Care Center Gets New Look
This enables Care ministries to better serve others
You probably noticed the new construction project that has taken place on the east side of the Northland campus, made possible by a generous private donor. Our two modular units that housed the LifeHope Childcare Center were disassembled, removed and then replaced by a single larger unit. This new facility will allow this amazing ministry to expand from two units and age groups to three, now spanning infants through 3-year-olds.
Melissa Rivera, director of the LifeHope Childcare ministry, and her incredible team are excited for the additional opportunities this presents to love on more single parents who participate in the LifeHope Childcare discipleship program.
“New moms now have the potential to receive childcare for up to three years, which allows them to work on educational, professional, financial, spiritual, and personal goals,” Rivera says. “It’s such a blessing to be able to watch the moms – and their babies – grow during this time.”
The inside of the Care Center, the part of The Rink closest to Dog Track Road, has also gotten a face-lift with paint, the repurposing of rooms, and an interactive use of space to allow congregants and others who walk through to see, hear and learn about the amazing things God is doing in our very midst.
We are a family of ministries that collaboratively and prayerfully work toward the goal of life transformation for everyone who walks through our doors, including ourselves along the way. LifeHope Childcare, LifeHope Benevolence, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Healing and Recovery Ministries, Access Ministries and the Shepherding Project all share the same heartbeat for God’s people, the Imago Dei (“image of God”) all around us, regardless of how they look, sound or function.
Being part of this family has been one of the greatest honors and joys I have had in my decade-plus of ministry. James 1:27 and 2:15-16, Matthew 25:35-46 and Luke 4:18 all proclaim the ministry of Jesus and the New Testament community: the healing and transformation of lives for orphans, widows, the hungry, the thirsty, strangers, the naked, the poor, prisoners, the oppressed and the blind, which literally and metaphorically includes us all.
We get a front-row seat to His power, grace and love every day, and it changes us because we need it too. It is hard, exhausting and rewarding work. Come join us if you would benefit from this family of ministries or would like to join our family as a volunteer. Contact Ivonne Schatte with LifeHope Benevolence at 407-937-1824, Melissa Rivera with LifeHope Childcare at 407-949-4017 or me (Jeremy) at 407-937-1774 to find out how, or, better yet, just come by and visit, take a walk through our building, and see the Lord’s goodness!
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