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2011 Fall Newsletter

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LITTLE LIGHTS TIMES Fall '11. ACT JUSTLY. LOVE MERCY. WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD. 760 7th Street SE Washington, DC 20003 202. 548. 4021 CFC# 89156 LETTER FROM STEVE TO CONTRIBUTE THROUGH CFC, PLEASE DESIGNATE IN THIS ISSUE LETTER FROM STEVE CONNECTING WITH SCHOOLS BETH DEWHURST The Clean Green Team (left to right) : Blake Dunlevy, Shirley Ford, Antonio Smith, Joseph Whitley, Brian Watson, Gary Sams Jr., Mary Park, Rubin Davis, Bryan Byrd. Not pictured - Thomas Rice I have been looking at a lot more grass lately. My family purchased a new home in Anacostia last year and I have been cutting and trimming my yard instead of hiring out. At the Little Lights ministry house, where many of our staff reside, Tiffany Gibson and her husband Nathan led the charge to lay down sod in the front and back yards where grass stubbornly refused to grow. Most significantly, Little Lights has taken over the management of the Clean Green Team, a landscaping training program which provides professional job training as well as part-time employment for adults. IGNITE THE LIGHT BANQUET JOSIE ORTEGA I also truly feel that God is continuing to DONOR SPOTLIGHT PAUL & ELIZABETH KIM grow this garden G.E.M. Thaddeus called Little Lights – pruning and Breaking ground at Potomac Gardens. nourishing us to grow Our leadership prayed about into greater things! Smith, who both work part-time with youth at Little Lights, were in the program from the beginning. They are now the managers of the Clean Green Team and lead the The program was started inside training and landscaping work that Potomac Gardens last year by Faith- is accomplished. works, another non-profit organization. Little Lights introduced Unfortunately, in the difficult ecoDave and Blake Dunlevy, long-time nomic climate Faithworks could friends of our organization and no longer sustain the program. owners of D & A Dunlevy Landscap- Faithworks asked Little Lights to ing, to Faithworks to help with the step in and help the burgeoning training. Faithworks negotiated a team continue. Antonio, Shirley, contract with DC Housing Authority Dave, Blake, and the rest of the team for this new team, called the Clean had worked very hard to build the Green Team, to provide the land- team and the Housing Authority scaping work for Potomac Gardens was happy with their work. and nearby Hopkins public housing facility. Shirley Ford and Antonio FALL ACADEMIC UPDATE BETH DEWHURST the decision to help the program under the Family Center umbrella. In the end, we made the decision to go forward. We are now very excited about the Clean Green Team! DC Housing has given us additional contracts for additional work as well as the contract for leaf and snow removal! So, everywhere I drive and walk around, I'm more appreciative of nicely cut and trimmed grass as well as the work that goes into landscaping. I also truly feel that God is continuing to grow this garden called Little Lights – pruning and nourishing us to grow into greater things! THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT Steve Park, Executive Director BOARD SPOTLIGHT NANCY HARLAN RYAN PEMBERTON VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT SAM MOORE NEW STAFF CALENDAR NOVEMBER 21 VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY NOVEMBER 23-25 THANKSGIVING BREAK DECEMBER 10 CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 14 LAST DAY OF FALL PROGRAMS DECEMBER 19 - JANUARY 02 OFFICES CLOSED

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