August 27, 2019
It is indeed a blessing for the community of White Center to receive an inspiration grant for a second year in a row. White Center is an urban unincorporated area of King County south of West Seattle with five primary languages, multiple government housing developments, and a high poverty rate. Last year’s recipient was the Coalition for Drug Free Youth that works in the public schools to reduce substance abuse. This year’s recipient is Urban Impact’s Hub at Mt View Presbyterian Church.
Urban Impact is a multicultural, multiracial, ecumenical ministry focused on sharing the Gospel in tangible ways in order to break generational cycles of ‘social, material, and spiritual poverty.’ It carries out its mission in four church-based community development hubs in the Central District, Rainier Valley, and White Center. Its programs work to bring stability to neighborhoods by partnering with communities where its most needed.
In White Center, Alex Collier, the director of the Hub, partners with Evergreen High School to increase the graduation rate, to train student leaders, and to support the teachers who often lack supplies. He coordinates his efforts with student families and the congregation at Mt View Presbyterian Church. The Hub also holds fundraisers for the White Center Food Bank and raises awareness of immigration and social justice issues, providing opportunities for community bridge-building. If you’re interested in volunteering, Alex can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.