Community Focused

C.O.S.Kids is a two-generational program in support of families.

For the Child: We provide critical developmental care and healthy growth, ensuring all children are prepared to be successful in school.

For the Parent: We mobilize resources and support families to improve health, stability and education.

Mission

At C.O.S.Kids our mission is to nurture families by providing educational, financial, and spiritual support.

Vision

At C.O.S.Kids our vision is to strengthen our community by shepherding local families.

History

  1. Christ Our Shepherd Ministries was founded. (We opened with one classroom teacher and five children.)
  2. The Library opened, offering quality educational materials to families.
  3. Our presence continued to grow in the community, seeing attendance increase to 98 children enrolled in our classes.
  4. We changed the names of our ministry and library to C.O.S.Kids and Matthews Christian Library.
  5. We expanded to open four additional full-day classrooms and enrollment grew to 175 children.
  6. We became a 5 STAR center.
  7. C.O.S.Kids was voted Matthews Chamber Nonprofit of the Year!
  • 1996 Christ Our Shepherd Ministries was founded. (We opened with one classroom teacher and five children.)
  • 1998 The Library opened, offering quality educational materials to families.
  • 2006 Our presence continued to grow in the community, seeing attendance increase to 98 children enrolled in our classes.
  • 2011 We changed the names of our ministry and library to C.O.S.Kids and Matthews Christian Library.
  • 2014 We expanded to open four additional full-day classrooms and enrollment grew to 175 children.
  • 2015 We became a 5 STAR center.
  • 2018 C.O.S.Kids was voted Matthews Chamber Nonprofit of the Year!

Who We Are:

Board of Directors

Joe Snider (Chair) - Business Manager at Retail Odyssey
Randy Mitchell (Immed Past Chair) - Realtor at Keller Williams & Consultant
Jennefer Garrity (Vice Chair) - Attorney at Garrity Gossage Assoc
Kristi Byrum - Marketing Manager at Greiner Bio One
Kevin Carlisle (Treasurer) - Broker at Viking Mergers and Allen Tate
Ryan Culpepper - First VP of Investments, PIM Portfolio Manager
Estelle Brendle - Grace & Hope Foundation
Ben Freeman - VP & Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo
Rob Hunter - Retired Chief of Matthews Police; Associate Youth Director @ MUMC
Aana Lisa Johnson Whatley - Founder of C.O.S. Kids
Executive Director - Sue Sproat
Director of Children's Programs - Donna Sand
Assistant Director - Rebekah Richardson
Single Parent Coordinator - Lori Davis
Volunteer Coordinator - Ann Ennis
Billing & Administrative - Robin Havican
Librarian - Carol Warrick
Administrative Assistant - Tina Townsend
Development Associate - Lesley Volker