Englert is one of the founders of Glory Outreach, a local charity group that sends necessities to Jamaica to help poor children attend school. She said that the second year she traveled to the Caribbean for a mission trip with the mission builders, she met Sean Wallace, which changed her direction in life. Wallace was the youngest in a family of 13 children. She said he was trying to put together a gospel band, but that was easier said than done.
“He and his friends didn’t have instruments, but he wanted to sing for Christ,” Englert said.
Englert decided that she wanted to help him get his band started, so through donations in Trigg and Christian County, where she works at the Department of Juvenile Justice, she was able get some instruments back to Jamaica. Wallace then formed God’s Glory Band. The same year that Englert met Wallace, she noticed how many children were running around on the streets with no supervision. She was told that most of these kids were children whose families couldn’t afford to send them to school. She said that Jamaica has public education, but that high school-aged students have to pay $100 a year for classes, which is prohibitive for many families in the poverty-stricken nation. Students of all ages must buy uniforms and shoes, as well as pay lunch fees which also proves to be too demanding for lots of them. She said Wallace never wore shoes before traveling to America.
Englert soon decided that if she could manage to raise enough money to send guitars, she could also raise enough to get other children an education. So in 2004, Glory Outreach began and the first shipment was sent. She said that they supported 18 kids the first year and 50 the next. She said that her goal is to send 100 children to school this year. Englert said that Glory Outreach now supports several education, health and wellness in the Silent Hill area. This includes kindergarten, “basic school,” primary school, high school, five medical clinics, a hospital, a nursing program and a vocational school.
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