The John 3:16 Center has secured an office at The Roanoke Center in Rich Square.
Existing programs will begin this year such as Stock the Classroom, supplying all needed school supplies for every student attending two Northampton County schools.
It will also serve as a Northampton County location for the Christmas Outreach program. That program provides a full set of clothes — including socks, shoes and underwear — books, toys, hygiene items, a hot meal, a meeting with Santa and a family Bible to participants in the program.
This week, C.A.R.E./The John 3:16 Center announced the decision to create a collaborative of child and family-serving organizations and churches in Northampton County, including those who serve the grandparents and great-grandparents who continue to be instrumental in raising children in Northampton County.
This decision was guided by a recommendation from an expansion committee, which focused on this project for several months, following two listening sessions that were held in March and April which included community members in discussion of the needs and challenges facing Northampton County. The sessions identified needs such as transportation, internet services, communications between organizations, grant writing and volunteer support.
C.A.R.E./The John 3:16 is a non-profit organization that has served Halifax, Warren and Northampton counties for the past 20 years.
The mission of the organization is to eradicate generation poverty, child abuse and neglect through Christian principles of education and relationship building in the community.
Because The John 3:16 Center’s facility has been located exclusively in Littleton, the need to have a presence in Northampton County became evident in order to have a more effective impact in areas at a greater distance from their primary location.
The center said in a press release through this collaborative, they will continue to listen and work together to find ways in which to address the needs of the community through existing organizations, will seek grants and other means of support to provide necessary financial and material resources for these programs, and will provide opportunities to share strengths between organizations and ensure awareness of efforts throughout the community.
The understanding that the challenges and strengths that exist in Northampton County are larger than one organization and the belief that working together to make a difference will be the focus of the expansion to Northampton County.
“The John 3:16 Center wishes to thank everyone who was instrumental in developing the expansion to Northampton County including the expansion committee members, those attending the sessions, and the Northampton County Chamber of Commerce.”