Lord’s Gym City Center

Each week, we will be featuring an organization that provides invaluable programs and services for the San Joaquin community that uplift and strengthen those who may be struggling or in need of assistance. Many of these organizations are not too widely known, so our goal is to share their commitments and contributions to the San Joaquin County community.

The Lord’s Gym City Center, although equipped with various exercising equipment, is much more than just a gym. Located in Stockton, CA, the Lord’s Gym City Center aims to foster a safe, fun and hopeful environment for members in the community of all ages- especially the youth. Teens’ memberships are sponsored by members and community partners of the City Center and funded through various donations, so that youth aged 13-17 are welcome to join the gym free of charge. Along with gym equipment and the basketball court, teens have access to the City Center’s education facility, as well as an assortment of gaming equipment. The Lord’s Gym City Center is a haven for teens to build their confidence, gain a desire for education, discover new friendships, and strengthen their relationships.

Since it’s opening in 2010, the City Center has welcomed thousands of members and has served as a beacon of hope for the community. Recently, they’ve moved to a more spacious location on Hammer Lane. The official grand opening for this new location will be held this month, on February 22nd, where they will be sharing their vision for Stockton and discussing their impact on the community. The City Center is also looking to expand their welcoming staff with volunteers and mentors in order to further their goal of strengthening the community, expanding possibilities for the youth, and cultivating Stockton’s potential.

                                

Community Serving Community

Thank you Child Abuse Prevention Council and  Leadership Stockton for having us join your non profit session!

H.O.P.E. Family Shelters

Each week, we will be featuring an organization that provides invaluable programs and services for the San Joaquin community that uplift and strengthen those who may be struggling or in need of assistance. Many of these organizations are not too widely known, so our goal is to share their commitments and contributions to the San Joaquin County community.

H.O.P.E. Family Shelters, also known as Hope Ministries Inc., is located in Manteca, CA. Their objective is to reduce homelessness in the community by providing the homeless with food, shelter, as well as various programs and services to aid them in becoming occupationally and residentially independent. Hope Ministries Inc. are currently housing homeless women, children, as well as single fathers with children. Their mission statement states that they are a “non-profit, faith based organization dedicated to providing shelter and services to homeless and low-income families that cultivate self-respect, self-reliance, and spiritual direction in order to strengthen families, individuals, and the community.” Various churches fund the individual rooms that house the residents to provide them with a clean environment and a safe and personal place.

Residents of Hope Ministries Inc. are also given support through “Project Hope,” which is a project with the goal of strengthening families and empowering them by giving them life skills that will lead them towards success and brighter futures. Residents are required to participate in various chores during their stay and to attend several workshops, such as resume building workshops. Recently, a United Way grant has funded Hope Ministries Inc. with their first ever computer lab to make this process easier. After acquiring resume-building skills through the workshop, residents now have access to computers that allow them to construct and print out their resumes, thus arming them for their occupational endeavors and journey towards an independent life.