Here at Fresh Start, our desire to give underserved individuals a chance for a better life goes much further than our name. We have a long list of programs and community events that seek to educate, empower, and uplift our beloved Bootheel.
Our summer camp serves over 120 students during a 4-week period. This program consists of arts and crafts, life skills, recreation and career exploration.
The Bowden Center is the central kitchen for the seven food sites that serve over 450 meals during the summer months, The sites are as follows:
The Bowden Center
Iron Bank Pavilion
East Prairie, MO
The Basketball Camp provides team building exercises and life skills training, Due to the rigorous physical demands of the camp, the exercise allows participants to be in top shape once the season begins. This program averages 60-80 participants.
Our basketball program is well respected throughout Southeast Missouri. The Bowden Center has become known to be prolific in the field of youth basketball. We have over 60 students involved in youth basketball in Charleston on a rolling basis. This program and its' participants have been awarded many 1st place trophies and medals. The coaches of this program are volunteers and past players who gladly devote their time to continue the success of the program.
We serve over 35 students Monday thru Thursday with assistance with their homework. We also teach them different study techniques that are more helpful and appropriate regarding their individual learning style.
HALO stands for "Healthy Alternatives for Little Ones". Mannerism skills as well as motor and body function skills are taught to students ranging from kindergarten through the 2nd grade.
We serve approximately 130 meals daily to latch-key students. This provides a safe haven to local, school-aged students who are in need from 3 PM to 6 P:M. students are exposed to positive programs that promote a healthy lifestyle.
Your support and contributions will enable us to expand the number of resources and opportunities that we are able to provide.
Every dollar counts.