Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM)

Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM)

Advance #721001

#721001 - Offering home repairs and children's day camps for low-income families, using volunteers

Annual Goal:$15,000.00
YTD Gifts:$475.00
Location: United States North America
Partner:The UMC, Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference

Background/History

a. Before ARM, there was no organized, ongoing home repair assistance available to families living in rural areas of Sumter, Macon, and Lee Counties. Elderly and disabled families were isolated and "making due" with a leaking roof, windows and doors that allowed air to seep in, dangerous holes in floors and more. b. Additionally, many children did not have a safe place to learn, grow, and play during the summer time. Childcare facilities are a rarity. Therefore, a need for summer enrichment and after school ministries was recognized. c. Youth are seeking viable ways to learn and serve! Since they are the leaders, it is critical we help them connect the scriptures with serving and to understand the systemic roots and source of poverty. d. In Macon County, there is a need for a mission resource center/community center.

Goals & Objectives

Vision: Restoring hope and building dreams! a) To run mission camps in two locations that can serve 20-30 families/year through 600-700 volunteers. Renovate an abandoned home in Tuskegee to be sold or leased to a Veteran or low-income family in Tuskegee. b) Provide summer day camps and after school ministries in two locations for 45-90 kids that assist with Christian education, character development, literacy and academic help, as well as safe place to learn and grow. c) Renovate a large Methodist church in Tuskegee to make if suitable for a mission/community center and to host volunteer teams.

Activities Plan

a)Partner with social service agencies to identify and qualify 20-30 families per year needing home repair. Recruit over 600 volunteers per year. Provide a sense of ongoing community and family with the families we serve, sharing a genuine love of Christ with them. b) Partner with local schools and other organizations to provide spaces for day camps and after school programs. Empower school boards, teachers, and others that love and work with children. c) Work with Auburn/Tuskegee architecture and building science students to develop a master plan to renovate Tuskegee Methodist Church. Develop funding partners to help fund the restoration.

Budget and Financial Information

Income

Annual Advance Financial Goal
$15,000.00
Local Financial Support
$73,950.00
Grants
$45,000.00
Fundraisers
$56,701.00
Camp Fees
$95,000.00
Conference Funding
$14,000.00
$299,651.00

Expense

Construction and Camps
$173,384.00
Support
$22,775.00
Staff Salaries
$104,961.00
$301,120.00

Project Contact

Lisa Pierce
(334) 501-4276

Global Ministries Contact

LeKisha Reed