701 W. 10th Street | Junction City, KS 66441 | PH: 785-238-7434
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