By Grace Ministries, Inc
By Grace is a comprehensive church based community impact program designed to impact the lives of individuals, family, church, and community. It is our conviction that true change must come from the inside out. Therefore, in order to impact lives we must address the moral and spiritual foundations upon which those lives are built, while simultaneously meeting felt needs. It is also our conviction that the church, not the government, is the best social service delivery system since it is closer to the needs of people. When churches develop a Kingdom perspective, they cease being ingrown and are then free to mobilize volunteers to meet the crying needs of urban young people while strengthening their family structure in a context of compassion, moral training, and spiritual accountability. By Grace provides a hand-up, not a hand out.
·Family Renewal - By Grace envisions showing churches how to reclaim and preserve the family. The church is assisted in establishing programs that come along side the family and helps rebuild broken marriages, provides mentors for single-parent homes, offers parenting classes, trains men and women through family enrichment seminars, supports through the family counseling center, and encourages adoption. These are resources that will be brought to the community through By Grace.
·Education Revitalization - By Grace works to rebuild this part of the community by becoming an education extension as they teach the head and the heart. This approach allows knowledge to become not only practical for daily living but also relevant to a larger purpose in life.
·Business & Economic Development - It has been our experience that most single parent females generally struggle with economic issues. Welfare is the commonly suggested solution, but By Grace provides an alternative. It offers lasting solutions as unique as the people who benefit form them.
·Health Revitalization - By promoting good physical well-being in the community, By Grace’s strategy involves the church in the everyday physical Issues of life. This area of interest is comprised of a variety of preventative healthcare resources including medical testing, nutritional counseling, team sports, aerobic classes, weight training, and prenatal and mental healthcare.
·Housing & Redevelopment - The By Grace strategy models for churches ways to address physical needs in the area of housing while teaching principles that unite the home. This includes a housing development component where emergency and transitional housing for families is offered to those in crisis. By Grace encourages residents in transitional housing to take advantage of related resources such as family and substance abuse counseling, prenatal and medical care, pregnancy alternatives (adoption instead of abortion), housing referral, budget preparation and even home-buying advice.
·Community Mobilization & Reconciliation - By Grace seeks to rebuild entire communities by teaching people ways to unite and take action. Crime has drastically decreased in communities where the strategy has been implemented. There is a feeling of pride among residents of these communities who now believe that major change will not take place without individuals and families changing first then giving back to their neighbors.
·Church & Leadership Development - It has been said, "when you have oneness of purpose you have true unity." More than fifty churches banded together across racial, class and denominational lines to unite their community in Youngstown, Ohio. Working together, citizens are transforming institutions, neighborhoods and individuals through a shared purpose of community renewal.