The Mission of New Life
The mission of this church operates on the 8 points of need. This is our primary means of reaching people for the Kingdom of God. This vision helps to serve the needs of the people in our community by providing assistance in the following areas.
Food: “Helping Hands” Food and Clothing Distribution – This distribution takes place on the 3rd Friday of every month. To date, we have serviced over 452 families and have distributed approximately 22,398 pounds of food through our food pantry. We have also given all families served an opportunity to “shop” for free clothing. To date, 2200 people have been clothes through our clothing distribution efforts.
Shelter: During the winter months, we have provided temporary shelter for the homeless population through the City of Camden’s “Code Blue” initiative. Each year from October through March, homeless residents of Camden City and surrounding areas are provided a safe, warm place to sleep. We have also spear-headed Parkside’s “Rebuild Day” as well as Whitman Park Community Clean-Up and Revitalization Projects.
Education: We have reached several children in Camden City with our after-school program as well at tutoring and outreach efforts at Fellowship House. We have also partnered with the City of Camden and become a summer recreation center for school-aged residents of Camden City. Children who have taken part in these programs have been exposed to creative and performing arts by attending trips to the Mann Music Center and Rutgers University Theatre. Students have also been exposed to several STEM activities and sporting events.
Employment and Training: We have established a construction pre-apprenticeship class for qualified Camden City residents. We have also provided employment opportunities for residents involved in CWEP program and Experience Works program. We have also partnered with PathStone and provided employment and training opportunities for qualified applicants.
Financial Stewardship: We have conducted several classes to encourage financial literacy. Those classes allowed participants to develop budgets and become more financially sound. Through this program, residents have been able to establish, rebuild, and/or maintain satisfactory credit scores.
Transportation: We provide transportation services to residents of Camden City and surrounding areas to and from medical appointments and various other outings.
Health: We have hosted several health fairs and health screenings for residents. We also host a weekly exercise class that promotes physical health and well-being. In the past we partnered with Faith in Prevention through the Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers to provide classes regarding proper nutrition and eating habits.