On Saturday, October 6, almost 150 volunteers from Alliance churches across New England gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of Envision Providence.

A Grand Celebration

It was a beautiful day, as volunteers broke up into a dozen teams to fan out and blanket the Elmwood neighborhood of Providence. These teams cleaned up city streets, tended community gardens, offered prayer support to residents, and shared information on the coming Fall programs available at the Envision site.

Afterwards, everyone gathered in the building and parking lot for a block party. Kids played on the inflatables and challenged each other with life-size Jenga and cornhole games. There was plenty of food with hot dogs and burgers cooked on grills, popcorn, pizza, snacks and drinks.

Check out this recap video of all the day’s activity, and feedback from region leaders:

Support from Across the Region

“These teams of volunteers drove hours each way to come serve on the streets of Providence,” noted Robert Childs, Site Director for Envision Providence. “The churches of New England really stepped up and demonstrated their commitment to supporting our mission.” That mission includes offering short-term trips, internships, leadership development and ministry opportunities for churches throughout the region, all with the overarching goal of providing resources and support for the marginalized communities within Providence.

Here’s a list of all the churches that sent teams and supported the event:

Christ the Rock Fellowship, Worcester, MA
Crossroads Church, Vernon, CT
Faith Alliance Church, Attleboro MA
Greenfield Alliance Church, Greenfield, MA
International Alliance Church, Providence, RI
Centro Cristiano de Adoracion, Providence, RI
Providence Hmong Church, Providence RI
Christ Chapel, Madison, CT
Church of Emmanuel, Foxboro, MA
Bay Community Church, Buzzards Bay, MA
Journey Church, Conway, NH
Community Chapel, Southbury, CT
Cape Cod Bible Alliance, Brewster, MA

They were joined by ANE District Leaders, including Tom Flanders, Andy Geffers, Shelley Moulton, Sue Johnson and Linda McNeill.

Fall Programs and Next Steps

“Starting this Fall, Envision will host kids club (AWANA) programs and ESL classes for the people in this neighborhood. Our goal is to meet the immediate needs of this community, while bringing the peace and hope that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ,” Childs added.

We encourage our churches to continue their support for Envision and reach out to help facilitate these new programs. Churches local to Providence can help run the kids club and ESL programs, and those from around the region can start planning short-term trips and events in coordination with Robert for the winter, spring and next summer.

Envision will host an ESL training class November 30 and December 1. Contract Robert for more details.

For more information on Envision, listen to Robert’s interview on WARV here, or check out the new Envision Providence website.