Dear friends and supporters of Learning Help Centers of Charlotte,
2016 marks the fourth year of operation for our ministry to the families of inner city Charlotte. Our mission is to serve low income apartment residents and their children with holistic program services which build happy healthy communities. We have continued to make great strides across the city in fulfilling this mission in 2015. We were established in 2012 to break generational poverty among at-risk children and families, by empowering the next generation to stay in school and become successful for life, and positive contributors to their family and society.
Our value proposition is our incarnational residency among the people we serve. We function as caring neighbors through our resident chaplains and program services, to our resident base. We have grown in the number of children reached and families impacted each year since our inception. We do not take this for granted. Trusting relationships are the building block of what we do. Good deeds, lead to goodwill which affords us the opportunity to share The Good News.
We are really excited about planning and delivering our fourth annual summer enrichment camp experience. Each year we have made changes to improve the experience for our families and children. In 2015, we increased our capacity to a full-day program incorporating a morning vacation bible school, in addition to afternoon excursions to local attractions. We also partnered with The Kennedy Foundation to offer two meals per day including a nutritious and varied home cooked lunch meal for our campers. In addition, we added ministry partners and increased volunteer participation by over 100 middle school students, thanks to Cross Missions and The Radius Group. Our camp experience included over 4,500 hours of reading by over 180 children, including many book reports by our year-round elementary school children in grades 4 and 5. To cap off a fun summer, we treated our chaplains and award-winning scholastic students with rewards days to the Lazy 5 Ranch and Wet-n-Wild waterpark in Greensboro.
Residents and children have been most appreciative of our program services and the wonderful work of our chaplains and volunteers. One mother told us “I am so happy to see my children having fun with their friends and learning new things, including bible lessons and making good choices. I have seen positive changes in my children’s behavior around the house”. A sixth grader, who is an only child, and who has been in our program since inception had this to say “I like coming to the tutoring program because I need help with my homework. Saturdays are also cool because I like to play soccer with my friends. I am more confident and feel comfortable praying here and at home. Thank-you for all you have done for me and my parents”
Ironically, many of the challenges facing low-income families—poverty, inflexible or unpredictable work schedules, discrimination, limited parental education, limited English and potential documentation issues increase the potential value of out-of-school programs, but also may make them more difficult to access. More information on our after school programs can be accessed here
Looking to 2016, we have once again partnered with Central United Methodist Church to offer a holistic summer enrichment experience for families. Parents will be encouraged to learn English, using digital learning techniques, while children are cared for in childcare or our summer camp. Our afterschool program continues to engage children with a homework and reading focus, and will include much needed digital interactive learning.
We could not accomplish what we do without the support of donors, partners, volunteers and resident chaplains.
Thank-you for all of your contributions to LHCC in 2015. Our operating budget for 2016 is $72,000, which represents a significant increase from our actual expenditure of $11,500 in year 1. We certainly appreciate your prayers and support, whether time, talent or treasure. They all make a big difference.
May we come together to protect and bless all the people of inner city Charlotte. Through divine guidance, may we be worthy role models, as we serve each of the families who have been placed in our paths as best we can, one family and child at a time! Help us to address the injustices in our divided city, specifically education and reach relations.
While we might not think a drop in the ocean matters that much, if it ever stops raining we will realize the fallacy of that thought. All drops matter. As for us, we are much more than a few drops in the ocean. We are made in our creator’s image for a purpose far beyond our ability to completely understand.
If you wish to join us on this journey, we welcome your support. We also appreciate your time and talents, as well as financial support to enable us to fulfill our mission to reach the least and the lost in our city.
For the honor of serving I am,
Executive Director – Learning Help Centers of Charlotte
February 22, 2016