YFC Siouxland’s “Clothes Closet” Initiative Builds Lasting Relationships

YFC Siouxland Provides Necessities to Youth in Need to Point Them Back to Christ

November 1, 2021

SIOUX CITY, Iowa— Youth For Christ (YFC, www.yfc.net), reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement.

From their Juvenile Justice Ministry to the City Life Ministry, YFC is prepared to meet youth at any stage of their lives to create meaningful relationships with them.

YFC Siouxland has developed an innovative and creative way to reach youth. YFC Siouxland envisions engaging 2,400 lost and struggling 11 to 19-year-olds annually in authentic Christ-sharing relationships through 500 Christ-centered leaders. One strategy YFC Siouxland uses to achieve this vision is through their new “Clothes Closet” initiative, which provides free clothes, coats, shoes, hygiene products, and other goods to youth in need. The project, which relies on generous donations from the local community, not only provides a service to youth in need of necessities, but also gives teenagers who need support a place to go to build vital relationships.

Jacob Bland, president and CEO of YFC, stated, “Outreaches such as the Clothes Closet provide a unique opportunity for YFC staff and volunteers to come alongside youth and make them feel seen, valued, and heard. By providing a means to cover their basic needs, such as clothing, hygiene products and other necessities, we show young people that we care about them and their wellbeing. This can open the door to deeper relationships, both with us as mentors and with Christ.”

Volunteer Kimberly Petersen commented, “There are many requests I hear while volunteering at The Clothes Closet, and hidden in their outward statements are the real needs they are seeking. ‘Do you have an extra-large hoodie because I am going into placement,’ becomes, ‘I need security in this uncertain and scary time in my life.’ ‘I don’t need anything, I just came to bug you,’ becomes, ‘I don’t need physical items—I just need you to listen to me and spend time with me.’

“I have been volunteering at The Clothes Closet for almost a year,” Petersen continued, “and there has never been a night of ‘no needs’ even if clothing isn’t taken. The Clothes Closet is a place where kids are safe to say they don’t have a way of getting something they need. It is a place for our kids to come and spend time talking about the things that they are struggling with, which allows us to come alongside them to make them feel seen and understood.”

This unique outreach to youth goes hand-in-hand with YFC’s City Life ministry. City Life teams aspire to see deep change in local neighborhoods and communities. As a relational, holistic, community-based ministry, City Life teams raise up indigenous leaders from the young people living in local neighborhoods. Through this ministry, YFC helps young people realize their worth and uncover God’s story of hope in their lives.

YFC Siouxland students meet weekly after school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons and Friday evenings with a family-style meal provided twice weekly, a great time of games, fun, and discussion at the Le Mars City Life Teen Center. For more information, click here.

YFC chapters impact thousands of communities across the nation, seeking out and serving youth from all walks of life. Many teens are silently struggling through a wide variety of challenging issues—and through the YFC ministry God empowers, they see the living power of a loving God. YFC trains its leaders in a proven, relational ministry model called 3Story®, which encourages staff and volunteers to be good news while also sharing the stories of the Good News of Jesus. It involves building relationships through the ups and downs of everyday life in order to lead people to Christ.

YFC has been a pillar of missional ministry since 1944, when the Rev. Billy Graham served as YFC’s first full-time staff member. Since then, Youth For Christ has continued to be both a rural and urban ministry on mission, and it is always about the message of Jesus. YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement. Youth For Christ operates in over 100 nations and has 137 chapters that impact communities across America.

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