Read on to learn how we've seen families thrive over the past year!
Created for a Purpose creative arts girls camp is just one of the tools East Lake Initiative utilizes in order to fulfill the goal of “building relationships for the sake of community transformation."
In 2015 East Lake Initiative began offering Created for a Purpose, a premier girls camp, to the young ladies of East Lake in the inner city of Birmingham. Created for a Purpose was developed out of the desire to counter the messages of culture and instill into young women the truth that they are highly valued by God, created in His image, and for His purpose, utilizing creative arts.
The objective of the East Lake Initiative Green Team is for volunteers to partner with young men from the community to provide opportunities for neighborhood cleanup, assisting elderly or disabled residents with landscape maintenance, and mowing vacant or abandoned properties and overgrown common areas.
Seven years ago, East Lake Initiative took our first step into serving the East Lake community. A small group of volunteers met with Wanda Birchfield, Principal of Barrett Elementary School, to ask how they might be able to help. What did the school need? Where could she use them the most?
“We felt like the school was the epicenter, the heartbeat of the community,” Pam Bates, East Lake Initiative’s (ELI) Executive Director, explains.