Our Journey starts at the Christmas Store—Hope for Parents Program positions
potential candidates to the store itself and to the Midtown Neighborhood
Network.The Christmas Store:December 2012—58 Families Impacted—213 of that number (143) are children. 94% of parents were women. Hope Bucks Spent—$3,366.24 (269 Work Hours) each family worked an approximate 7.5 hours toward Christmas benefits. Total Retail Inventory Value—$19,526.97 Hard Work = Hope.
And Then – Midtown Neighborhood Network: To date, nine families that total 26 family members in partnership with Dare to Care and Hope Southern Indiana offers between $75 to $125 of groceries every other week offering dignity and hope! 66% of the participating families came from the Christmas Store the others from Midtown Commons! 100% of the relationships came from Midtown Commons!
Next – From Ashes Comes Hope: Creating
hope through green space urban gardening. The Midtown Hope Garden will
replace three drug–laden lots that include a greenhouse and a future
urban hen house, so Midtown residents can extend their food budgets by
growing their own food. While this concept is not new, this will be the
first garden co-op in the area for working poor families. It will
instill community stewardship of local green space and raise ecological
awareness through education, outreach, training and demonstration
projects. The children will begin to thrive!!
And Then – New Albany’s Farmers Market: New
Albany has a thriving Farmers Market! As the harvest begins to unfold
our 12 urban garden tribes can pool their food resources and set up shop
at the market creating their own street level economy plus an
additional income within their weakened community!The Outcome – The Midtown Collective Movement* depends upon collaborative relationships from the neighborhood families, businesses, churches and nonprofits and begins and ends with Christ! The
beauty of this Circle of Dignity, Hope and Life is that we can pick it
up and move it to any community in the city, state and country!
And Finally– REPEAT AND REPLICATE!
*About Us: We are a collaborative ministry that includes partnerships
with Clean Socks Hope, Dare to Care, Hope Southern Indiana, Midtown
Commons—an outreach ministry of Northside Christian Church, St John
Presbyterian and Youth for Christ’s Midtown Ministries that radiates
hope for all residents through empowering relationships.