New Ministry Launches from Good News Partners
Affordable housing organization, Good News Partners, with 40 years history in the north of Howard neighborhood, has incubated several off-shoot organizations. This violence prevention program (C24/7), only 4 years old, is growing and changing the neighborhood.
Good News Partners welcomes a new non-profit to the neighborhood. In April, C24/7 (Christ, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week), previously a GNP program, enters a new phase in ministry. C24/7 Director, James Crockett and his wife, Natalie, are launching their own 501 (c)(3) organization. Their ministry will be independent of Good News Partners, but they will continue their programs in and with the North of Howard community.
GNP congratulates the Crocketts on the expansion of this great ministry. GNP incubated C24/7 over the last four years, providing administrative and financial support, resources, and mentoring. C24/7 now joins the list of ministries, such as Family Matters and Starfish Learning Center, who have emerged from GNP as a part of GNP’s mission to be an asset-based community development organization.
C24/7 began with a neighborhood Bible study for men involved in gangs and drug dealing. With three men attending the first night, the study grew to a steady 25+ men every Sunday evening. Later, an after school program for boys ages 5-12 began to meet three times a week, a basketball open gym, and a Women’s Bible Study were added. The C24/7 program now reaches 100 children, teens and their families each year.
GNP’s Executive Director of Programs, Karen Mosby remarked, “Our prayers go with the Crocketts. GNP stands with them as partners in ministry in the North of Howard community. We pray that they will have continued success in effectively reaching children, youth, families, and at-risk men in this neighborhood.”