I have written other blogs and even spoken on community development in a variety of settings over the years. One of the common themes that I have both experienced in my own life, and witnessed […]
Why We Do What We Do
Hover or tap on the boxes below to learn the shocking anwsers
What percent of the population of Benton Harbor is unemployed?
As of 2012, 31.4% of the residents of Benton Harbor are unemployed.
Data from city-data.com
What percent of Benton Harbor residents live below the poverty line?
This is 5x the state average of 9.7%.
Data from city-data.com
Lack of Home Ownership
What percentage of Benton Harbor resident do not own their home?
As of 2013, 65% of the residents of Benton Harbor do not own their home.
Data from United States Census Bureau
Things that some people don't even consider can be major barriers to taking next steps to greatness in life. Major barriers are transportation, day care, housing, emotional barriers, and negative environmental relationships. These are significant challenges to overcome.
What We Are Doing About It
Jobs for Life provides job training and funnels graduates to work for social enterprises and other employers. Then, working at one of Mosaic CCDA’s 4 social enterprises reinforces job training with real world work experience.
Jobs for Life is a nationally recognized Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) partner program providing training in career planning, developmental assets, communication skills, and employer perspectives. We combine curriculum with a mentor for each participant and an on the job training experience to strengthen the student for their next steps.
“Poverty is essentially a broken relationship with God, community, and environment (work)”. One of the core competencies and focuses of the Mosaic CCDA is building bridges to God, our community, and to meaningful work. This involves collaborations and partnerships that cross all three major sectors: government, private, and social.
How We Approach What We Do
God is Love. God Loves all people. God’s greatest desire for us is a restored relationship with Him where we learn to love Him and love our neighbor.
God is full of Joy. God desires to give us Joy through His Spirit. If we have a Joy problem, it really is our problem.
Jesus set the ultimate example of serving. We are asked to think of others before ourselves. We have been given gifts in order to serve and impact others.
We all have a story. Understanding God’s story helps us understand our story. Connecting Conversations help us move beyond the superficial and truly connect with others.
Steps to Greatness
God desires us to be Great that His Name will be made great. Jesus redefines greatness according to Serving, He doesn’t say to not be great. God is clear that poor stewardship (not taking steps to greatness) is not acceptable.
Great leaders are servant leaders. Leadership development (ours and others) is one of our core values and central to the success and sustainability of any community.
Making a Difference
Metrics That Matter
Growing in Job Skills and Employability
Faithfully giving their time and talents
Working together to make a difference
Jobs for Life Class Size Growth
We are working to add 3 separate tracks
Story of Success
“I was on parole and in a world of a mess, until God changed my life. Instead of messing up the community, I get to clean up the community. I had to learn how to discipline myself. When I leave, I want to know that we have done an excellent job on your lawn. If you have God in your life and you can be positive, then you can make it. You can make it.”
We believe that we are better together and that you in fact can help us prepare Benton Harbor residents for further education, life, and work while exuding Christ’s love. If you have been looking for a place where you can really make a difference locally you found it! We would love your help.
All donations remain local to best impact the Benton Harbor community through Jobs for Life, Cafe Mosaic, Mosaic Resale Store, Harbor Shine, Youth Shine, and other community enhancement and development.