Contact: Pamela and Tim Bolding
Cell Phone: (256) 616-3144
NCC Phone: (256) 351-7633
The Neighborhood Christian Center (NCC) is a nonprofit organization that dedicates itself to serving the needs of the city’s poor. The strength and success of the Center lie in the compassionate ministry to practical needs as an integral part of sharing the gospel. NCC offers food, clothing, household items, emergency aid, tutorial, life skill classes and Bible studies to all it serves. The work of NCC is focused on helping children, teenagers, and adults to overcome the multiplying problems of the downward spiral of poverty: hunger, low self-esteem, lack of good examples, etc. NCC partners with 26 churches and local judicial branches. At the core of the Center’s work is the promotion of a genuine and lasting relationship with Jesus Christ who offers renewal and a reason for living.
Low-income neighborhood, and local jails: Neighborhood Christian Center brings its educational and discipleship tools to low income neighborhoods and jails where people are unable to travel. The focus is in Decatur, AL and throughout areas in Morton County.
Budget: $450k per year
Volunteers per month: 40-45 weekly, 200-250 per month
Programs and services offered through the Neighborhood Christian Center:
Staff and volunteers from NCC weekly teach over 45 faith-based classes at the Center and Transitional Homes (belonging to NCC), prisons in multiple counties, Decatur Dream Center, Falkville Carpenter’s Cabinet, local mentorship and at-risk children’s programs, 6th Street and 3rd Street Boys & Girls Club, and in partnership with the judicial system.
NCC offers classes weekly at local prisons and rehab centers. This includes Jobs for Life, Bible Studies, Life Skills 101, among others. In the past four years, over 800 men, women, and children have successfully completed Jobs for Life through the ministry efforts of NCC. The class teaches timeless biblical principles concerning work and the ways those principles are applied in the marketplace. Through this training, men and women develop character and become connected to a community of support to help them obtain far more than just a job. NCC offers discipleship and life skills training to inmates and others not only during their sentence, but continues to meet and disciple with them after their release.
NCC offers transitional housing to women, who are either temporarily in need of place to live or need longer term support, whether through providing educational opportunities, finding employment, or promoting sobriety.
Workforce Development Team
NCC helps those leaving prisons or shelters obtain birth certificates, state IDs, and social security cards. NCC also guides and supports their clients through the job search process and help them become employees of excellence. Staff and volunteers will assist clients in meeting ID requirements, resume completion, internet searches, application process, transportation, dressing for success, interview preparations and more. The NCC is partnering with local restaurants, employment agencies and companies to help secure employment for those who attend this program.
NCC Summer Youth Leadership Program
This program is a summer urban missionary program for teenagers and young adults. The youth present the gospel through song, dance, drama, and games. They do volunteer work with organizations; Meals on Wheels, Boys and Girls Clubs, NCC projects, Hospice Camp Hope, etc. They attend classes in finance, relationships, Jobs for Life, etc. They are paid a stipend weekly and invest 70% of each pay check in a savings account that cannot be touched until the end of the summer, teaching them delayed gratification and savings. The majority of these teens go on to attend college, while we assist them with their college planning and books.
College Assistance and Program Services (CAPS)
CAPS is a program for young adults graduating from high school to the age of 24. Participants receive a mentor, a college box (that contains school supplies, snacks, and hygiene products), refurbished computers (as donated), and some financial assistance through purchase of their books.
An after-school program for elementary/middle school currently implemented at a local Street Boys and Girls Club. Tutoring, games, snacks, Bible stories, visiting time with the children, and crafts are provided. Both high school students and adults volunteer from local churches and elementary schools
NCC helps organize a community meal from 26 participating churches that delivers around 900 meals and serves another 200 meals to those in need of a Thanksgiving meal, including nearly 130 inmates at the Morgan County Jail.
Families receive baskets of food, children receive toys, and needy families are paired with more fortunate families to share blessings.
Current Challenges: Long-term discipleship is a concern. There are adults who relapse even after years of receiving ministry. There is also the pressure of being small staffed amongst many people willing to be discipled. Fundraising is also a concern. The cost alone for the jail ministry is $75k, covering 400 attendees each week (NCC purchases all material for attendees)