How It Started                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         In August of 2011 Lavern and Rosanna moved into Logan Park as newlyweds. Logan Park is one of the largest apartment complexes in Sacramento, housing over 2,000 people in 600 units. They were surrounded by hundreds of children. From the beginning they wanted to be involved in people’s lives and were especially drawn to making a difference in the children’s lives. They started close to home by learning to know their next door neighbors. They invited the neighbor children over to play games on their living room floor. Soon the neighbor children began to bring their friends and neighbors. So they started a weekly Kid’s Club. As Kid’s Club grew, they moved it from their apartment into a local community building. The ministry overseeing the community building kindly allowed them to use it free of charge.

Streetlight Christian Ministries Begins                                                                                                                                                                                         In 2014, Streetlight Christian Ministries became a 501(c)3 nonprofit and formed a board to oversee the work.  Around the same time, Lavern was asked by the apartment complex manager to consider overseeing a community garden project.                                                                                                                   By 2017, it was becoming difficult to continue the work while raising a family, and holding a full time job.  At the advice of the board, they began looking for people to help with the many opportunities around them.                                                                                                                                                                      In 2018, Lavern quit his job to focus on the ministry.  In August, the first single ladies joined the ministry to help with Kid’s Club and the community garden. In November, the team started tutoring children who were struggling in math and English in the afternoons. Streetlight rented a building nearby and started renovations.

English Classes Start                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The ministry began holding after-school tutoring in Math and English at the beginning of 2019.  Around the same time, more immigrants began to move into the area.  When some of them began asking for help learning English, they began to explore what curriculum was available and what they could offer to them.By the end of 2019, the ministry was renting a local building and working to prepare the space for classes.  Streetlight Christian Ministries moved into that space in time to begin the 2019 school year.  English classes moved from the single ladies apartment into that space and they began putting more emphasis on helping the children that needed help too.                                                                                                                                                               Today there are four teachers teaching English to adults as well as holding classes for children.  The immigrants continue to move into the area and the demand for classes is continuing to expand.  They currently are working with over 40 adults and many more children.  What opportunities are on the horizon for Streetlight Christian Ministries?  They hope to meet the opportunities with God’s help.

Streetlight and the Kids of Today                                                                                                                                                                                                  The neighborhood children continue to be a big part of our lives. They come to the patio every afternoon to receive a serving of fruit. Rosanna always has a cheerful smile and kind words for them as she hands out countless portions of fruit. We have afternoon classes in Math, English and Reading for school-age children, and we join them at the park every Monday during the warmer months to play games and interact. Every Saturday the Lamp Post fills with happy sounds as children arrive for a craft, a snack, and a Bible story, the ever-loved Kids Club.                                                                                    We have weekly Bible classes for both children and adults. We believe that Jesus is the ultimate solution to the afflictions in our world, and we want to share that with others.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         We could never have grown a ministry like this on our own and stand amazed at what God is doing. We are very grateful for your support and prayers!