Friday Jan 02 2009
Senior delivers gifts to Koinonia foster teens
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
Name: Sarah Siminski Age: 18 High school: Del Oro College/career goals: Undecided on college; hopes to pursue a photography career. Senior project description: A community service project to donate and show support to teens in the Koinonia Group Home in Loomis. Sarah Siminski’s senior project was a “labor of love,” according to Bill Ryland, administrator of the Koinonia Group Homes & Treatment Clinic. Sarah raised funds and donations for coats, cold weather accessories, school supplies and “fun stuff” to be placed under the Christmas tree for the teens at the Koinonia Group Homes and the Crisis Resolution Center in Loomis. Sarah said she knew that during the holidays, donations often go to younger kids. “I wanted to focus on teenagers … just to show them they have support,” she said. When she was unsuccessful in getting larger businesses in the area to donate to her project, Sarah turned to local non-profits and family and friends. She found support from the Loomis Firefighters Association, Rocklin Fire, the Rocklin Firefighters Association, through deputy Ken White at the Loomis Sheriff’s Substation, and from a local church group. “I was surprised by … the generosity of the community. I thought due to hard times it would be harder” to get people back her project, she said. Koinonia’s Ryland isn’t at all surprised at Sarah’s success. “Sarah has this wonderful and energetic heart that looks to make a positive impact on those around her. What a bright shinning star – Sarah is all that you would hope the young people of today to be,” Ryland said.