Southpoint Church believes that serving others and putting others first is not only one of the most effective ways to make an impact in communities but also in the lives of those serving. They are a non-profit based in Trenton that is dedicated to making serving cool again, getting people excited to help others, to create a movement of people that want to put others first and make real significant impact.
The church has done this by going into communities and establishing a presence, finding the real mental, physical, and spiritual needs of that community and then sending GO: Teams to meet those needs.
Teenagers in the group have served poor families in southeast Kentucky as well as partnered with The House of Joy in Western Romania, and have adopted a third community in Detroit. They have been sending teams for almost 10 years. So far they have provided through partners, over 250,000 pounds of food, delivered groceries to more than 500 families, raked more than 200 yards, served dozens of organizations, and have sent 2,000-plus people on Go: Teams to these communities.
For 2016, the group anticipates it will have raked around 50 yards, served 13 organizations including painting the hall for the Allen Park VFW, and sent out 46 teams with nearly 400 volunteers.
Next year it is looking to have more than 50 GO: Teams, more than 500 participants, and would like to find one to two larger scale projects where they can serve and connect cities and local businesses together.
The goal is to create a movement Downriver of thousands of people wanting to put others first and share love through intentional acts of service that meet the physical, mental, and spiritual needs.
Service opportunities included yard work throughout Downriver, including Trenton and Grosse Ile, Allen Park VFW, Allen Park Housing, Detroit Patton Park, Applewood Nursing Home, Children with Hairloss, Detroit Rescue Mission, Elmcroft Nursing Home, Child of Hope blankets, ChristNet, Rivergate, Aberdeen Nursing, Lincoln Park Pregnancy Crisis Center, and Penrickton. In addition, Southpoint Community Christian Church Women’s R.E.A.L. (Refresh, Engage and Learn) Bible Study program sent more than 75 women Nov. 14 to GoServe into the community.