Introduction

The Auburn Church of the Nazarene is committed to making a difference in the lives of people in our community.   Five years ago the leadership team asked this question:

If our church were suddenly removed from the community, would anyone notice?

With this thought in mind, a research project followed to locate needs around us that we could address.   The following areas of need were discovered:

  • Children and youth who were hungry for a hot, nutritious meal.
  • Children and youth who were displaced because of drug arrests that took from them the significant adults in their lives.
  • Children and youth who needed a place to play sports regardless of their level of skill or ability.
  • Children who were falling behind in school and needed positive role models.

These areas of need led the congregation to involvement in:

  • providing meals on Wednesday nights (See Cup of Cold Water tab),
  • providing care packages for displaced children (See Covered with Love tab),
  • establishing the Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Christian athletic program in Dekalb County,
  • providing homework help in area elementary schools and after school care for children in the Garrett school system.
  • Partnering with Care 2 Learn Tutoring.  Care 2 Learn is a local faith-based organization that provides a variety of high quality educational services to students of all ages.