Neighborhood Ministries is a hub of community activity where basic necessities of life are joyfully met, including providing a safe place for youth to engage in sports, activities, and the arts. Whole generations of families have forever been changed by being shown a way out of the cycle of poverty that grips most urban communities. The results have been nothing short of miraculous and a testimony of the power of Jesus Christ to transform people using the faithful passion and work of Founder and President Kit Danley and scores of faithful employees and volunteers making daily differences.
The organization was founded in 1982, but the vision of serving and impacting the urban community began years before. As a teenager, Kit Danley’s heart was bent toward helping and serving the marginalized and forgotten in downtown Phoenix. Her relationship with Christ galvanized her calling to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the poor and disenfranchised. The vision of Neighborhood Ministries is not just to serve the community, but to be part of the neighborhood…"to be the presence of Jesus."
Services They Provide:
Basic Needs Services
High School Diploma/GED
Job Training Services
Barrio Works’ mission is to create self-sustaining, community-based programs and shop spaces for the youth and adults of Neighborhood Ministries that nurture and develop hands-on, industrial arts and entrepreneurial skills in an environment that encourages creativity, provides access to the resources required to act on it, and recognizes the reciprocity between creator, investor, and patron.
Education for Life
Education for Life (EFL) offers comprehensive education assistance to over 100 at-risk youth, making a long-term commitment to their growth and development from pre-school to post high school studies. The goal of EFL is to see youth succeed by providing an educational and mentoring support system aimed to decrease deviant behavior such as truancy, drug abuse and gang activity and increase educational aspirations.
An on-site preschool, Katy’s Kids.
Case management and tutoring.
Educational advocacy, school follow-ups, including tracking grades, and attendance.
As youth enter high-school, additional services are offered such as jobs development and counseling.
College Access Services give high school students scholarship and college application assistance.
Provides housing and educational/vocational support to young adults ages 18 and up, as well as intense leadership development and discipleship. Community members live together in the house with their host family and participate in an internship-like role with the house’s urban farm as well, practicing practical life and work skills transferable to school and workplace while contributing to the mission of the farm.
Hope House Farms
Provides our young people with leadership opportunities and our community with fresh and affordable produce, as well as serve as a welcoming place of life, faith, and joy. This urban farm is becoming a hub for community life, with local families coming weekly to work and harvest produce to take home.
Faith-based support and counseling
Pre-natal, birth, and breast-feeding education and support
Relationship skill building
Transportation, meals, and childcare for program meetings
Other resources, as needed
Neighbors at Work
Assists at-risk and adjudicated youth and young adults in obtaining and maintaining employment. We help them reach financial stability and self-sufficiency through employment training, life skills development and case management.
Job skills & readiness training
A custom screen printing and embroidery business which employs men and women from our community; Provide hope through jobs, employing under-resourced men and women, teaching job and life skills, helping them to become productive members of the community.
Mercy Minds is an alliance of mental health professionals committed to offering Christ centered behavioral health services to individuals and families. The program provides resources and compassionate care in order to facilitate wholeness and emotional health to the undeserved in our community.