Our program exists to confront and alleviate the personal needs and societal shortcomings that affect at-risk children and their families. It is hard to explain what really takes place at Kids Alley each day. Yes, we are dedicated to assisting them with homework, tutoring them, and providing educational enrichment. We want to see them succeed in school and have the same opportunities as their peers in other communities have.
We provide a safe place for them to play outside, learn to swing, learn to ride a bike, and play soccer, basketball, and football with their friends, without worrying about what is going on with the gang on the corner.
Each program provides nutritional snacks, breakfast, and/ or lunch depending upon the time frame they are with us. We know that there is food insecurity in many of the children’s households, so we want to not only provide food, but provide healthy options and teach good nutrition. To assist with food insecurity, we opened the “Love Your Neighbor Food Pantry,” which provides non-perishables, toiletries, laundry detergent, toilet paper, and other necessities.
These are all important aspects of who we are and how we confront and work to alleviate the needs we see in our students and their families. Our vision is to see them have every opportunity to grow into thriving adults in their community.
The biggest privilege and what is often hard to explain is the work that is going on in the soul of the child and the parent.
The heartbeat of this ministry is the love that is poured out on these students and their families. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says “ If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”