Students are about to 'FALL' in love with our new programs!

 (Left to Right) Cris Stricker and our new Youth Program Director, Samantha Quick

(Left to Right) Cris Stricker and our new Youth Program Director, Samantha Quick

Cris Stricker has been a mom to our young girls since the very beginning of the ministry. The relationships that have been forged through the their small group moments, retreats at Maranatha, and occasional text messages and phone calls are priceless. Samantha Quick has just recently joined the team as our new Youth Program Director! We are so excited to have her as she joins Cris, and so many others who have volunteered their time to empower the youth! Having a full-time youth director has been a long-time prayer for us, and it is through your faithful partnership and financial investment that we were able to bring Samantha on board. She’s already brought new programs and new volunteers to the ministry, and OUR KIDS ARE EXCITED!!!

This fall, LifeBUILDERS kicked off brand new youth programs for Kids and Teens in our area. We are SO excited!!! Our Kids program, "CreativeBUILDERS" was completely filled up weeks before the semester even kicked off! Check out what we’re doing…

TEEN GIRLS CLUB | 6th-12th grade

Mondays from 3:15-5:15 @ The Branch

Teen girls grow in God and with each other through games, food, crafts, Bible studies, small groups, serving opportunities, and so much more! They are building real relationships through these activities, and have LOTS of fun doing so!

TEEN GUYS CLUB | 6th-12th grade

Tuesdays @ The Branch

ROCK THE MIC | 3:15-5:00
A musical program for guys who are interested in rap, poetry, singing, and writing. From writing, to performing, to producing - young men ware encouraged to use their talents to glorify God as they are given high-level training and mentorship in music creation.

BOYZ TO GENTZ | 5:00-7:00
A great time of fellowship for young men, where they learn to set an example for their peers on how to be upstanding men in today’s world. Taking examples of great men in the Bible, they are taught social etiquette and how to treat women as well as each other. They enjoy a time of fellowship over a meal at the beginning of each session.


Thursdays | 3:15-5:00 @ The Branch

In the creative class, children focus on using their talents in drawing, painting, and all things creative… for Christ! They are shown how to express their creativity in diverse ways, bringing glory to Jesus Christ! This expression can include nature, spoken word, sculpting, movies, music, and so much more.

One Saturday, each month, we host a Creative Builders Camp from 10:00-3:00 at The Branch, where students enjoy the same experience that they get for a month at our summer day camp. They participate in a variety of activities as they learn about Jesus, build friendships, and enjoy meals together.

Back to school!

We love our summers here at LifeBUILDERS! Kids day camp, youth internships, sharing the LifeBUILDERS story in churches, and before company boards of directors, supervising volunteer work crews helping us reclaim the neighborhood… there’s never a dull moment. But, it is also exciting watching the transition from summer to fall.

It seems like, overnight, we look out our office window and see Kelly Road teeming with students coming and going from Chandler Park Academy. Many students are also at the bus stop, waiting to head to a different local school. Every year, we are reminded that our job doesn’t stop at Labor Day. The fall greets us with another opportunity to Empower our students, and what better way to empower, than to equip students with the supplies they need to start the school year off right?

Thanks to the donations of many caring individuals, ministries, and organizations, we were able to personally distribute over 175 designer backpacks to students in our community. Not only did they receive backpacks, but your donations allowed us to fill those backpacks with the top items on the standard back-to-school list. This includes, paper, pencils, erasers, rulers, clue, hand sanitizer, and more. We want to say THANK YOU! But, who are we kidding… these smiles say it all!

Education initiative

Eight students are enjoying a quality Christian education at Parkway!

This summer, LifeBUILDERS was the featured mission group during one of Maranatha’s family camp weeks. We had the opportunity to introduce our new education initiative, in which we have partnered with Parkway Christian School to provide a quality Christian education to children in the Regent Park community. Our goal is to have twenty students enrolled by 2020. To get things started, we successfully enrolled eight fully sponsored students for the 2018/2019 school year.

See the video below to hear from some of the people already involved in this initiative - from Parkway staff, to parents and currently enrolled students.

Our Early Childhood Education facility has officially opened!

When we first set our eyes on the abandoned McGregor Elementary School building, we just knew that God had plans for this campus. From brick to boulder, we wanted to see this property reclaimed to provide another venue of hope, light, and community. First, we cut the grass, and did some other necessary landscaping to provide a great outdoor space for recreation and sports for our youth. We partnered with many churches, individuals, and even organizations, such as Nike, and Kresge, and for the past several years, have been able to host our sports programs here at Boulder Park, as it is known to our community. We have also hosted our annual Tent Week here in this beautiful space.

But what about the abandoned building?

Once riddled with extensive water damage, vandalism, graffiti, and corrosion, we worked with construction professionals and architects to see just how much of this building we could Reclaim. We ripped away what was beyond repair, and fortified that which was redeemable. We met with education professionals to find who might be the perfect partner for us to provide a quality early childhood learning experience to families in Regent Park. This place is state of the art! Perhaps the finest facility of its kind in the area, we are so excited that this will be open exclusively to Regent Park residents, including a parent’s hub, with a computer and wifi where parents can conduct job searches, develop resumes, and check email.

Thank you for partnering with us financially! Opportunities like this don’t come to this community without help from great people like you who long to see hope restored here!