Little Lights Urban Ministries

2016 Spring Newsletter

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recommitting to the mission Letter from steve The Board of Little Lights recently approved this as our new mission statement. Over 20 years of ministry our vision has grown and evolved, and this new mission statement better reflects our identity as it is now. With this updated mission state- ment Little Lights can better focus and guide our work as we seek to serve children, youth, and families and work with them and others of compassionate concern to build an equitable community and a place of greater empowerment. We believe God is working at Little Lights and this year we want to see our work continue to deepen and increase in scope. We are expanding this spring, at the invitation of Gloria Matthews, Presi- dent of the Hopkins Resident Council, with a new extension site at Hopkins: The 1430 Center. We are also exploring the possibility of a new site East of the Anacostia River later this year. I am currently leading, for the first time at Little Lights, a nine-week racial reconciliation study and discussion group for our volunteers and stakehold- ers, to reinforce the newest addition to our mission statement: Bringing racial reconcili- ation and healing justice into Little Lights and beyond. Our Clean Green Team also has big plans this spring and summer to continue growing and expanding our customer base and employee train- ing. Through the Clean Green Team and our other programming Little Lights seeks to foster the potential of the youth and adults in our commu- nity and help remove the obstacles that perpetuate not only deep poverty but a sense of hopelessness. I invite you to join me and all of us here at Little Lights in recommitting ourselves to the mission of Little Lights. We believe true change is possible as we sacrifice, commit, and build deeper relation- ships with our youth, families, and one another. steve park Executive Director & Founder Little Lights Urban Ministries interested in having steve speak at a service or event? visit: Little Lights Urban Ministries empowers underserved youth, families, and communities in Washington, D.C. by sharing the hope of Christ through compassionate action, caring relationships, and racial reconciliation. 2 LittLe Lights urbAn ministries SPRING 2016

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