Pastor: Bob Becker
As followers of Jesus Christ, New City Fellowship of Fredericksburg is a worshiping family intentionally seeking to make disciples from every nation, tribe, people, and language reflecting the grace, mercy and justice of God in our communities, our nation and our world.
New City does a great deal of mercy through its deacons and deaconesses by providing emergency funds to families and individuals in the community and through the justice committee. In addition, it has a separate community development arm.
Open Hand of Fredericksburg https://www.openhand-fred.org/
President: Bob Becker
Phone: (540) 834-4455
Open Hand of Fredericksburg is New City’s non-profit which was started in 2002, incorporated in 2004 as a separate non-profit and tax exempt. Open Hand is a faith-based 501(c) (3) organization which develops partnerships with at-risk youth ages 14 to 19, their families and the community by providing needed resources to build skills and confidence which can lead to a worthwhile life. Open Hand helps at-risk youth in Greater Fredericksburg which includes the counties of Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline counties. The vision of Open Hand is to establish long-term relationships with each at-risk youth in our program, helping them gain a sense of God-given purpose, productivity, and dignity in obtaining employment, building their career, and contributing to their community.
There are 4 staff and 8 Board of Directors (and soon to be 10 board of Directors). In 2018 there were 12 interns, 10 high school and 2 college. In 2017, there were 23 interns as part of the ministry.
GRAD (Gaining Respect and Determination for my life’s purpose)
Summer internship program whose purpose is to propel at-risk youth into the workforce while providing them with the resources that inspire confidence and foster the skills that will secure sustainable lifetime employment. Paid summer employment, mentoring, workshops, job preparation, life skills, character formation and leadership development is included.
PEARLS (Providing Education and Readiness for Living Successfully)
PEARLS is a partnership with Planning District 16 local high schools’ alternative education programs. The PEARLS program teaches life skills building, work readiness and, career/college exploration. Together they serve students who have been suspended or removed from regular high school classes. The program is 10hrs per week for 10 weeks, including 2 days of in-class instruction, 2 field trips per semester to local businesses and/or colleges, workshops, and guest speakers.
With both PEARLS and GRAD programs somewhere around 30-40 youth and some college age.
Raising finances. Growing supporters plus finding more youth and college students who want to work in the summer who fall under the at-risk category. Finding enough employers to hire them for the summer.