Two years ago, a fire destroyed a warehouse on our property that housed thousands of dollars of goods for the families in our community. Today, we have turned that tragedy into something spectacular for the community. Prayerfully considering our options, we decided to use the insurance money from the warehouse fire to jump start (again) our Isaiah 58 Capital Campaign. God gave us a vision of the future of our campus and he has so readily provided. On September 20th, we had a beautiful ground breaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction on an Early Education and Youth Drop-In Center, fulfilling our promise to bring hope and opportunities to the children of urban Phoenix. We are rehabilitating a hundred year old historic building, set to open next spring. This rehabilitated silo building will house early education and childcare for low-income working families and an after school center for at-risk high school students with an emphasis on leadership development and college access services.
Thanks to your prayers and support, our 25th Kids Club was one of the best ever! For most of the 600 kids who came, this is a time they look forward to all year. They all make friends, take field trips, learn new songs, hear about Jesus, and cram more fun into two weeks than any other time of the year at Neighborhood Ministries.
This is our 25th year hosting Kids Club and it continues to be the highlight of the summer for most of our Neighborhood kids. Many of our parents and children alike all have years of great memories.
On Wednesday evenings we hold our Jr. High and High School outreach and leadership development program with 80-100 young people coming every week. First the students enjoy a home-cooked dinner. Then they choose between a leadership class, playing basketball or soccer, or just hang out with their friends. The second hour all students choose to attend one of these activity classes: wood working and welding, art class, Bible study, or a college access class.