Little Lights Urban Ministries

2013 Summer Newsletter

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LITTLE LIGHTS TIMES SUMMER 2013 ACT JUSTLY. LOVE MERCY. WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD. 760 7th Street SE Washington, D.C. 20003 202. 548. 4021 www.littlelights.org CFC# 89156 | UW# 8543 Letter From Steve: Onward in the Battle The battle for the future of young reminder that the needs of the city people in our city is tremendous. are ever-present. Problems don't go away by themselves. Change Several weeks ago, I attended the cannot happen without wisdom, funeral of a gentle-hearted young commitment, and resources. man who committed suicide. As a boy he came to our camp and We have been praying for change was one of the most polite kids, for a long time at Potomac Gardens but moved away as a teen. I'm and we have seen change happen not sure of all the reasons he took to individuals and the community! his own life, but he seemed to be running in the wrong circles and The Clean Green Team has helped somewhere in his young life, to change the aesthetics of the he lost hope. neighborhood completely. The courtyards that were made of A couple of weeks earlier, I had concrete have been beautified driven to Frostburg State to with flowers, plants, and even attend the college graduation of artificial turf. We recently heard that a young man named Rashad, the Residence Council at Potomac who also grew up in the Gardens. Gardens will be giving the Clean During spring break, Rashad Green Team an award this summer! went on a missions trip to New York City to help with the At our Family Center, staff have clean-up and rebuilding efforts assisted 11 adults from the after Hurricane Sandy. Rashad community in the past three has overcome many obstacles to months to find and keep jobs. The get his degree and is already Family Center also received a very aware of the challenges summer grant from Department of in the job market. Yet, he has Human Services to pilot a Jobs a great sense of hope and for Life class to help more determination to make it. residents be employment ready. I live in the Anacostia region of DC and commute to Little Lights in Capitol Hill. Driving through seeing adults socializing on street corners day and night is a constant is only two blocks from Potomac Gardens), we will be taking over a community center space that was vacated by the Boys and Girls Club a year ago. We will be serving an additioal 50-60 children through our summer, after school, and Saturday programs, as well as dozens of adults during the daytime. The community center is situated inside of the 1000 12th Street SE building at Hopkins and boasts nearly 2,000 square feet of space! We want it to be a place of empowerment and a beacon of hope for the community! Please continue to partner with us to help change the destinies of under-resourced children and their families and to pray that we would be strengthened to share the compassion of Christ in Potomac Gardens and Hopkins this summer and beyond. Blessings, We also feel called and ready to take on the largest expansion in Little Lights history. At the request of the Residence Council President of Hopkins public housing (which Steve Park, Executive Director IN THIS ISSUE WELCOME TO HOPKINS CLEAN GREEN TEAM: COURTYARD -BEFORE AND AFTER ART IN ACTION A CONVERSATION WITH LINDA RICE IN THEIR OWN WORDS VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: LUKE LEE HOPE FOR THE CITY BREAKFAST 2013 DO MORE 24 SHINE YOUR LIGHT

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