Overview: Our four main areas of focus are orphanages, evangelism, education, and community development. Our base sits in the middle of our main orphanage in Nampula, Mozambique, where we run programs to reach out to local communities.
Location: Nampula, Mozambique, Africa
Insight/Comment: Providence’s long-term missionaries, Dave and Leah Preston, highlighted this need to our congregation.
Organization: Galilee Center
Mission: Working together to feed body, mind, and spirit
Overview: The Galilee Center serves refugees, immigrants and other residents of the city with a variety of services including English classes, citizenship classes, life skills classes, after school programs, a food pantry, cross cultural counseling services, gleaned fresh vegetables and fish distribution, and mentoring for new food-based businesses. We also offer support for the spiritual journey with several prayer groups and a multi-faith spirituality center. Our motto is simply “Welcome.”
Location: 3601 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205
Insight/Comment: At some point most all of us have ancestors that were refugees or immigrants.
Organization: Children’s Hope Alliance
Mission: The mission of Children’s Hope Alliance is to provide a safe, healing journey for hurting children and families – creating hope now and in the future.
Overview: Children’s Hope Alliance provides an array of services for children, families and individuals throughout North Carolina. Our three main objectives are to:
- Provide “A Safe Home” through group homes, therapeutic foster care and adoption programs
- “Heal the Hurt” for individuals that are troubled, abused or neglected
- Encourage “A Healthy Start” through educational, prevention and developmental programs
Location: Currently 16 locations with our historic residential campuses located in Statesville, NC and Banner Elk, NC.
Insight/Comment: Both predecessor organizations were founded over 100 years ago by Presbyterians.
Organization: ACAF (Asociación Civil Apoyo Familiar)
Mission: We firmly believe that micro-loans, along with business development tools and training, can pave the way for sustainable change that empowers those living in poverty to become self-supporting members of their community.Overview: Through ACAF more than 800 people have been recipients of a micro-loan averaging $400. Rooted in the belief that a loan is much more than a check and that it signifies empowerment and trust in the loan recipient, we are committed to providing the resources for determined men and women to become successful. Not only is the loan recipient transformed, but so are their family and their community. Over time, the cycle of poverty that has often been in place for generations is broken.
A micro-loan without knowledge of business skills is not enough to help most entrepreneurs reach their goals. Therefore financial and business skill training is available to micro-loan customers. Local business men and women share their knowledge and expertise since they know best what infrastructure is in place to support new businesses, as well as community needs and challenges. Mission staff help with business plans, lay out a viable loan repayment plan and are available for consultation and support along the way. Thus, an entire community works together for the success of every micro-loan client.
Location: Chimbote, Peru
Insight/Comment: Teams of folks from Providence have gone on mission trips to Chimbote for years. Our hope with these funds is to expand our outreach to this community by giving a hand up. As recipients repay loans, the proceeds could be used to generate new loans to help improve lives there for years.
Organization: Stop Hunger Now
Overview: Based in Raleigh, N.C., we operate meal-packaging programs at 20 cities in the U.S. and in South Africa, Malaysia, India, Italy, Peru and the Philippines. We distribute meals through feeding programs operated by partner organizations in developing countries.
Meal-packaging events are the heart of our work. We work with volunteers from corporations, faith congregations, schools, colleges and universities, and civic groups. Volunteers set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck.
Meal-packaging events are a great way to educate volunteers about global hunger and inspire them to get more involved in fighting it. This year, we will package 45 million meals, and ship over $9 million in donated aid, mainly vitamins and medical supplies.
Location: 615 Hillsborough St., Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27603
Insight/Comment: To-date, Providence has packed approximately 248,000 meals through Stop Hunger Now. This event will push our total over “250” Thousand meals.
Organization: QC Family Tree
Mission: QC Family Tree works to embody an alternative, a way of life that is centered, whole, and founded on love. We who call ourselves QC Family Tree seek to be kinfolk rooted in discipleship in West Charlotte.
Overview: You will see that we are about the business of joining God in the work of creativity. We’ll be telling stories, singing songs, making art, growing gardens, and chasing after the lively Spirit who inspires us to work together to build a better neighborhood…to build a better world. You will see us framing our days with prayer. We invite you to join us in prayer wherever you are as we pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in Heaven. You’ll see us welcoming folks in, because that’s what you do for your family. We will keep eating together “family-style,” because now we know no other way to eat. The Family Tree began as Hyaets Community in 2005.
Location: 2910 Parkway Avenue, Charlotte, North Carolina 28208
Corner of Tuckaseegee Road and Parkway Ave. – in the Enderly Park Neighborhood
Insight/Comment: This is an opportunity to expand our existing outreach, service as well as financial, to a local community.