Neighborhood Christian Centers was formally established in 1978, after the ministry of its founders, Monroe and JoeAnn Ballard, began on a grassroots level in 1968. Reacting to a need within their community, JoeAnn and Monroe provided housing and care to their community as well as a foster home to 75 children. The Ballards’ vision was to help families achieve upward mobility by creating pathways to higher education and eventually breaking the cycle of poverty from one generation to the next.
We believe that by ministering to the practical and spiritual needs of our neighbors, we can assist them to move from reliability to sustainability. We offer hope to broken communities where neighbors have been disenfranchised by society. NCC values the philosophy of "respect for the total person," regardless of their poverty-stricken circumstances. We believe that time and consistency will lead to more effective relationships and the ability to effect change in the lives of an individual, their family, and ultimately in the community at-large. In 2018 alone, NCC served over 58,000 neighbors in need through programs such as Compassionate Ministries, Youth Empowered to Succeed (YES), and Adult and Family Empowerment Programs.
While the Christmas season may be full of joy and hope for some, many of our neighbors experience fear and stress due to their lack of resources. NCC responds to this need by organizing food packing events to provide 10,000 food boxes, each allowing a family of four to eat for four days. This year we will host our Compassionate Kids Event on December 12 for church families with children (ages 12 and under) to come together to pack these food boxes.
Our second packing day will take place on December 14 for families with children (ages 12 and up) and friends to pack boxes as well. Look for more information on the GSL website, and come join us at one of these fun events!