This week is the last week our amazing Program Director Kendra will be on staff. She is transitioning off of staff to spend more time at home with her little ones and to begin a new venture of preventing child abuse. She has been an integral part of Club Christ for the last eight years and we will greatly miss her presence and insight. We are so excited for her though as she continues to follow God’s calling.
I’ll never forget when I first met you. I arrived at the Henderson center super unsure of what I had just gotten myself into and there you were! Kind, soft-spoken, beautiful, wearing a dress and pearls, and working with a bunch of wild kids. I’ve always been inspired by you. No matter what it is you’re doing you always do it with excellency. Out of all the things I love about you, I love your compassionate heart the most. You care so much and SO deeply for everyone around you. When you listen to people speak you truly engage and connect, it’s what makes you so wonderful. I’ll always be inspired by the girl in the dress and pearls and that girl will always be so dear to my heart. You are my inspiration, my fashion icon, and my friend. Thank you for every thing you’ve ever spoken into my heart! I love you! – Maryann, former Las Vegas Center Director
Kendra, I’ll never forget the first time I met you- it was the middle of August, a thousand degrees, and I was checking out the Las Vegas Center for the first time. Immediately I sensed a gracious, gentle, and loving spirit within you! Thank you so much for all you have done for Club Christ and for me- both as my co-worker and my friend. Your support, concern, and encouragement have gotten me through some tough times and for that, I am incredibly grateful. I am going to miss our meetings at Grouchy Johns and seeing you in the office. I know that you have a gift and a heart for kids who have experienced some terrible things and God is using you to change their lives and the lives of their families. You are amazing. Love you! –Angela, Las Vegas Center Director
Kendra has brought a lot of “firsts” to Club Christ. She is a pioneer in a lot of ways, unafraid to throw out new ideas to see if they stick. I love to work through the practicality of ideas, so her and I have made a great team! When I look back over her eight years with us, I can hardly put into words what she has meant to me and this organization. Here are just a few of the firsts that have made Club Christ what it is today…
- Our First Brochure
- I wanted a nice brochure for our new organization and a friend recommended I reach out to Kendra Perry (later to become Kendra Dyson). She whipped up a beautiful and professional trifold that really impressed me. Her artistic talents have been such an HUGE asset to Club Christ over the years and they will be missed.
- Our First Time Opening a New Center
- After five years at our original center in North Las Vegas when I sat down with Kendra at her job interview to share how we hoped to launch a new center in Henderson. She told me that when she was a little girl she had done an outreach in Landsman Gardens and that she remembers God gently impressing on her that she would return to that neighborhood someday. She did an amazing job leading that center which had some of the wildest kids I have ever met haha!
- Our First Mac User
- “You use a Mac?” Kendra had a Macbook before it was cool to have a Mac haha. Now we all have them. She is definitely a trend setter.
–Evan, Executive Director
Kendra you are so awesome because of your heart for others. It has been a pleasure serving alongside you the past four years and witnessing the wonderful ways God uses you to love everyone around you. You were such an influential part of me joining staff with Club Christ. Serving under you as a volunteer from 2012-2013, your devotion to the students, community and your family inspired me. I LITERALLY wanted to join the Club Christ team because I wanted to love others the way you did. Little did I know God would use you to encourage me to join the team and take over this community you treasure. Over the last two and a half years, I don’t think there has been a single day in the office or center where you didn’t ask me about my day, Katie or if I needed any help. No matter how busy we were or how chaotic the moment was, you took the time to make me, our team and our students feel valued. I am a better leader because of your influence Kendra, and I am so grateful to be part of this amazing ministry and team because of your encouragement. You saw potential in me as a volunteer, and you empowered me to be the leader that I am; thank you. I will always appreciate you and I’m so touched by all you do for others. Praying for you and your family on this new adventure. –Kendall, Henderson Center Director
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
-Winnie the Pooh