Key Community Areas of Focus|
Family Life Development|
Facillitate resources for churches to empower at-risk adults to self-sufficiency.
Provide joint church programs to empower poor to self-sufficiency.
Establish a vocational center as a resource to local churches.
Establishing a church housing network for the homeless.
Assist churches in securing food and self-sufficiency for the poor.
Emergency / Disaster Assistance Assist churches in providing relief to disaster victims.
Facilitate assistance and volunteer service to elderly poor.
Medical / Dental|
Facilitate health care through churches PCFC connection.
Envision and engage local churches in social evangelism.
Assist churches with resources that address community literacy needs.
Assist churches in providing financial traning to the poor.
Facilitate, cultivate, and engage churches in cultural relationship building.
|OBT targeted communities that have the highest percentage of
low-income families, the highest poverty rate, the lowest educational levels, the highest medically uninsured
rate; and the lowest homeownership rate of any area in Hampton Roads. There is great need right here at
home. What can we do as Christians, the Body of Christ collectively? I believe OBT has an answer!|
How Do We Serve disadvantage communities?
- Youth Outreach
- Literacy Programs
- GED Programs
- School Age Tutoring
- Career Delelopment
- Anti-Crime Programs
- Family Mentoring
- Emergency Relief
- Senior Programs
- Youth Athletic Programs
- Medical / Dental Care
- Computer Labs
Here are some of the outreaches we have done in our past 16 years
16 years of helping hands - our accomplishments over the past 16 years
|Community Outreach & Church Helpers (COACH)|
Description: A summer job program that equips 16-25 year old young adults from local churches to serve as mentors to school age children in disadvantaged communities. C.O.A.C.H. activities include Vacation Bible School, Sports programs, Home Visitation, Arts and Crafts, Field Trips, Summer Reading/Educational programs, Community Service Events, Child Evangelism Activities, and Bible Studies.|
Impact: In the pass 5 years over 63 youth coaches provided invaluable community service to over 1200 elementary school-age children.
|Families That Work Network (Family Mentoring)|
Description: The program help ďat-riskĒ families identify their needs while developing strategies for meeting those needs. The primary purpose of the program is to assist dysfunctional and impoverished families in developing positive self-sufficient life-style change.|
Impact: 6 churches participating with 10 families receiving assistance. Mini Mentor Training Conference and workshops educated over 70 adults. Selected as National Model by Operation Blessing International!
Description: A Tutor/Mentor Program: Local churches partner with Hampton University (Christian Student Assoc.) and Christopher Newport University students as they serve as mentors and tutors to school age children in nine at-risk communities.|
Impact: Nearly 900 university students served over 2,000 children since the program began in 1990. Recognized by the Governor of VA in 1996 for exceptional community service. 2004 Peer Tutoring Conference and Workshop educated 110 adults in establishing and conducting after school tutoring programs.
|Back To School Outreaches|
Description: Local church partners, Operation Blessing (OB), Kmart, and Wal-Mart provide impoverished children with essential school supplies and clothing.|
Impact: 375 churches, Wal-Mart and Kmart serviced over 35,000 kids to date
Description: Emergency and disaster relief is provided to Tidewater area residents who find themselves in crisis due to natural disaster or happen stance.|
Impact: Over 48,000 people have received assistance for food, clothing, furniture, utilities, and rent since itís inception.
|Holiday Outreach: Thanksgiving|
Description: Thanksgiving food outreach with United Church Pantries of Hampton Roads.|
Impact: Over 16 churches participated serving over 1500 people.
|Holiday Outreach: Holiday of Hope|
Description: Another successful partnership between Operation Blessing (OB), OBT churches, Wal-Mart, Food Lion, and Kroger's Food, that offers food, toys and temporary employment during the holiday season.|
Impact: 522 churches participated cumulatively to serve 58,800 needy people. 100 needy adults and teens received temporary employment.
|Holiday Outreach: 12 Days of Christmas|
Description: Local church partners, OB, Kmart, and Wal-Mart partnered to provide holiday ministry to special needs groups throughout Hampton Roads. Since it was initially conceived by OB and executed by OBT in 2003. Special needs groups such as women and homeless shelters, group homes, teen centers, senior care facilities, families of prisoners, children in foster care, and the blind.|
Impact: 22 churches, Wal-Mart and Kmart service 2771 people.
|Newport News Inner City Soccer (NNICS)|
Description: A genuine partnership between Dominion Terminal Associates, Newport News Parks and Recreation, NNRHA, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Hampton Roads, Tidewater Team Sports, OBI, & OBT churches. Led by CNU Head Menís Soccer Coach Steve Shaw & Elder Russell Mitchell (Rhema II Christian Center), kids receive technical skills in soccer as well as mentoring and ministry.|
Impact: 78 churches, 91 communities, and over 2100 at-risk kids gained team building experience, mentorship, and ministry since this programs inception in 1991.
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|Peninsula Christian Free Clinic (PCFC)|
Description: An amazing collaboration between local Christian doctors, dentists, health service professionals, and OBT churches that provides free health care to people well below the poverty line.|
Impact: 100+ Served monthly with over 2,000 serviced cumulatively.
|Crime Prevention: Call to Action|
Description: Anti-Crime campaign that networks the efforts of local churches with that of the local police dept. After 41 homicides in 1990, churches partner to prayer walk throughout the affected communities.|
Impact: 100 churches participated cumulatively to affect divine change in 8 At-Risk communities, representing over 10,000 people. After the first year, crime significantly decreased in several areas (Homicides, Rapes, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, & Burglary). The fight continues.
|Educational Outreach: Financial Literacy|
Description: Workshops conducted in partnership with local churches to educate disadvantage families on effective money management practices.|
Impact: Over 30 adults in disadvantaged communities successfully completed this program.