Church 2 Child is a long-term initiative with the goal of addressing vulnerable and foster care families in Northwest Jacksonville. Specifically we are kicking off an initiative with Northwestern Legends Elementary School, which a located in a region confronted with triangle of poverty, i.e., a Transportation, Jobs, and Food Desert.
Every child deserves to be cared for in a loving family environment. However, over 4 million U.S. children are referred to the child welfare system due to family breakdown each year. These vulnerable kids are in immediate need of life-changing care connections that can prevent devastating outcomes including homelessness, incarceration, mental illness, sex-trafficking, and substance abuse.
Our Church 2 Child initiative enhances the local churches’ ability to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect and empower active leadership from within the community of focus. When leadership comes from within the community of focus, lasting impact can be achieved. Church 2 Child merely initiates, facilitates and supports the collaborative efforts.
As a faith based initiative, our goal is Save a Child, Change a Destiny by utilizing a coalition of churches professional leaders, and resources from the Department of Children and Families.
A Church 2 Child Community Advisory Board (CAB) represents a collaboration of churches, community leaders and agencies who care for children who are at risk or are experiencing abuse and neglect and their families.
The mission of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) is to strategize, serve, and strengthen families at risk, in foster care, or affected by child abuse and neglect.
To see the US orphan/foster care crisis eradicated one community, one church, and one child at a time.
The goal is addressing the triangle of poverty — Transportation, Jobs, and Food — in Northwest Jacksonville.
In the 32209 zip code, the problems schools face are complex. The destination of a child is often impacted by parental decision, lack of employment opportunities, poor public transportation, and low quality food. Any one of these issues is difficult enough, but when multiple issues exist they simply feed cycle of poverty. The median household income level in this zip code is below $27,000 which is clearly at the poverty level. We are looking to build a coalition of churches, ministries, business leaders and city-wide resources to help resolve the food desert issue in the 32209 zip code. “Food Deserts” are communities where it is difficult to find groceries and/or fresh vegetables.
In Acts 2 the church stepped in to help meet the needs of the community. Let’s be that Church again and help those in need.