Christmas at BsideU

Year End Impact 2019

Thrift ‘n Thrive

Praise & Thanksgiving

Going Above and Beyond

Going Above and Beyond


Donna, a longtime volunteer, is losing her sight–but that doesn’t stop her from serving others. She can no longer drive, work or do the things she had been used to doing for a number of years. But that doesn’t stop her from coming to serve in the kitchen at BsideU on a weekly basis! She takes Tarc 3 to get to us and even brings donations of things to help with our lunch! She has expressed a tearful gratitude to us for allowing her to come and feel needed and use her culinary talents! Her servant’s heart has blessed us tremendously and we honored her for her dedication and commitment to us while overcoming such a personal struggle. Thank you so much for your dedication to this ministry, our clients and our Lord.  We love you Donna!!

San’s Journey to Success

San’s Graduation Story


Colin Powell once said that “there are no secrets to success.”  “It is the result of preparation,” he said, “hard work and learning from failure.”  These wise words from Powell prove to be true, especially for our clients working towards their GED.

A client for many years, San Cing Numathang, has put in hours of preparation, hard work, and learning in hopes that one day she would pass her high school equivalency exam.  As an English-language learner, her journey has been arduous and long. However, San’s determination kept her spirits high and allowed her to move past failures and disappointments she experienced along the way.  What’s more, because of her steadfastness, she was able to complete and pass the last test standing in the way between her and her GED!

On June 5th, BSideU for Life was able to celebrate with San and her family to mark the completion of something she has worked for during the past few years.  We were delighted to be able to celebrate her achievement and praise God along with her for His work in her life. As she marched down the hallway in her cap and gown that day, other clients applauded and praised her accomplishments.  The beaming smile that San wore during the celebration demonstrates the joy that comes from trusting the Lord and relying on His strength to get us through our most trying times. So, with elated hearts, BSideU praises San’s achievement and cheers her on as she continues her education at JCTC and continues to trust in the Lord throughout her life.

Say and Play

Say and Play with words is an initiative to help children get prepare for kindergarten and maintain their grade-level reading. This initiative is intended to bridge the ” word gap”. Studies show that by age 3, children from lower income homes are exposed to about 30 million less words than children that come from more financially secure homes. The “word gap” contributes to disparities in academic performance, such as kindergarten readiness and achieving grade-level reading.

Sudies also shows that vocabulary skills are incredibly important and that a lag in vocabulary development puts children at an academic disadvantage before they start their first day of kindergarten. In addition, studies identifies the vital role that families play in helping their child/children develop the vocabulary and conceptual skills they will need over their lifetime.

As parent leaders for this initiative, Kinshasta Reed and I, April Hickman decided that BsideU for Life would be a great place to share what we are learning. The girls that walk through the door here are not often aware of their childs/children educational disadvantage or what they can do to help their child/children. They don’t fully understand the role that they play during their child/childrens educational career.

As parent leaders we help to provide them skills by introducing activities that require parent/caregiver interaction and vocabulary building. These activities are a great way to have fun and teach at the same time.  Our involvement as clients and advocates, helps us too passionately present skills we believe will change the future of the children in our neighborhoods. We don’t take our role here at BSideU lightly and with the help of God we will continue the mission of helping to RAISE THE BAR of our represented communities.

Unbanquet Events

Unbanquet Events


This year BsideU decided not to have a formal banquet as we have for the past 15 years. We wanted to give our donors a break from banquets this year and new different, so instead we went with the UnBanquet idea. We had several smaller UnBanquet events including: a night of Laughing For Life with the UnPresident John C. Morgan, held at Okolona Christian Church.


We hosted a screening of the acclaimed pro-life movie UnPlanned, the story of Abby Johnson, held at Highview Baptist Church (east campus); and several board members hosted dessert/appetizer parties at their homes.

These events gave us a chance to get new people involved on our ministry & gave us a chance to get to know some of our long time donors better at smaller gatherings.

Our goal was to raise the same amount of funds as we normally do at our banquet. And we are so close! Thanks to all of you. If you have not yet donated to our UnBanquet and would like to help us meet our goal click here

To see pictures of the UnPresident event click here.

Team Life Bike Ride Wrap Up

This year we had 96 riders participated and we’ve received $40,177.15 in donations and sponsorships so far. We are so thankful for you.

Our goal is to raise $45,000.00. Please help us reach our goal by sharing this link to our bike ride fundraising page with your family and friends. You can still raise money through the end of August to get us to our goal so we can save more babies and help more moms in need.

The Team Life Bike Ride began in 2011, making this year’s ride the 9th annual ride. Each year the Ride has grown steadily in the numbers of riders, (even to include motorcyclists) donations received and in sponsorships. Thank you to Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling5th 3rd InsuranceSwope Family Foundation  for generously sponsoring the ride.

Mark your calendar now for next year’s event! The 2020 TLBR will be on

Saturday, August 8th. See our webpage for more details as the ride approaches!  




Journey To Success

Journey to Success

My journey to success has not always been an easy one, in fact, it was the longest road I have ever taken but gets a little better with each new accomplishment.  In this letter, I am going to open up about my journey with all of you and share my trials and tribulations in hopes to help inspire the next person walking a familiar road.

My story starts the way most low-income family households start.  I grew up in a home with a single mother and a few siblings.  Food stamps and child support were our only source of income.  My mother would work from time to time but she never really could keep a job.

I realized my passion in life at the age of 10.  I knew I loved helping people and bringing joy to other people’s lives.  At just 11 years old, I helped comfort a grieving mother after her drug-addicted daughter ran away from home.  From there my need to help grew stronger with each new year.  I was always a very shy and quiet young woman so I did not start dating until the age of nineteen.

My first boyfriend was my kid’s dad I met the day after I graduated high school.  We were so in love in the beginning that we jumped in way too fast, but that’s what happens when you’re young and don’t have a healthy relationship to look up to.  My mother did not date because being a single mother to three girls she always feared that men would harm us if she dated, so she sacrificed being in a relationship for us, that is a mother’s love for you.  My father, on the other hand, jumped from one bad relationship to the next. He was not a bad person or anything; he just opened his heart to the wrong women, but for impressionable young women that can cause a lot of damage.

While being with my kid’s dad I dealt with a lot of physical and mental abuse, and with each day, it got hard to get out of bed in the morning, but you can do all things through God.

I had my one year old daughter, was pregnant with my son, grieving over the death of my mother, and taking up to four college classes, while still being abused by my kid’s dad.  I was bad off.  I felt like I had nowhere to turn.  The only thing that was getting me through this was my children.  I loved them both so much.  The only thing that kept coming to my mind, at the time, was if I loved them so much how could I keep them in this dangerous environment.  Even worse, bring a new baby in the middle of all this pain and hate, so I felt abortion was the only way to save my child from having to grow up in a bad environment.  When you give up hope that is when God is working overtime for your benefit.  I gave up on myself but God never gave up on me, he was already making moves for me I just could not see it for myself.  The number I found in the phone book that I thought was an abortion clinic was actually the Center for Women & Families and they referred me to at Necole’s Place (now BsideU For Life) and they offered me life.  To help guide and strengthen me to become the woman God always meant for me to be.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart BsideU For Life.  When I was lost, you helped me find my way back to God.  In addition, you helped change my life for the better, and thanks to everyone’s love and prayers I made it, graduated from Jefferson Community College with my Associate degree,  and have been accepted into Spalding University School of Social Work!


I am forever Grateful.


Keisha Sutton