Lifegate Ministries Teen Center

For: Lifegate Teen Center - benefiting the Youth of Richmond, IN
Richmond, IN
Organizer: Mark Thomas
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The Story

Lifegate Ministries wants to help change the lives of young people by providing alternatives to drugs and other destructive paths.

To do that, the church hopes to renovate its home and open a downtown teen center and safe space open to the community.

However, about $50,000 must be raised to make that plan a reality. Many of those who attend the church can't contribute much financially to the project, so community contributions are being sought to help. So far, $645 has been collected.

The congregation currently is worshiping in the gym of Richmond's former YWCA building at 100 N. Ninth St. It has a basketball goal in one corner, reminding members about the goal of creating the teen center.

Lifegate's senior pastor, Mark Thomas, says the church needs to raise money to convert the former swimming pool into its sanctuary, and then the teen center would be created in the gym. They have a volleyball net and basketball goal and would like to stripe the floor like a gym floor.

Smarrelli General Contractor already has designed a floor cover for the swimming pool area, and the ceiling has been painted, but the project requires more painting, carpeting, building a platform and rewiring.

"We're hoping it's going to be a combined effort," Thomas said about involving the community in the teen center project.

Thomas would like to get the project completed this year if possible. He projects it will cost about $50,000 to finish construction in both areas of the church and equip the teen center with games and supplies.

Your donation is tax deductible. Thank you for your support, and God Bless!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Mark Thomas

TO DO LIST,

  • ELECTRICAL SWITCH BY BACK ALLEY DOOR
  • ELECTRICAL SHORT DOWN STAIRS CEILING LIGHT
  • ELECTRICAL FUSE IN BOX UPSTAIRS
  • ELECTRICAL THERMOSTATE IN UPSTAIRS GAME ROOM
  • ELECTRICAL REPLACE LIGHT BULBS IN SANCTUARY
  • ELECTRICAL REPLACE SEVERAL LIGHT SWITCHES
  • PLUMBING BROKEN DRAIN TILE  
  • PLUMBING REPAIR CRAWL SPACE DRAIN 
  • PLUMBING FIX ALL DRIPPING FAUCETS  
  • PLUMBING REPAIR WOMEN’S TOILET SEATS

    This is a partial list, but the portion we are reaching outside out congregation for help due to the nature of the items. If you would like to assist with any of these items, please contact Mark Thomas at 765-914-4059

Posted on March 31, 2016 by Mark Thomas

MARCH RECAP:

RICHMOND MAYOR ENDORSES THE PROJECT

We would like to thank Richmond Mayor Dave Snow for his personal contribution toward Lifegate Youth Center and his endorsement of this much needed project. Many exciting things are happening with the project.

YES. March has been an exciting month. In addition to Pastor Mark Thomas and Pastor Chuck Satterfield having a personal meeting with the new City Mayor, the Honorable Dave Snow, and very easily winning him over to the cause. The cause for our community. He made a personal donation, and he gave his endorsement for which we are extremely thankful.

March Has Been Exciting

Other items during the month of March.... Brother Mike Michael Lantz organized the first in a while, Men's Breakfast and as breakfasts go, it was early; but we gathered at the Church and ate some of his great homemade biscuits and sausage gravy. The men had a great time. There were around 20 people present. Coming out of the meeting was the assignment to prepare an organized "TO DO" list that would provide the plan down to the level of prioritization.

The list is done and a copy is on hanging on the bulletin board of the church entrance; if we can figure how to post it here, we will.

Shortly after that breakfast, the painting crew came in and a big thanks goes out to Brother Micheal S. Williamson and for they completely painted the West & North walls and part of the East.

Brother Bill & Sister Ronda Ann Clark completed a new sound booth and put it to use during the month of March.

Pastor has called together a group of a few men to oversee the finances of the Building Fund Project. We requested the bank to issue a completely separate checking account. We have added this level to provide the level of transparency that is above reproach and we want nothing more than to honor the trust and goodwill that people are placing in the delivery of the intended project.

Then the story made the front page of the Richmond Palladium Item and shortly after that the story was picked up by the national news which catapulted the story in newspapers across the United States of America. Newspapers in San Francisco, Washington DC, Billings Montana and Austin Texas. Google Search Teen Center Richmond Indiana. Here is the link to the original story. http://www.pal-item.com/.../church-wants-offer.../80458112/

The weekend of Easter 2016 brought out the largest level of support by our local members than at any other time in recent history. The building was full of people taking on assignments in excitement of the fulfillment of the vision to bring a new Teen (Youth) Center to downtown Richmond Indiana.

Funds are coming in, they seem to have hit a low point lately, but the building fund to date from the inception which predates this you caring site is over $5,000.

