Neighborhood Ministries shines the light of Christ by partnering with others to build relationships that create safe, supportive and empowered communities, one person at a time.
We operate three neighborhood centers – the Kirwan Homes Community Center in Campbell, the Rockford Village Community Center on Youngstown’s East Side and the West Side Community Center, also in Youngstown.
We also manage a food distribution program with sites throughout Mahoning County. Last summer we provided food to 30 sites, serving over 1,000 meals a day.
We currently have a paid staff of 5 (3 full-time, 2 part-time). We are able to operate effectively with the help of interns from Youngstown State University, volunteers from churches and local communities, and paid staff through Mature Services, Mahoning Columbiana Training Association, and Jobs and Family Services. Combined we have a work force of close to 100 people, all using their gifts and abilities to bless and serve others.
Our financial supporters include some large organizations, such as the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, United Way and local foundations, and hundreds of individuals and families who agree that the light we shine in our northeastern Ohio neighborhoods is having an impact on people.
For more information on the programs and services at each location, click one of the links above.
Neighborhood Ministries began as a part of the settlement house movement in the early 19th century. The pastor of a church in Campbell, Ohio, wanted to have Bible studies for immigrants who had come to the area to work in the steel mills. Many of the immigrants did not speak English, so the ministry included English classes. Over the years the ministry developed and changed, starting with Bethel House I, followed by Bethel House II. Later on the ministry name changed again to Campbell Christian Center and expanded to two sites in Campbell, Bethel House and the Neighborhood House.
In 1967 a housing development was built in Campbell and the ministry, then named Neighborhood Ministries, began outreach to families moving into the development. As programs and funding grew, a second center was started in 1984 in the community center of a second housing development on the east side of Youngstown, Ohio. In 2003 a third center was started as a job training and outreach site on the south side of Youngstown, which was closed several years later. A 4th center was added in 2009 in partnership with West Side Baptist Church in Youngstown, Ohio and Calvary Baptist Church in Boardman, Ohio.
Over the years the ministry has changed names and acquired locations, but the purpose has been the same: to share the love of Christ with children and families living in challenging neighborhoods and situations.