Everyone needs to belong. Yet poverty isolates. Single mothers long for a friend to share their secrets and dreams. Boys miss their fathers. Seniors wish for a companion who would look out for them when the streets are dark and dangerous. Kids never experience attending one school for an entire year.
Relationships matter, and people who live in poverty have few that last. Sometimes, broken relationships are caused by generations of poor family dynamics or abuse. Drugs and alcohol are sometimes to blame. Mental illness, lack of transportation, crime, and failing schools increase isolation.
At Inner City Church, we meet practical needs while building relationships with those isolated by poverty. We have church and Bible studies, as well as a vibrant faith community people can participate in continuously. Everyday, we urge people to be reconciled to God, and He restores their lives and communities.