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2013 Little Lights Annual Report

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annual report 2013 -3- letter from steve Shalom. Although it may be known best as a Hebrew greeting for "hello" or "goodbye," the word has a lot to do with the vision of Little Lights. e Biblical definition of "shalom" is to thrive in every aspect of life: emotional, relational, and spiritual. It is a vision of peace, completeness, and well- being. is is our dream at Little Lights. We want to see the children, youth, and families we serve experience Shalom. 2013 was a momentous year for Little Lights. At the invitation of the Resident Council of Hopkins public housing, Little Lights expanded to provide regular direct service at Hopkins for the first time. We rehabilitated an old community center that had sat vacant for over a year with the help of several churches and volunteer groups. e revitalized space has become an oasis for children and a great meeting space for adults and for the organization. It's a beautiful space and you are invited to come and visit. e Clean Green Team also continued to thrive while participating in a major beautification project at Potomac Gardens, which included reconstructing several courtyards, adding new plants, flowers, sod, and artificial turf. e Clean Green Team was also able to add a number of new customers in Capitol Hill and Southeast, Washington, D.C. Little Lights remains committed to providing holistic ministry, meeting practical physical needs, as well as emotional and spiritual needs. Although we may be known best for our academic and spiritual programs, Little Lights also provided over 10,540 meals to children through our partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank and 36,650 free diapers through our partnership with the D.C. Diaper Bank. Little Lights also continued to move toward greater long-term sustainability. Our Ignite the Light Giving Society, which has become the backbone of our development efforts, continued to grow in 2013. e growth of this program gives us both tremendous stability and flexibility to be efficient and nimble as an organization. We are so grateful for the commitment of these partners who make us strong enough to take on a bold expansion like the one we did at Hopkins. What an exciting and bold year at Little Lights in 2013! We turned 18 years-old as an organization and experienced quite a growth spurt. We also developed a "new look" for the organization as we have evolved into a fuller organization and ministry. ank you for your interest and support in the work of Little Lights. Shalom and Blessings, Steve Park Steve Park Executive Director & Founder Little Lights Urban Ministries

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