Nehemiah Project – Enriching Lexington County
PO Box 227
Lexington, SC 29071
Director: Jeff Jones
For Volunteering Questions, Contact:
Mrs. Joyce Coleman
Phone: (803) 397-6944
For Health-Related Questions, Contact:
All discussions are confidential.
Who We Are: A Christ centered, totally volunteer, relationship based, research minded national Pilot Project serving more than 1000 Lexington County SC families.
Our Vision: To provide hope, transform lives, and enrich our community of Lexington County SC.
To meet students and their families where they are and to help them help themselves, we offer programs in partnership with a wide range of like-minded individuals, churches, schools, municipalities, organizations, and agencies. At our 2801 Augusta Highway, West Columbia, SC, Nehemiah Headquarters, we develop strategies, teach volunteers how to share God’s love with their neighbors through the giving of their time and talents, and provide assistance to help families help themselves have a better life. Because 90% of our students live in poverty, most are unable to pay to participate in activities and events. Scholarship funds enable them to do so.
- Focus on the individual young people,
- Focus on their schools, teachers, and coaches,
- Focus on their homes, families, and neighborhoods, and
- Provide outdoor adventures to develop leadership, skills, and teamwork.
Focus on the Individual: Providing employment-focused training to help them achieve financial independence
- Marketplace Training: We emphasize all the elements required to get and keep a job, including strong work ethic, interpersonal and life skills, interview techniques, resume’ writing, proper attire and etiquette, and completion of job applications.
- Jobs, Inc.: Students enjoy opportunities to apply learned skills and attitudes as they participate in summer and/or part-time jobs.
- Cars+: Transportation is a major challenge for many of our students and adults seeking to maintain employment and/or attend school. While applying a degree of “compassionate accountability,” we provide used and reliable transportation to deserving individuals.
- Hand Soap Business: In this after-school program students learn how a real world business operates, selling Nehemiah Hand Soap, all revenue going into a scholarship fund for that student for education expenses after high school graduation.
- Speaker’s Bureau: We schedule student visits to churches, schools and other organizations for the purpose of sharing their Nehemiah Project experiences. The students learn to organize their thoughts and express themselves and get positive feedback and encouragement as a result.
- Fast Track GED: Every Friday and Saturday, in partnership with The City of West Columbia and Midlands Technical College, we help adults earn their GED, offering instruction, coaching, and free practice tests, all at no expense to the individual. Graduations, with families invited, are celebrated twice per year.
- Road Trips: To broaden the horizons of students, we expose them to people, places and opportunities beyond their normal environments. Future career opportunities are emphasized.
Focus on the School: Partnering with schools to support and supplement the efforts of their teachers and coaches
- After-School Tutoring: Mondays through Thursdays we provide students with academic tutoring, mentoring, character development, career awareness, access to computers, and leadership training.
- Mentoring: This “ministry of physical presence” is the MOST impactful of all of our ministries because our students need example-setting adults of good character in their lives. Experience is NOT required to serve in this area, and orientations and guidance are available for willing volunteers. Being a good listener is the key to success. Mentor schedules are determined according to the volunteer’s availability. Both students and mentors report this experience as being “life transformational.”
- Home Visits: More than 1,500 home visits were conducted this past year, most unannounced. These visits enable us to improve school attendance, prevent dropouts, and identify home based needs of the individual students.
- Flip It!: Every Wednesday morning before school, we cook and serve pancakes to students from Airport High School, BC High School and Fulmer Middle School. This event gives us a chance to get to know the students and gain their confidence.
- Student Athlete Support: We build relationships with and identify the needs of student athletes through feeding football players and their coaches every Friday night during the football season.
- Rock, Paper, Scissors: We encourage our students to participate in music and visual arts activities which enhance their intellectual and social development and better enable them to become successful, responsible, and informed adults.
- School Supplies: We provide school supplies to students who would otherwise have none.
- The Party: This end-of-the-year celebration is for graduating high school students, their families and friends.
Focus on the Home: Partnering with parents, neighbors, and neighborhoods to boost the quality of their home lives
- BelleMeade Estates: Through a relationship-based approach, in partnership with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, we provide hope and transform families’ lives in this low-income community.
- Hub of Hope: Through a variety of offerings for families and students, including family Bible studies, prayer, and meals, this former home serves as the epicenter of BelleMeade Estates activities.
- Giving Table: During this festive seasonal offering we serve a meal, clothing and entertainment for families in our community.
- Warehouse: Through the use of a large facility provided by a local church, we are able to pickup, store and distribute donated items such as food, clothing, and furniture.
- Wellness First: This ministry is designed to serve as a template for low-income communities. In partnership with the Christ Central Free Medical Clinic, we meet the wellness needs of families while stimulating students to consider health care related careers.
- SOS: Many of the families we serve have few resources and often have emergency needs. As possible we apply “compassionate accountability” and help them help themselves with food, emergency housing, furniture, medicine, transportation, etc.
- Good Samaritan: Committed to helping those in need and to establishing and growing relationships with our neighbors, we feed some families on a daily basis and host many food and fellowship events such “Hot Dogs in the Park,” “Back to School Bashes,” etc.
- Chicken Wing Dings: Once each quarter, we invite students and their families, and “friends of Nehemiah” to enjoy casual fellowship and lots of chicken wings. This activity builds relationships and trust.
Provide Outdoor Activities To teach leadership, skills, and teamwork – Camp Nehemiah
- A residential facility on 38 acres with a home and four ponds
- Teaching leadership and discipline through team building activities, archery and other outdoor activities under the leadership of positive male role models.
- Providing a caring environment while encouraging, empowering, and equipping young men to be tomorrow’s leaders.
- Camp Nehemiah is available upon request for use by other groups also.
447 Sandy springs Lane
Lexington, SC 29073
Directors Tina & Gil Owens