Children in need
Montclair Elementary is an amazing school, located in one of the most impoverished communities of Pensacola. Students often struggle, have traumatic lives, and find the school to be a safe haven. The school has a mission to create a place where students want to learn, teachers want to teach, and the community comes together. The administration, staff, and teachers have done incredible work in transforming the school and making a positive difference in the lives of the students.
Over the past two years, Christ Church has become a community partner for Montclair where we listen to the administration and learn ways that we can bless the ongoing work of the staff. We are committed to providing mentors, assisting with school experience trips, engaging ways to appreciate the teachers and staff, and continuing to stock the school store. To be involved with the partnership at Montclair and to learn more about how to be a role model for students, contact Rev. Katie. Jennifer Adkins serves as the coordinator for school parties for classes throughout the year and coordinating teacher appreciation events.
Central Gulf Coast CDF Freedom Schools
The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Model is a summer program, rooted in the Mississippi Freedom Summer project of 1964, designed to be a literacy and cultural enrichment program for children and youth in underprivileged communities. As a research-based, multicultural integrated reading curriculum, the program provides academic enrichment, parent and family development, civic engagement with social action, intergenerational servant leadership development, and a focus on nutrition and health.
The Central Gulf Coast CDF Freedom School opened on June 24 to promote literacy for the youth in our community from Montclair Elementary, Dixon School of the Arts, and Global Learning Academy. Thank you to the Rev. John Phillips and to Jennifer Adkins, board members, in helping to prepare the opening of the school.
Since opening its doors in 2008, Children in Crisis (CIC) has provided a safe, secure, loving home to more than 800 children at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. The CIC Neighborhood, located in Fort Walton Beach, contains an emergency shelter and five family-style homes, all staffed with full-time, round-the-clock house parents. The beautifully landscaped campus also has eight studio apartments for transitional housing to help prevent young adults aging out of the foster care program from becoming homeless.
With the opening of Kay’s Cupboard, hands-on outreach opportunities at CIC include sorting food items, stocking shelves, and organizing clothing. Of course, donations of food, clothing (new and nearly-new) and household goods are always welcome. The People who are Christ Church also participate in “throwing a party” for the children at the Neighborhood Clubhouse – interacting with the children in a joyful, family-style atmosphere.
To learn more about the CIC Children’s Neighborhood, please participate in a tour! CIC volunteer opportunities are held throughout the year. Additionally, our EYC regularly provides meals and volunteers with the children at CIC. June Linke coordinates Christ Church Outreach activities at CIC and campus tours and Britton Lynn coordinates EYC volunteer activities.