Community Development

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Community Development:

The Tree of Life

Who:

The Tree of Life Center is a multi-use community resource center that was established by the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica congregation to help neighboring residents restore their lives and become self-sufficient individuals. The Center is an expansion of existing programs and services offered by the Queens congregation including a food pantry, weekly community dinner, clothing closet, basic educational programs, and life coaching.

What:

The Tree of Life Center provides social services, adult continuing education, youth programs, financial counseling, training on community organizing, courses for test preparation and professional development.

Impact:

Every week, nearly 6,000 individuals receive a nutritious 3-course hot meal. More than 300 families are fed through the food pantry monthly. Free health screenings and blood drives are also commonplace for this congregation who have answered God’s call “to welcome all God’s children and transform lives.”

Get Involved:

To learn more about how you can donate or volunteer, visit FJCUDC.com


Community Development:

Jeremiah Program

Who:

Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Jeremiah prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance.

What:

Jeremiah’s proven, holistic approach begins with establishing a supportive community for determined single mothers to pursue a career-track, college education. Through a combination of quality early childhood education, a safe and affordable place to live, and empowerment and life skills training, families find stability and a path out of poverty. 

Impact:

Five years after its founding in 1993, the Jeremiah Program adopted the transformative two-generational model that would “end the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children two generations at a time.” We initially began with 18 families and have served more than 1,700 families in five states over the past twenty years.

Get Involved:

To learn more about how you can donate or volunteer, visit jeremiahprogram.org/newyork


Community Development:

North Gwinnett Co-op

 Who:

The North Gwinnett Cooperative was formed in 1991 as a ministry by the Sugar Hill United Methodist Church that provides food, clothing, financial assistance, and spiritual support to those in need in the Buford, Suwanee, and Sugar Hill communities. 

 What:

Through support within our community, we provide services to aid in finding a path to self-sufficiency. We work with families, particularly children and seniors to help make sure their most basic needs - physical and emotional are met. We distribute food weekly; provide access to financial assistance for utilities, water, non-narcotic prescription medication; resume and interview training; backpacks and school supplies; tutoring for elementary to high school students; facilitate seasonal initiatives such as  End Summer Hunger as well as the Holiday Meal & Gift programs.

Impact:

As the number of families in poverty continues to grow, the North Gwinnett Cooperative expanded its operational capacity to meet the demand for supportive services. More than 16,000 people receive food annually.  

Get Involved:

To learn more about how you can donate or volunteer, visit northgwinnettcoop.org


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