Where We Work
Lincoln Village Ministry
1110 Meridan Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on our future health, decisions, and outcomes in life. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue.
Lincoln Village Ministry works towards creating environments and relationships which help children grow to be healthy and productive adults. Generational change happens when we teach others how to build strong families and communities.
Those who survive childhood trauma may carry permanent physical and emotional scars. The ACE Study found a link between having stressful events in childhood (ACEs) and chronic diseases. It can also cause social, emotional and behavioral problems. These problems included heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, depression, mental illness, suicide, and being a victim of violence.
These experiences don’t go away as adults without support. People who can afford healthcare are more likely to receive counseling to work through these challenges. People without insurance usually do not have extra funds to invest in physical and mental healthcare. Lincoln Village Ministry helps to make connections to resources so people can access necessary care.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Understanding the impact of ACEs will not only prevent future trauma but allows us to better serve those who’ve experienced ACEs to ensure the cycle of trauma is halted.
Lincoln Village Ministry is well aware that money and financial issues are significant sources of stress. Studies show that a person’s problems with money may produce such overwhelming negative feelings and self-criticism that his or her mental and physical health can be adversely affected. Financial distress also has negative effects on a person’s relationships and family life.
While current research has not explicitly identified debt and financial issues as causes of poor mental health, data does suggest a strong link between both issues. Data analyzing 65 mental health studies involving close to 34,000 participants shows that people in debt are more than three times as likely to experience mental health issues than people who are not in debt. Individuals with overwhelming financial issues are also at a greater risk of depression, alcohol dependency, drug dependency, psychotic issues, and suicide completion than individuals who are free from financial stress.
Conversely, certain mental health conditions may put a person at increased risk for developing financial problems. In particular, mental health conditions that affect a person’s mood or behavior – such as depression, bipolar, or attention-deficit hyperactivity – have been linked with money management issues. Many excellent studies show that therapy can help alleviate the strain of financial issues, and may even help eliminate the financial burdens themselves.
(“Money and Financial Issues”. GoodTherapy.org. 7/3/2015)
Taking all of this research into account, Lincoln Village Field Staff created Evolve as a way to address the challenges within our community. Taking a holistic approach to healing from the inside out, and involving the entire family in the process, we see lives being changed through the power of the gospel of Christ.
Rentals in the Area
The Lincoln Park Community near Lincoln Village Ministry has 194 units with one, two, three, four, and five bedrooms. It serves individual residents with income between 30% and 80% of the area median income.
Other individual low-income rental units range from $700-$900. Many rentals in the area are in very poor condition and are without ac or heat.
Even though we serve people who are classified as the working class, they make too little to obtain assistance through the Affordable Care Act and make too much to receive Medicaid. Leaving them in the gap of people who are unable to acquire any health insurance and can not afford out of pocket healthcare expenses.
We all have a role to play in providing better futures for children and families. No matter where you live or who you are, you can play a role in building better outcomes. By learning, engaging, and taking action we will make generational changes.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
After surviving a childhood of abuse and neglect, Tonier "Neen" Cain lived on the streets for two nightmarish decades, where she endured unrelenting violence, hunger and despair while racking up 66 criminal convictions related to her addiction. Incarcerated and pregnant in 2004, treatment for her lifetime of trauma offered her a way out...
Trauma: The Impact on Adulthood
The movie, “Healing Neen” talks about the effects of Trauma and the decisions and outcomes of those who’ve experienced trauma in their lives.
- 90% of the people in the mental health system have been a victim of trauma.
- 85% of girls in the juvenile justice system have experienced physical or sexual abuse.
- 97% of homeless women have been the victims of trauma while on the streets.
- 87% of homeless women have experienced early childhood abuse.
- 50% of women in substance use programs have experienced incest.
- People who have experienced 4 categories of ACE have a 1350% increased risk for injection drug use.
- People who have experienced 6 categories of ACE have a 4600% increase for injection drug use.
- People who have experienced 6 or more categories of ACE have on average die twenty years earlier than those who were raised in a nurturing home.
Childhood trauma isn't something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.
Trauma: Changes in Your Physical Health
The Ted Talk by Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
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Lincoln Village Ministry | Huntsville AL
Just a few miles from the most expensive houses in the inner city of Huntsville were men, women, and children surviving without the basic necessities. No running water or electricity. Plumbing didn’t work and floors were rotted from leaking pipes. Children had broken toys and went to bed hungry. A man with a heart for this inner city neighborhood stepped into the home of a little girl and her mother. That visit opened the man’s eyes and eventually a community’s eyes to the great need in their midst: the need for Christ.
Lincoln Village Ministries is the product of one man’s call to action. The call has spread all over the city of Huntsville to pour out the hope and love of Jesus Christ into the Lincoln community.
The Goal of Lincoln Village
Christian Community Development is NOT about creating self-sufficiency, training programs, or crisis alleviation. These things may be part of the outcome of Christian Community Development strategies but, by themselves, they are not the change agent. This change agent is a relationship with Christ.
Lincoln Village Ministry uses education, credit repair, childcare, housing, etc. as avenues to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want those who have been beaten down by life’s circumstances to know there is a God who made them with talents, gifts and abilities that they can use to glorify their father in heaven.
The mission of Lincoln Village Ministry is to share the transforming power of the gospel of Christ and to serve through educating, sheltering, comforting, and equipping the Lincoln community for Christ’s glory.
How Change Happens in the Inner City
Lincoln Village Ministry desires to see the body of Christ fully engaged in the process of transformation within our community, which occurs by sharing the transforming power of the gospel of Christ. We also serve the needs of the low-income and under-resourced and work towards Christian Community Development through a holistic approach of helping families in all areas of life: affordable housing, education, life skills, and low-income childcare.
We would love for you to visit Lincon Village and see how you can share the love of Christ with others.