Thanks on behalf of Pastor Mark Thomas, it is a dream worth being part of. Please take a list at our TO DO list and maybe you are a skilled painter, a plumber, electrician and want to help out, we would be excited to have you talk with our project manager Brother Bill Clark.


Posted on March 31, 2016 by Mark Thomas

The Palladium Item story for reference, we will repost here...

Lifegate Ministries wants to help change the lives of young people by providing alternatives to drugs and other destructive paths.

To do that, the church hopes to renovate its home and open a downtown teen center and safe space open to the community.

However, about $50,000 must be raised to make that plan a reality. Many of those who attend the church can't contribute much financially to the project, so community contributions are being sought to help. So far, $645 has been collected.

The congregation currently is worshiping in the gym of Richmond's former YWCA building at 100 N. Ninth St. It has a basketball goal in one corner, reminding members about the goal of creating the teen center.

Lifegate's senior pastor, Mark Thomas, says the church needs to raise money to convert the former swimming pool into its sanctuary, and then the teen center would be created in the gym. They have a volleyball net and basketball goal and would like to stripe the floor like a gym floor.

Smarrelli General Contractor already has designed a floor cover for the swimming pool area, and the ceiling has been painted, but the project requires more painting, carpeting, building a platform and rewiring.

"We're hoping it's going to be a combined effort," Thomas said about involving the community in the teen center project.

Thomas would like to get the project completed this year if possible. He projects it will cost about $50,000 to finish construction in both areas of the church and equip the teen center with games and supplies.

Seeing the need

The former YWCA has been home to a few congregations and ministry programs in the past 20 years.

Lifegate was able to purchase its current home in December 2010 and has been making improvements as money and members' time allow. However, the 35,000-square-foot building requires a great deal of maintenance and utilities.

The church previously was located on Salisbury Road.

"But we felt we were not where we belonged since we were so far from the heart of the city," Thomas said.

The church's mission is to seek and serve those who are lost, and Thomas said it's hard to do that when they were far from those they wanted to serve.

"God opened up this opportunity for us," Thomas said.

In five years, the congregation has increased from 30 each Sunday to an average attendance of 100 to 120.

Lifegate members also get out into the community as much as possible. On Thursdays during warmer weather, its street ministry team roams downtown.

"As dangerous as it might seem, we've been very well accepted," Thomas said, noting some neighbors now are looking forward to the visits.

Members have prayed with people wandering by the church, and Thomas said it's rewarding to help those who are hurting but sad to see what they're going through. Some are affected by addictions.

Speaker's message sparks idea

Lifegate welcomed a motivational speaker last year named Tony McMullen, who described how he became addicted to drugs and alcohol, eventually becoming a drug dealer who killed a friend and spent years in prison. The Oklahoma resident now shares his testimony on how he went from death row to living for Christ.

McMullen's talk helped open church members' eyes to the seriousness of local drug and alcohol issues and inspired them to seek ways they could make a difference.

They've also listened to Richmond Police Department Detective Pat Tudor from the Wayne County Drug Task Force, who provided them with information about signs of drug use to look for and shared alarming statistics about local overdose deaths.

"We began to think of how we can stop the problem before it starts," Thomas said.

Thus, the idea for the teen center was born. At first, they hope to have the center open a couple times a week. Eventually, they want to offer it as a safe place for those in need.

Thomas believes in the power of youth to make a difference. He mentioned a kid who started attending Lifegate's youth group and that enthusiasm spread to family members starting to attend church.

"If we can get them off the streets, we can have an influence on them," Thomas said. "Our desire is to reach teens before they get into problems."

Thomas plans to tap the expertise of youth pastor Chuck Satterfield, who has extensive experience working with troubled youth.

The church already opens its doors to the community for a variety of programs, including a daycare and after-school program called Happy Heart Kiddie Kampus in the church from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

And it shares its building with a Hispanic church, Cielos Abiertos (Open Skies). Representatives of that church came to Lifegate about two years ago and said they didn't have any place to offer services on Saturdays and Sunday evenings. Since Lifegate's services are on Sundays and Wednesdays, they decided to share space.

How to help

Donors are encouraged to send checks to Lifegate Ministries at 100 N. Ninth St., Richmond, IN 47374 with "Building Fund" in the subject line. Donations of needed construction supplies and items that would appeal to teens as well as volunteers to help with construction also are welcome. For more information, call (765) 966-4518. UPDATE: Donors can use the Youcaring site to submit a donation.


Posted on February 27, 2016 by Mark Thomas
Total giving online and off as of 
2-26-16 for youth center is
$2245.00  
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