Great Things This Year for The Foundry

The epic year of 2020 has come to a close. As we look back, we all have definitive moments—good or bad—that stand out to us. The Foundry is no different.

The Valencia family’s four boys have been a part of The Foundry since 2017. Jonathan and Diego are graduates of preschool and now attend the after-school program. Sander is completing his last year of preschool in Miss Shannon’s room, while William just began this semester in the three-year-old class.

Our teachers have seen the Valencia boys flourish as they continue their education. Not only have they evolved as creative thinkers, but they have also developed socially, as their teachers see daily in their friendships with other students. Their teachers have also noticed how well the boys’ speech has improved during their time at The Foundry.

The growth of these precious boys can’t be attributed to The Foundry alone, but The Foundry’s extra effort and impact continues to pour into their growth and development. The Valencia parents are very involved in the lives of their sons and, before COVID-19, they were routinely seen at The Foundry’s parent involvement events and holiday parties. Their optimistic, caring spirits have pushed their boys to become loving children and hard-working students. After-school Coordinator Will Downing recalls going to the family’s apartment following Jonathan’s graduation from preschool. Mr. and Mrs. Valencia had hung Jonathan’s certificate up on their mantle, showing their pride in the work their sons do at The Foundry.

The Valencia family saw a lot of changes in 2020, including a very positive one. At the start of the pandemic, they were able to move out of their apartment into a house! Not only did this move put them in close proximity to The Foundry, but they now live in a house that has a nice backyard for their children to play in. Mr. Valencia has spent months renovating the house for his family, and The Foundry has also helped with the house during the pandemic. The Valencia boys are very curious and love exploring their new place.

The Foundry and the Valencia family have a very meaningful relationship with each other. Mr. and Mrs. Valencia are always willing to do whatever is best for their children and they trust us, The Foundry, to help their children learn and grow into their best selves. God has worked in this family in magnificent ways, and we are so grateful He has allowed us the opportunity to be a part of their lives.

The Foundry, Spring Newsletter 2021

Big Changes and A Bright Future for The Foundry

The Foundry has seen many changes in the last year and a half. When Rick Bard stepped down, we were blessed to have Dr. Linda Johnson, who was already serving on the board, help bridge the gap as the volunteer interim Executive Director while the Board of Directors prayerfully searched for a new Executive Director.

Earlier this year, when much of the world froze in time, the Board of Directors took advantage of the silence to dive deeply into the organization’s mission, vision, values, future goals, and overall direction. The Board of Directors met under the leadership of a new board member, Dr. Terry Daniels, mapping out the strategic plan for how The Foundry would continue to serve Bowling Green. Terry’s passion for the community was evident during those meetings, and, as they continued, the rest of the Board of Directors began to sense that their prayers for a new Executive Director may have been answered.

“As a child, I grew up near The Foundry and the neighborhood it serves. I learned to play basketball in what is now The Foundry gym. I have an intimate awareness of what each child and family encounters and needs on a daily basis,” shared Terry. “I choose to serve on the board because I have a passion for helping improve whole families. As I’ve learned more about The Foundry, I’ve been astonished at how much the mission and vision align with my own passions.”

The board confirmed Terry’s alignment with the mission and vision of the Foundry when, at the June board meeting, they unanimously voted to hire Dr. Terry Daniels as the new Executive Director. “Terry is uniquely qualified to serve in this role, having lived in the West End of Bowling Green and sharing a passion for God’s ministry to the families and children who are our neighbors at The Foundry,” said interim Executive Director Dr. Linda Johnson. Linda will continue to serve The Foundry, and support Terry in her previous position as the board’s Chair of Finance.

Join in welcoming Terry and praying that his time at The Foundry is marked by Godly leadership and spiritual renewal in our community.

The Board of Directors, faculty, staff, children, and families of The Foundry are grateful for the dedication and hard work of Susan McCloud, the founding Education Director of The Foundry’s preschool academy. During her leadership years, Mrs. McCloud was devoted and successful in building a high-quality five-star licensed preschool program in the West End of Bowling Green! We are thankful for the years we were able to steal from her retirement from her days as Principal at T.C. Cherry Elementary, and are ever-thankful for her time at The Foundry.

The board is excited to announce that Melanie Llontop will build upon Susan’s work as our new Education Director. Melanie is a WKU grad who brings 27 years of experience in education. Melanie is fluent in Spanish and brings a demonstrated eye for detail and organization.

Please pray with us that Melanie’s extensive experience and fresh perspective will serve The Foundry well for years to come.

The Foundry’s vision continues to focus on building sustainable redemptive partnerships around children and families in the West End of Bowling Green. Our mission is to lay the foundation for future leaders to serve our community through education, health and wellness, and spiritual development.

We stand in a theological tradition that affirms our faith-based conviction and commitment to strong neighborhood relationships. Our commitment to a Biblical Foundation is unwavering. We value an inclusiveness and a welcoming environment. We share our passion for God and seek the good of our neighbors in Humble Service.

The tumult throughout the country reinforces the merits of The Foundry’s path of diversity and inclusion. Kindergarten readiness and early childhood education continue as foundational goals of The Foundry and the metric by which we measure our progress. We are preparing to open The Foundry Preschool Academy in the Fall under the guidelines established by the Governor’s office. The Foundry moves ahead in this period of challenge and change. More than ever, your continued support and prayers are necessary for the continued success of this ministry.

The Foundry, Spring Newsletter 2020