Ministry Opportunities at Farmway Village
Farmway Village is a low-income housing area, managed by the Caldwell Housing Authority. It is located about five miles from Caldwell and looks like a small town. There are 250 units which house from 1200 to 1400 people. It began life as a migrant labor camp and the population is primarily Latino. Most are of Mexican descent. Many have immigration challenges.
Though it looks like a town, there are very few services on site. Several years ago, the housing authority and Grace Episcopal Church collaborated to remodel a storage building and provide more space for those needed service providers. Grace Church now has a dedicated office and nursery area and use of a common room. This makes ministry programs possible and much more practical, so we are in the beginning stages of developing new programs in partnership with Farmway residents.
An obvious need is homework help and mentoring. The young people at Farmway are navigating between cultures. They need “bridge people” they can trust so they can explore and eventually find firm footing not only in the culture of their parents, but also in the culture of this new country. This requires someone with an open mind and heart willing to be in responsible relationship for a serious amount of time. This is a ministry of encouragement, of walking with someone who is different and valuing that difference while sharing your own wisdom and experience. It is holy and demanding work.
We are also working with healthcare and social work needs. These programs are in development, but if this area interests you particularly, please let us know.
We truly believe that the Spirit is at work in this ministry, so we are open to all ideas and inspiration. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us. If you have ideas, please contact us. It is exciting and rewarding work!
NNU STUDENTS: Did you know helping with the after school tutoring, or other programs at La Capilla de la Gracia at Farmway Village, can help you earn your cross cultural requirement??