Summer Alive is a program of Project CoffeeHouse. Since its inception 17 years ago, the 501(c)(3) known as Project CoffeeHouse has been maximizing chances for young people to develop lives of joy and purpose.
PCH first partnered with and subsequently took over the summer food program from the St John Lutheran Church. Summer Alive now runs Monday thru Thursday for 8 weeks in the beautiful town park of Montgomery, PA. There are no fees to participate, thereby leveling the playing field for over 100 children and assuring that no child will be turned away from a hot meal or from participating in Summer Alive’s abundance of projects, play, and learning experiences because of an inability to pay.
A day at Summer Alive begins with breakfast and ends with lunch, the food program fully funded by the USDA. In the time between 2 meals, magic happens. From the organic garden to the mud kitchen; from art projects to photography; from music lessons to karaoke; from a wide range of art and creative expression opportunities to the sports fields; from cooking classes to the giant sand pit; from wildflower walks to Pop Up Play cardboard creations – the child-centered Summer Alive program keeps kids engaged and connected to the natural world. Every morning kids learn new skills and re-discover how to play in ways that do not require a screen or an electronic device but do require cooperation, honest communication and respect for all.
In short, Project Coffee House enriches the lives of children as it nurtures young minds and bodies by serving wholesome food and providing an abundance of opportunities for growth of body, mind and spirit. Summer Alive cultivates and empowers tomorrow’s citizens and does it all with a small team of dedicated volunteers and staff members.
Summer Alive depends on the generosity of individuals, churches and civic organizations for its operating budget. Donations in any amount are deeply appreciated.