WHY DO WE NEED TO PURCHASE NEW APPLIANCES FOR THE HOME?
Old appliances tend to break down and need repairs. We want the family to have the least amount of “surprise” repair expenses as possible. Washers and dryers are acceptable used, because they are considered a luxury.
WHY ARE HOMES NOT GIVEN AWAY FOR FREE?
It is our desire to see thriving city blocks & families, so therefore we do NOT give homes away for free. The East Lake Initiative will hold the mortgage for families for 20 years at no interest with a monthly payment that is adjusted to their monthly income.
WHAT IS MULTIPLICATION OF FUNDS?
Once families are in the homes, they will make payments to the East Lake Initiative once a month as their lease or mortgage payment. 100% of these funds will be used to work on the next ELI house-to-home transformation. This means that as more homes are refurbished & families make payments, more funds will be generated to support ongoing community projects each month.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Have your kids do chores & save up to help buy school supplies for kids or buy paint for an E.L.I. home.
Are you good at writing? Have any experience writing for grant applications? Help us get funding for our community projects through using your writing skills.
Instead of asking for gifts for Christmas or your birthday, ask for a donation to be made to support city ministry.
Get your small group to sponsor an appliance for a home.
Clip coupons or get special discounts? Get creative in how you can serve the community in this manner!
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF HOME RENOVATION?
Bucket of Paint $50 x 10
Security $100 x 4
Light Fixtures $100 x 10
Windows $125 x 10
New Appliances $300 x 5
Misc. Supplies $750
Cabinets $1,000 x 3
WHEN CAN I HELP WITH A HOUSE-TO-HOME TRANSFORMATION?
Nearly every Friday & Saturday we have servants working on the ELI house-to-home transformations. These teams vary in ages & skill-sets.
The Friday team is usually made up of skilled laborers. This is an opportunity to learn a new skill in home repair or construction. This team typically meets from 9am to 3pm.
The Saturday team is usually made up of a mixture of skilled & unskilled laborers. This is a great time for families or small groups to come serve together.
WHY WE FIX UP HOMES
Our aim is to see generational change for families living in the East Lake community. But, there’s a problem. Some families we were meeting in the Eastern side of the city were living transient lives, always moving from one place to another. This seemed to be creating instability in children’s educations & instability in the home. It is our desire to provide opportunities for families to succeed in homeownership & thus create a stable community environment.
DO I NEED EXPERTISE? WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS?
You do not need to have special expertise to serve! Many of our skilled workers could help to teach you a new skill.
And we highly encourage you to bring your kids along to serve. This is a great way for kids to learn about serving.
A part of our service to the community includes keeping the streets clean. We like to participate in the monthly community clean-up day organized by the neighborhood association as well as pick up trash around the school & neighborhood. This is a great thing for families to do together.
•Serve the inner city schools through organizing a special project that could help foster an environment for learning and creativity.
•Plant flowers at the schools and help make the community a more positive & beautiful place.
•Create fun, inspiring artwork to hang on the front doors of dilapidated homes in the community.
(This can offer a sense of hope to the neighbors!)
•Get your co-workers to serve on a Friday, Saturday, or special work day during the week.
WHAT ABOUT MENTORING?
Mentoring is a great way to pour into the life of a student. With fatherlessness (and sometimes motherlessness as well). mentoring can help change the life of a student. First year mentors commit to meet with a student at least twice a month at the school. We have found that as the relationship develops & grows over time, that mentors & mentees want to spend more & more time together. Mentoring currently takes place at the Elementary, Middle, & High Schools in East Lake.
WHAT ABOUT TUTORING?
This is a great opportunity to build relationships & invest in kids’ futures through education. Elementary school tutors meet once every week with students to help tutor in math & reading. There are activities and learning games designed to help your students learn and have fun! Middle school tutors meet once a week in the afternoon with students who need help in all subjects. Subjects usually include math, language arts, and science. This is a great way to get to know a group of students and encourage them in their education.