Joshua House

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985 Plant Street
Macon, GA 31201
(478) 741-2080

Joshua House is the after-school program of Out & Up, a faith-based organization that works within the Tindall Heights neighborhood adjacent to Mercer. Joshua House is a wonderful example of the community partnerships that can be forged to enrich the educational, emotional, and spiritual lives of the children of this community. Along with Mercer, a number of partners help Joshua House to perform its mission of providing after-school tutoring and a summer enrichment camp for elementary-aged students.

Here is what the Joshua House director, Tracey Muff, has had to say about Mercer’s relationship with the program:

“Through Joshua House’s after-school program, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Mercer University tutors for the past three years. Each year has become more and more successful. I am especially fond of the relationships that are formed between the students and their Mercer tutors. On a consistent basis, Mercer tutors display integrity, generosity, dedication, punctuality, and most of all, love! The tutors are assigned to work with the after-school students for one semester, but many of them continue to come back and visit students long after their requirements have been fulfilled. Our desire is to enrich our students through technology, social interaction, reading/writing skills, and the incorporation of the arts into their daily lives. The Mercer University-Joshua House relationship is extremely powerful and will continue to positively impact our students. Thank you, Mercer, for helping us to mold and shape our most precious resource—our children!”

Recent Mercer Work with Joshua House

  • In 2005, Mercer used its Community Outreach Partnership Center funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to equip Joshua's House with computers, desks and chairs, and telephone and Internet service.
  • In fall 2006, 20 FYS students worked with 15 Joshua House students to make digital stories about themselves. The Joshua House students wrote their own scripts and used computer technology to add pictures and music to their stories.
  • In spring 2007, 20 FYS students worked with the same Joshua House students to make digital stories in which they interviewed “The person I most admire.”
  • Since 2005, Mercer community workstudy students have tutored over 9,000 hours at Joshua's House.

How to Get Involved

FYS students wishing to do service-learning at Joshua House should contact Bobbie Shipley, Program Coordinator in Interdisciplinary Studies, (478) 301-2357 or shipley_be@mercer.edu. Students wishing to volunteer or work as community work study tutors at Joshua House should contact Ina Vaughns, Administrative Coordinator, (478) 301-5370 or vaughns_I@mercer.edu

Faculty and Staff Contacts

Dr. Mary Ann Drake
Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies


Ina Vaughns
Community Work Study Coordinator
Center for Leadership and Volunteerism
(478) 301-5370