Little Lights Urban Ministries

2015 Annual Report

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Little Lights is 20 years old! 2015 was a milestone year, marking our 20th Anniversary of compassionate, holistic outreach to vulnerable children, youth, and families. We were extremely excited to celebrate with over 500 guests at the Little Lights 20th Anniversary Benefit at the JW Marriott this past October. Little Lights would not be where it is today without the help of our many friends, like you, who have invested their time, finances, and prayers. e past year saw Little Lights achieve greater stability and pursue steady growth across our various programs. At the start of the year we received the largest grant in our history from the Agnes Chapman Legacy Fund for $220,000. $100,000 was given for oper- ating reserves and the other $120,000 will be spread over three years. Student programming continued to flourish across our three sites: the Little Lights Center, Potomac Gardens Cen- ter, and Hopkins Center. All year round we served 120 students with quality after-school care and a six week sum- mer day camp. Our students diligently worked and improved academically, ate healthy meals and snacks each day, and found a caring, safe environment to learn and have fun. Our one-to-one mentoring program saw an increase as we started the year at 30 mentoring matches and had 40 matches by year end. ese life-chang- ing relationships build on the work of our year-round programs and deepen the sense of connectedness and hope in a young person's life. e Clean Green Team also expanded significantly. ey had 314 individual landscaping jobs in 2015, in addition to their largest contract with DC Housing - more than doubling their workload from 2014. In November the team also gained significant exposure as the feature of a Washington Post column by Courtland Milloy. I am excited to see the team continue to make strides and become more excellent in their work. rough the Little Lights Family Center 216 adults accessed import- ant resources, such as job search help, free diapers each month, and information on GED classes and job training programs. It continues to act as an important community asset for Potomac Gardens and the surrounding neighborhood. Under the leadership of our Chairman, Michael Oh, our board of directors also continued to strengthen and develop. Little Lights finalized a board consti- tution, revised and approved a new mission statement that better reflects the evolution of Little Lights, and con- ducted an overnight retreat to dream big and discuss tough topics, like the issue of racial justice and unity. A Milestone Year LET TER 2

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