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The Next Projects

About the Next Projects

Christ Church has a long history of addressing unmet needs in the community. Through the help of parishioners and community partners, Christ Church helped start Project Host Soup Kitchen, the Greenville Free Medical Clinic, the Stephen’s House, the Sterling Hope Center, and more. Now it is time to do it again. The tradition is continuing as we are currently working on the following projects:

  • Joshua's Way, the development of land in the Sterling Community to provide up to 11 homes for affordable housing. Learn more.
  • Jasmine Road, Inc. (a women’s restoration home) will provide a rent-free home for two years to women who have been victims of prostitution and drug addiction in order to help them heal, learn job skills, and live a stable life. Learn more.
  • An after-school tutoring program called HOPE Works, which focuses on engaging disadvantaged children in becoming life-long learners of academic, career, and life skills so they can become independent, thriving, and contributing members of their communities. Learn more.
  • A Book Distribution Project with Read Greenville to get 100,000 books in the homes of children this year. Learn more.
  • A satellite campus for non-profits in the Whitehorse Road Community, which will enable individuals to receive the services they need in one location. Learn more.

For more information on these projects, contact Kevin Mertens


Joshua's Way

In the News: Groundbreaking for New Greenville Affordable Housing Development
City Planning Board Approves Habitat Project in Sterling Neighborhood
Historic Partnership Formed for Greenville Metro and Upstate South Carolina
City of Greenville Community Development

A number of Christ Church members contributed to the purchasing of a piece of land in the Sterling Community on Jenkins Street in the hopes of building a school. We soon realized a school was not necessary as public schools were built in the area. A team of volunteers researched what this land could become and stay in line with the Sterling Community Master Plan as well as the intended mission of the land to be for the betterment of the community. In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Greenville, Christ Church will develop a pocket neighborhood that will become a cornerstone in the community for healthy revitalization that also preserves the integrity of the historic community.

The acre and a half will boast up to eleven homes with the hopes of a common area for a playground or garden. Houses with front porches will face each other inviting neighbors to become friends. Six of the houses will be designated for homeownership through Habitat for Humanity. The remaining five will be rental duplexes for senior housing.

In order to complete the plan, we will need parishioners to help bring in other partners, businesses and churches to contribute to the build with their time and financial contributions. Christ Church will build the first house on the property with the confidence others will join us in making this community a reality. For years, the Sterling Community has been looking for someone to make an investment that will reawaken the treasure that is Sterling.

Jasmine Road, Inc.

This project is a collaboration between Christ Church and Triune Mercy Center to provide a home for five women who have been victims of prostitution and drug abuse. By providing a rent-free home for two years while also providing healthcare, job skills training, and intensive counseling, these women will be given the tools they need to heal and contribute to society. In time, there will be social enterprise projects that will employee the women.

The committee working on this project is divided into subgroups with groups focusing on strategy, the women, the home, partners, and the social enterprise. 

A group of women from Christ Church and Triune Mercy Center went to Nashville to learn about Thistle Farms and the Magdalene House after Becca Stevens spoke at Christ Church in October of 2015. Thistle Farms provides the framework and expertise for those “sister communities” creating new homes. Learn more about Jasmine Road here.


H.O.P.E. Works

H.O.P.E.:  Holistic Opportunities to Promote Engagement

H.O.P.E. Works focuses on engaging disadvantaged children in becoming lifelong learners of academic, career, and life skills so they can become independent, thriving, contributing members of their communities. H.O.P.E Works is moving toward this goal by improving after-school programing by training volunteers, offering tools to measure progress, and providing opportunities for children to interact with people in the workforce. H.O.P.E Works is working to expand existing models which provide measures for the after-school programs.

This project team has focused their energy over the last few months into putting together a team of current and former educators who have volunteered to implement many of the academic "best practices" from H.O.P.E. Works in three local after-school programs. The first after-school program they are working on is the Sterling Torch Program. They will also be sharing their results and monitoring other H.O.P.E. Works efforts at Neighborhood Focus and Frazee Dream Center.

Book Distribution

Christ Church volunteers have been working with Greenville First Steps to distribute books to children in Greenville under the name of Read Greenville. The goal is to distribute 100,000 books to children in the community this year. The City of Greenville donated the use of the old armory building at 2201 Laurens Road for the group to use between August and November 15. On August 12, 10,000 books were given out at the Freetown Community Center as part of United Way’s School Tool Campaign. On September 21, a team of 70 volunteers distributed 30,000 books to agencies in the community. Between the two events, volunteers donated over 500 hours.

After three book distributions (one in May, one in August and September, and one in December) we have distributed 65,000 books from three different locations. Volunteers contributed 201.5 hours of time during the last distribution alone.


Satellite Campus

Conversations continue with Sally Green, the Executive Director of Project Host Soup Kitchen, to create a space in the Whitehorse Road Community for non-profits to gather and offer a space for individuals to receive assistance. Project Host is currently looking to partner with a church in the Whitehorse Road Community who would be willing to allow them the use of their parish hall and kitchen. If they can find a partner, Project Host will open, on a trial bases, a “community table,” where individuals and families can come for dinner in the evenings. In order to uphold the values of individuals, there will be an opportunity to contribute financially or pay it forward by offering a small amount as a donation. Project Host will depend on many volunteers to execute this project. Christ Church is currently helping to identify possible locations and will spearhead a campaign to recruit volunteers.

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