Regional ministry goals
- Love our city and its people
- Match gospel proclamation with demonstration
- If possible, partner with existing organizations rather create new organizations
- Impact and influence life as early as possible
- Empower our people to SEE needs, ENGAGE, and ACT.
- We desire full participation from our church family
ALTERNATIVES PREGNANCY CENTER
Alternatives Pregnancy Center offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, material items, STI testing and counseling for men and women. Since opening their doors in 1991 Alternatives has saved more than 1350 lives and has served over 13,000 women. The mission of Alternatives is to support expecting parents and share Christ’s love and forgiveness.
Join their team of volunteers and serve as a receptionist, client advocate, male advocate, help organize material donations, and more!
Liaisons - Nick & Mary Sennert, Kyra Dunham
FOSTER AND ADOPT
Currently in the state of Iowa there are over 4,000 children in the foster care system
in need of a temporary home. Nationally and internationally there are hundreds of thousands of children in need of a permanent home through the foster system,
adoption agencies and private adoption arrangements.
Do you have room in your heart and home? Join with other Candeo Families and become certified for foster care or adopt domestically or internationally.
For more information on foster care in Iowa visit www.iowafosterandadoption.org
Liaisons - Steve and Jen Yerkes
Our local schools are being asked to address more needs than ever. Beyond educating children, schools provide supplemental food, clothing, transportation, assistance to parents, and mentoring for at-risk children. We want to partner with area schools and educators to meet some of these needs with a specific focus on providing mentors or reading buddies and meeting food needs.
We are currently partnering with:
Cedar Falls Schools: Orchard Hill Elementary, Southdale Elementary, Peet Junior High
Waterloo Schools: Cunningham Elementary, Lou Henry Elementary
Liaisons - Varies among schools
HOUSE OF HOPE
House of Hope is a two-year transitional program for single, homeless mothers. For over 20 years this program has been providing safe homes, life skills education, and individual support to help mothers establish self-sufficiency. House of Hope is currently serving 15 women and their families with dozens more on a waiting list. 86% of all women who complete the program attain self-sufficiency.
As House of Hope expands to a new building, a new program will be launched to support young women aging out of Foster Care in order to prevent homelessness and the cycle of poverty.
Get involved today by serving as a mentor or tutor, offering childcare, home repair/maintenance, providing home goods, and more!
Liaisons - Glen Keith and Michelle Jungers
Love Inc (In the Name of Christ) is a national organization that exists to mobilize local churches to transform lives and ultimately our communities in the name of Christ. In partnership with 28 area churches, Love Inc of the Cedar Valley enters into relationship with those in need, works to take them out of their place of need, and get them into vibrant community. Love Inc. received over 5,000 calls and met over 3,300 individual needs in the Cedar Valley last year. Additionally, Begin Now, the life transformation ministry of Love Inc, offers life-skills education and support to break the cycle of poverty and move families into a place of self-sufficiency.
Love Inc is looking for volunteers of all kinds. Consider serving as an Intake Volunteer, help with minor household repairs, offer transportation or provide a “hand up” through the Begin Now transformation ministry.
Liaisons - Reid and Stephanie Carlson