2016 ANNUAL REPORT

Education. Family. Faith.

 
 

By providing opportunities for spiritual, academic, social and recreational enrichment, we bring the children of South Camden and their families into fellowship with God and God’s community. In 2016, our team grew stronger, our supporters hit it out of the park, we celebrated our 50th Anniversary and we continued to care for Camden's Children.

 
I like Fellowship House because it is fun and I like it because we get to learn about God and I like when we do fun things at camp.
— Aubree, 4th Grader
 
 

Fellowship House is an extended family, where children feel secure – both emotionally and physically – in a safe, fun and loving environment with consistent structure and boundaries. In addition, Fellowship House supports parents and caregivers in raising their children.

Fellowship House’s provides a place where learning can continue. There are computers to work with, volunteers to help with homework and read with them, snacks to nourish them, and Bible lessons emphasizing the love of a God who is eager to help these little ones discover the fullness of life. The goal is for the children to grow academically, socially and spiritually.

Jasmine started Fellowship House last summer. She had an angelic smile on her face and the sweetest little personality, but behind that smile was a tragic story. Jasmine’s mother had been killed only a couple of months earlier. However, the surprising part was, instead of a heart of hatred and anger, Jasmine had a heart of love. In the safe environment of our small groups, she would talk about how she missed her mother, pray for her family, and process her loss. Through Fellowship House, Jasmine has been able to receive critical support each day, and always has a huge smile on her face!

You cannot even begin to imagine how much your contribution means to the lives of these precious children. Every day they have a safe place to process their hurt and pain, and to learn that they are loved and can have a great future.

 

100%

of the children said they made new friends at Fellowship House

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Bible Lessons Presented

 

25

coding lessons using iPads

80%

of our YouTH leaders attended Fellowship House when they were Children

I like Fellowship House because the volunteers are funny.
— Casere, 2nd Grader
 
 

An engaging academic program equips our children for present and future success as they carry out God’s purpose in their lives. Tutors assist with the completion of homework, thus inspiring confidence, improved attendance and performance in school. Enrichment programs such as reading, music, dance, art, cooking, environmental science and technology develop the children’s appreciation for culture and the arts and sciences. These programs also recognize the special, individual abilities of each child.

It is often said that the basic needs of every human are food/water, shelter and clothing- modern lists go on to include sanitation, education and healthcare. Oftentimes these are the only goals for children in impoverished areas. At Fellowship House we believe God wants much more for the children of Camden and that he has called us all to play a role in this:

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

 

In 2016 we had 246 volunteers walk through our doors. They served a total of 8,361 hours. Some of the ways this time was spent was in teaching the children Visual Arts (taught by Miranda Powell of Rutgers University) and sportsmanship (taught by Bible college students of Ground Zero Master’s Commission). The estimated value of all our volunteer's time was $91,971.

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on donations and grants to support our programs. We're grateful to the for all organizations, foundations, businesses and colleges that helped fund our programming and operations over the past year.

Additionally, on Friday, April 22, 2016 we hosted an unforgettable night at our 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ, where more than 300 of you joined us. Ukee Washington, Co-anchor of CBS's Eyewitness News, emceed the evening and we raised over $50,000 in sponsorships. THANK YOU to everyone who attended and celebrated with us, and for making our 50th Anniversary such a special event!

 

Income

Expense

 

As a nonprofit organization, we rely on donations and grants to support our programs. We're grateful to the following organizations, foundations, businesses and colleges who have funded our programming and operations over the past year.

 
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I’m proud to say that me and my siblings attended Fellowship House, my children have attended and now my grand children attend. Fellowship House is a beacon of light in the community.
— Victoria, Grandparent
 
 

Children enjoying the silde in butterfly park

What a year!

Thank you for another unbelievable year. We appreciate your support, the faith you put in our staff and and the passion you have to help open a world of opportunities for children through education, family and faith. And most importantly, we appreciate that you made it through our entire Annual Report. Here's to another great year!

— The Fellowship House of South Camden Team

 
 

Here's to 2017

And to continued success in the new year

 
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