GET TO KNOW: Wilfredo Gonzalez, Accelerate Program Manager

Each month, we’re going to introduce you to someone from Neighborhood Focus we think you might like to know better! It might be a staff person, a volunteer, a student or parent. There are so many people involved with Neighborhood Focus that make it such a special place, we want you to get to know the people behind it!

This month, we’d like to introduce you to Wilfredo Gonzalez, our Accelerate Program Manager working with our middle and high school students. Read on to learn more about Wilfredo’s background, hobbies and interests.

Par 3 for Hope - Sign Up Now

Join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship as we hit the links for the Par 3 For Hope, an afternoon golf benefit for Neighborhood Focus.

Teams will consist of two players each, with an entry fee of $250 per team, for 18 holes of Par 3 golf at Cross Winds Golf Course. In addition, we'll have putting competitions and other fun activities for participants. Hole sponsorships, which include a two-person team, are $500.

The tournament will also host a Hole-in-One contest worth $20,000. Anyone who makes a hole-in-one on the designated hole will receive a $10,000 cash prize, with the remaining $10,000 going to underwrite the cost of providing critical summer programming for up to 150 students at Neighborhood Focus.

Neighborhood Focus is a faith-based, bilingual extended learning program for less fortunate students in grades 1 thru 12 in the White Horse Road corridor of Greenville, SC. Our mission is to create real hope and provide a solid foundation for future success.

Funds raised through the Par 3 For Hope Golf Benefit will directly impact Neighborhood Focus's summer learning and literacy efforts with students.

To register, CLICK HERE.

Chairman's Update

Hard to believe that Summer 2018 is drawing to a close. What a wonderful summer it has been for Neighborhood Focus and the children we serve. 

Over 140 children enjoyed time together at the three camps. They were fully immersed in Christian discipleship, provided daily opportunities for summer reading, had fun, visited places outside of their normal surroundings, had more fun, and, more importantly, were given the opportunity to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Many in our middle school group came to learn of the hope of Christ and asked Him to take control of their lives.  WHAT A BLESSING!

Registration for the NF Afterschool program is now well underway, with over 45 applications received by August 1. What a confirmation for your involvement in making a positive difference in the lives of these children. Last Spring, with the help of a generous donor, we were able to introduce a much-needed remedial reading program that raised the reading level of our most at-risk students by 1-2 grade levels in just 3 months. We will be continuing this program for all age groups in the coming school year and adding new supports for remedial math. Based on a successful pilot this summer, we will also be partnering with FableVision Learning to offer innovative STEAM-based enrichment activities that nurture the 4C’s – creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration – important social and emotional learning skills that all children need to reach their full potential. We look forward to sharing with you, our supporters, the resulting metrics from this initiative. 

We are pleased to share that Forestville Baptist Church will begin services in both English and Spanish on our campus beginning in September. Their merger with Berea Heights Baptist Church will bring new spiritual development opportunities for the community and the families of our children. This merger is applauded by our Board, as it will bring added facilities support to our long-term lease of the property as well as volunteer support for our programs. 

As you can see, NF has been busy and is continuing to expand its reach and programming to the vast number of underprivileged children in our community.  Christian discipleship remains foremost in our approach, and we continue to strive for excellence in providing high quality academic support, spiritual development and life skills in a safe, fun environment. 

Our accomplishments are merely a reflection of your partnership with NF, both in faithful prayer and financial support.  We hope that you are pleased with the goals of the organization and the measured outcomes of our programs.  We ask that you please consider your engagement in our mission for the upcoming school year. Without you being involved, we could not continue to bring the Hope that these children so desperately need.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Director, Keith Groce.  If you want to send financial support for the Fall term, please mail to P.O. Box 9127, Greenville, SC 29604 or you can conveniently invest online at www.neighborhoodfocus.org. More importantly, please pray for the children God has called us to serve, our staff, and our board as they work toward making an eternal difference for the less fortunate.

Thank you,

John H. Bearden

Chairman

PS – For the latest news and updates on Neighborhood Focus, including pictures and videos from our successful 2018 summer camps, follow us on Facebook or Instagram.  If you are not currently receiving periodic email communications from Neighborhood Focus, and would like to, please contact Keith Groce at kgroce@neighborhoodfocus.org.  

We're Looking For a Few Good People

As Neighborhood Focus continues to grow and expand, we increasingly need the help of dependable volunteers for a variety of one-off and ongoing volunteer responsibilities.  There is a fit just for about everyone interested in helping, with a particular need for help during the 3-6pm Afterschool hours on Monday – Thursday.  For more information, please contact Nancy Quintanilla at (864) 451-4684 or nquintanilla@neighborhoodfocus.org.

Tau Kappa Epsilon Partners with Neighborhood Focus

For the 3rd year in a row, the Gamma-Mu Colony of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Furman University has selected Neighborhood Focus as its 2018-2019 local philanthropy.  Tau Kappa Epsilon members will proactively support Neighborhood Focus with student volunteers for the afterschool program and through monetary donations to the academic needs of the organization.  The Gamma-Mu Colony of Tau Kappa Epsilon was installed as a chapter at Furman on May 19, 1950.  Its mission is “to aid men in their mental, moral, and social development for life,” according to Matt Pleasant, TKE Philanthropy Chairman.