Our How ...
Our what …..
Meeting today’s need through practical relief programs. When an immediate basic need is not met, it is difficult for a person to consider anything else. We have several ministry projects aimed at providing relief and stability for families.
– Feeding Project – providing 20,000 free meals each year to families
– Seasonal clothing drives to provide essential blankets and coats
– Smith Family Wellness Center offering free medical and mental health services
– Fulfilling furniture needs through organizational partnerships
Caring for the needs of the next generation through seeking social reform and systemic change for the future. We believe in intentionally investing in the next generation to break the cycle of poverty.
– Childcare (including early childhood development and Pre-K curriculum) provided for children of ministry program students
– After School enrichment program for elementary school children and structured day program for middle-high school students
– Character-based sports programs (Street Soccer 658) and a soccer court in the community for youth and adults to play
Addressing needs of the next ten years by empowering others towards self sustainability. Project 658 believes that every human being has value. Our ministry projects are aimed at purposefully empowering others toward their Godly design and self-sustainability.
– English as a Second Language (ESL) classes
– Culinary Arts School
– Make Welcome sewing classes
– Church Leadership classes and Bible studies
– Job Training and resume workshops
Project 658 aims to create a culture of service and opportunities for the body of Christ to serve our neighbors practically with the love of Christ. We believe in serving through time, talent and treasure.
– Daily, weekly and monthly volunteer opportunities to serve through our ministry projects
– Community beautification and maintenance projects for groups
– Family partnership with families in the community to provide mentoring and friendship
– Apartment community partnerships and outreaches
John 6:58 “I am the Bread of Life, whoever eats this bread shall not die but will live forever.”
God works in funny ways, It was 2009 that a group of 27 men traveled across the globe to Uganda to serve in a war torn area of the country. This group had the honor to serve many displaced people from the war and work in refugee camps. Part of the trip was helping build new structures for the developing ministry center. The bricks that were to be used had to be made by the group. So these 27 men worked together to make the bricks for the construction project. That day, they set a new world record for the number of bricks made in one day …. 658. As those men traveled back to the States they wanted to continue the work of serving communities in need. They launched a simple initiative called project 658 to help raise funds for displaced people in Uganda. That simple effort to sell T-Shirts to help those in need quickly grew into a work to help the hurting in our own city. It didn’t take long until it turned into a growing ministry to provide ongoing physical, emotional and spiritual support for our neighbors in need. In the same way God used the hands of a group to make bricks to rebuild a community, He is using the hands of so many to Restore Hope for our city.
Does Project 658 make a difference?
Hope. It’s a word that we use often. It’s a word that is best understood by those who have lost it. To lose hope is to miss out on what Christ has called you to. We at Project 658 believe that in Christ we all can have hope restored. We seek community transformation through the powerful work of Jesus and we are committed to serving families in greatest need in our city and around the world. We believe that the only way a community is transformed is by putting Jesus at the center and allowing his work to bring change. Our goal is to bring hope back to these communities that feel lost, forgotten, and in despair. The goal of Project 658 is to see hope restored.
As long as people in our community struggle to find simple solutions to their daily lives. As long as they need clothes to wear, food to eat, medicine to stay healthy, and skills to find work. As long as they feel lost, nameless and voiceless in a new country that is not their own. As long as they limp through the streets of our city broken by family strife, enslaved to drugs, alcohol, and sex, wondering if God has abandoned them… Project 658 will keep showing up. Shining forth God’s grace, His hope, His love and His truth.
We will place ourselves right in the middle of the chaos. Right in the middle of their world. With the hope that one day our friends will have a meaningful confrontation with the God of the universe. Because every time a Project 658 staff or volunteer shows up, two worlds collide. Light collides with darkness, joy collides with sadness, and life collides with death.
That is the privilege we have at Project 658. Knowing that people are lonely and hurting, and that like Jesus, we can learn their names, meet their needs, and become their friends. We believe in restoring hope to the hopeless. And we keep showing up in the lives of refugees in our community because we believe that Project 658 makes a difference.