The Neighborhood Christian Center (NCC) is a nonprofit organization that dedicates itself to serving the needs of the city’s poor. The strength and success of the Center lie in the compassionate ministry to practical needs as an integral part of sharing the gospel. NCC offers food, clothing, household items, emergency aid, tutorial, life skill classes and Bible studies to all it serves. The work of NCC is focused on helping children, teenagers, and adults to overcome the multiplying problems of the downward spiral of poverty: hunger, low self-esteem, lack of good examples, etc. At the core of the Center’s work is the promotion of a genuine and lasting relationship with Jesus Christ who offers renewal and a reason for living.
The NCC seeks to meet the needs of those in our community; targeting families and individuals who are caught in the cycle of poverty; walking along side them to help provide avenues to break this cycle through emergency assistance (food/clothing/financial help), programs and education (financial, relationship counseling, jobs training, youth programs, etc), and through building relationships with the community that we serve. Our motto is Changing a Generation One Life at a Time.
The Neighborhood Christian Center seeks to help those caught in the cycle of poverty and/or in low-income environments to prepare them with Life Skills and meaningful employment which has an impact on breaking the cycle of poverty.
Current NCC Programs:
Food Pantry and Clothes Closet and Household/Furniture: Donated food, clothes, household items, furniture, and hygiene items are distributed throughout the city and county.
Emergency Assistance: Utility assistance provided to those in difficult financial situations when funds available.
Birth Certificate and IDs: Help with process of obtaining birth certificates, social security cards, and state IDs for individuals leaving jail, prison, and abuse shelters.
Thanksgiving Outreach: Help with organizing a community meal that delivers around 800 meals and serves another 200 meals to those in need of a Thanksgiving meal. Also, serves almost 130 male/female inmates at Morgan County Jail on Thanksgiving. More than 26 churches participate in this effort.
Christmas Outreach: Families receive baskets of food, children receive toys, and needy families are paired with more fortunate families to share blessings. In 2012, we paired more than 67 families and served more than 700 children by giving away over 12,500 donated toys. NCC provided a sit down meal at the Morgan County Jail for female inmates.
Jobs for Life/Limestone Prison/Morgan County Jail/Local Rehabs: We are currently teaching or have taught the Jobs for Life program (jobsforlife.com) to males, females and youth in different settings; such as women’s residential alcohol/drug treatment, jails, prison and youth programs. We do this on a volunteer basis, paying for all curriculum and travel. The purpose of JFL is to elevate the power of work to transform lives. It trains people not only how to get a job, but keep a job. The JfL training classes teaches timeless biblical principles concerning work and the ways those principles are applied in the marketplace. Through this training, men and women develop character and become connected to a community of support to help them obtain far more than just a job. They experience life, a life filled with confidence, self-control, coaching, learning, and faith. We have graduated more than 800 men, women, and youth from the JFL program in the past four years.
Relationship Classes: We teach relationship classes focusing on healthy dating relationships, healthy marriages and parenting, step-parenting, and youth relationships. We have taught these classes at Limestone Prison, county jails, faith-based rehabs, and in youth settings. This is in conjunction with Alabama’s Healthy Marriage Programs. We have graduated more than 560 female and male inmates in the past four years, along with more than 250 clients who attend classes on-site at the NCC and local rehabs.
Life’s Healing Choice Classes: These classes deal with people’s hurts, hang-ups and habits. It focuses on a Christ-centered recovery; providing a safe place for people to share their experiences, strengths and hopes while working through difficult issues in their lives. We are currently teaching Life Healing Choices’ classes on-site at the NCC, local jails, one prison and local rehabs.
Bible Studies: Bible studies are taught weekly at the NCC; Morgan, Limestone, Lawrence, and Madison County Jails; three faith-based rehabs; and in youth programs.
Life Skills 101: A class created in-house at the NCC. This class is six two hour sessions dealing with addictions, relationships, employment/education, finances, resources available, and a home plan. The class is currently being taught in partnership with Morgan County Community Corrections/Drug Court, Morgan County Jail inmates on-site at the NCC, and drug/alcohol faith-based residential rehabs.
Addiction Classes: Various addiction classes are taught on-site at the NCC, four jails, one prison, and three faith-based rehabs. We currently teach Life’s Healing Choices, Heart of Addiction, Relapse Prevention, Crossroads, and Crosstalk.
NCC Arts: NCC Arts is a summer urban missionary program for teenagers and young adults. The youth present the gospel through song, dance, drama, and games. They conclude the summer with a city wide production in front of hundreds. The production then goes on tour. They do volunteer work with organizations; Meals on Wheels, Lincoln Village, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc. They attend classes in finance, relationships, Jobs for Life, etc. They are paid a stipend weekly and invest 70% of each pay check in a savings account that cannot be touched until the end of the summer, teaching them delayed gratification and savings. The majority of these teens go on to attend college, while we assist them with their college planning and books.
C.A.P.S. College Assistance and Program Services: CAPS is a program for young adults graduating from high school to the age of 24. CAPS participants receive a mentor, a college box (that contains school supplies, snacks, and hygiene products), refurbished computers (as donated), and some financial assistance through purchase of their books.
TRUTH Seekers/Backyard Clubs: An after school program for elementary/middle school. We currently implement this program at 3rd Street Boys and Girls Club; providing tutoring, games, snacks, visiting time with the children, and crafts. High school students and adults volunteer in this program. We also offer a backyard club weekly at the NCC Leadership Home in the neighborhood we serve. This program is conducted by local churches and elementary school teachers; where they offer a Bible story, snacks, and recreational time.
NCC Leadership Home: One of our former clients, Joy Cowley, who is currently the Director’s Assistant, is currently living in this home with four of her children. This home is located in the neighborhood we serve. We offer programs in the neighborhood. The programs include middle school boys’ and girls’ ministry, children’s backyard club and two weekly programs for women. The home provides a safe haven to those in the neighborhood.
NCC Transitional Home for Women: This home will be open in two weeks for women who need a temporary transitional bridge for women who desire a sober and supportive environment to help continue long term sobriety. The program will come along side these women to help find steady employment, continued educational classes promoting sobriety, and life skills enhancement classes. We hope that this is the first of more homes to come.
Workforce Development Team:
One Way to Employment: The NCC will guide and support clients through the job search process and help them become employees of excellence. Staff and volunteers will assist clients in meeting ID requirements, resume completion, internet searches, application process, transportation, dressing for success, interview preparations and more. The NCC is partnering with local restaurants, employment agencies and companies to help secure employment for those who attend this program.