Greenleaf Christian Church purchased its first piece of land in 1887, just 22 years after the end of the Civil War and slavery. In 1997, 110 years later, the members of Greenleaf Christian Church broadened their vision and invested $550,000 to purchase an abandoned 26,000 square foot grocery store and restaurant located on 5.5 acres of land in the North End Community of Goldsboro.
Greenleaf’s community revitalization and restoration strategic plan, Project “FAITHFORCE” (Faithfully Asserting Initiatives to Help Families Organize Resources for Community Empowerment), became the impetus for the formation of Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation (RBPCDC), a “faith-based” non-profit organization.
In October 2002, Greenleaf Vision of Faith Community Center (GVFCC) was opened and became home to RBPCDC. RBPCDC’s mission is to raise the economic, educational and social levels of the low to moderate income families of Goldsboro, Wayne County by creating partnerships that leverage human, financial and spiritual resources in a manner that supports community-wide eﬀorts to address poverty, racial injustice, family instability and education and has led to Greenleaf’s more than $12 million investment in the North End and surrounding communities.
The schools and communities served by RBPCDC are mostly racially and economically segregated. 95% of our students and families served are African American, 3% are Latino families and 2% are White families.
- RBPCDC’s long-term systemic approach in creating assets and affordable housing was instigated by major hurricane’s and floods of Fran and Floyd in 1996 and 1999 respectively, which severely impacted affordable housing inventory in Goldsboro. Faith Estates and Harris Estates projects helped to provide financial literacy and homeownership workshops and built over 60 single family homes for low and moderate families.
- Our Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly, Greenleaf Grace Village, provides 41 apartments for low to moderate income senior citizens at 30% of income.
- RBP Christian Academy and Child Care Center(RBPCACCC) is a Three Star center serving children regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or economic status, with educational resources necessary to prepare them for academic, artistic, and social excellence.
- Recognized by ECU Brody School of Medicine as a S.A.F.E. Supporter (Stop Abuse for Everyone) and a Tedi Bear Children’s Advocacy Center, RBP CACCC is a three-time recipient of the Food Bank of Central Eastern North Carolina Kid’s Café Program Excellence Award and serves from 40 to 60 children, infant through school age, 97% of whose families qualify for free lunch.
- In conjunction with CACFP and Summer Feeding Programs, we provided meals to children in the community serving an average of 75 meals per day during the summer months over the last four years. This past year we served over 1,900 meals per month and 3,800 meals during the summer.
- Project Y.E.S.S. (Youth Empowered for Success and Service) Academy Afterschool Program is a S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Math) focused, Project Based Learning program that was selected by Harvard University’s Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for participation in the YouthAstroNet program offering students an opportunity to work remotely with robotic telescopes.
With the capacity to serve 60 to 100 students in an afterschool program this school year, we were not funded by NC Department of Public Instruction due to a politically right-leaning NC General Assembly revising funding competition requirements and fund availability. More than 90% of our students are from families with one or more working parents and remain economically disadvantaged and lack the funds to pay for this support for their children. This leaves many of our students at home alone or with limited supervision and even less help for academic enrichment.
Project Y.E.S.S. Academy offered exciting and engaging activities after school for over 500 students in grades K through 9. We served students at Carver Heights, North Drive, Dillard Middle, Greenwood Middle, Eastern Wayne Elementary and Eastern Wayne Middle, all low performing schools, with two identified by the state as eligible for Charter School take-over under another NC General Assembly initiative to underfund public schools.
- Students were heavily supported with technology using iPads, laptops, cell phones and our 16-station computer lab
- Using the scientific method and the engineering process students could explore biology and the life cycle while dissecting insects, crustaceans, and worms; explore electricity, chemistry, matter and force; build robots, rockets, bridges, amusement park rides, survival structures, water filtration systems; create and model vehicles that operate using air, water and light; and build and code computers.
- Students created a community garden growing fresh vegetables for their families and became Junior Master Gardeners while learning about healthy eating.
- Students were tutored in reading and math using several online apps for differentiated individualized learning and received added assistance by a certified math teacher throughout the program to work on areas of struggle.
- Enrichment components, exciting field trips, and parent engagement rounded out the program for the families we served.